The Kawasaki Versys 650 and 650 LT get updates for 2022—electronic, mechanical, and styling. The 2022 Kawasaki Versys 650 and 650 LT are identical motorcycles, other than the hand guards and 28-liter side cases, so all changes apply to both versions of the street-focused adventure-style bike.There’s a new front fairing, and with it comes a new windshield and powered USB port. The windshield is hand-adjustable with four detented positions to select from over a three-inch sweep. The fairing has a more-aggressive angular style than previous models and has LED headlights.
The engine now has two traction control settings, plus off. To make it easy to move between settings and check other systems on the motorcycle, there’s a 4.3-inch TFT dash. You can pair your smartphone to the dash for additional functionality.The new windshield and windscreen don’t change the handling of the Versys 650 brothers. The adventure-styled motorcycle handles predictably, and the parallel-twin motor doesn’t intimidate the rider, while still offering spirited performance when desired. Touring riders will gravitate toward the LT to get the bags, which use mounts integrated into the chassis.We have tested the 2022 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to the Ultimate Motorcycling podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
Actually—Ultimate Motorcycling is giving away five copies of the book—signed by Freddie himself—to the first five listeners who contact us with the correct answer to the question: How many national AMA championships did Freddie win, and which years were they?
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So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!