Rider’s Editor-in-Chief Mark Tuttle (2nd from left) recently paid a visit to Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA in Irvine, California, to present Team Green with our 2015 Motorcycle of the Year award for the Versys 1000 LT. Accepting the award are (from left) Media Relations Supervisor Brad Puetz; Manager, Public Relations + Brand Experience Kevin Allen; and Vice President of Marketing Chris Brull. You can read the full story about our Motorcycle of the Year selection and the contenders here.
Said Kawasaki’s Kevin Allen, “We are thoroughly overjoyed to hear the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT has been awarded the Motorcycle of the Year by Rider magazine. The large displacement adventure street segment has seen stiff competition as of late, but the value and the versatility of this machine, along with its proven engine and LT touring components truly set it apart. From a true enthusiasts’ publication like Rider magazine, this award is well appreciated and helps further justify the decision to grow the Versys family in America.”
So far we’ve racked up 5,200 miles on our long-term Versys 1000 LT, and found we only needed to add a taller windscreen—the one shown is the Givi D4105ST—to make it a near-perfect sport-touring adventure bike for solo or two-up riding. Kawasaki’s KQR 47-liter top case and Bridgestone T30 Evo tires just sweeten the deal. We’ll have another long-term report in a future issue.