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post #1 of 63 (permalink) Old 06-17-2016, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Why was it killed?

Was b.s.ing with the gentleman that actually owns the local kawi/honda shop today. Was talking about kawasaki marking 50 years in the motor Cycle business and he makes the statement that Kawi made an grave mistake in killing off the v2k. He couldn't say why they did it. Does anyone hear know. Also in conversation it was remarked that instead of killing it off they should have mated the engine to a 6 speed and put it in the vaquero and voyager. He is of the opinion that Kawi would absolutely rule that particular market segment at this time if they had done that. Personally I would pitch a tent a week ahead in front of the showroom to get something like that. What you folks think?

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It's likely that only Kawasaki corporate knows why. Maybe ask them directly, but it might be necessary to learn Japanese to be able to be able to understand the answer . . .
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Short answer : low sales numbers.
When it came out the stand was shorter and it was heavy off the kickstand, putting off a lot of people, including the guys at Motorcycle Cruiser who gave the bike the worst reviews. In came Yamaha with a 1900 and these guys ranted and raved. Heckled that Mama Yama bought things of advertising. Other magazines followed suit, and sales were lackluster. I myself chose to test ride, and that was it, had to have one.

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Was b.s.ing with the gentleman that actually owns the local kawi/honda shop today. Was talking about kawasaki marking 50 years in the motor Cycle business and he makes the statement that Kawi made an grave mistake in killing off the v2k. He couldn't say why they did it. Does anyone hear know. Also in conversation it was remarked that instead of killing it off they should have mated the engine to a 6 speed and put it in the vaquero and voyager. He is of the opinion that Kawi would absolutely rule that particular market segment at this time if they had done that. Personally I would pitch a tent a week ahead in front of the showroom to get something like that. What you folks think?

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Thanks guys. Bout what I figured. But I would like to see a vaq or Voyager powered by our power plant.

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Sales killed the bike. I agree that it's one of the best engineered engines ever produced. The entire package needed some tweaking. I personally didn't think a 6th gear was needed but would've been welcomed. That motor hums at 90 mph in 5th like it ain't no thing.

That engine in the 1700 platform would kill.
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Personally, I think because it was just "too big" and "too powerful" for the average newbie rider, or small-ish guys.

Being 6'2" and 350 pounds, this bike is PERFECT for me, in size, weight, and power. *shrug*
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Being 6'2" and 350 pounds, this bike is PERFECT for me, in size, weight, and power. *shrug*
I'm 5'10", 185 lbs. I feel with an additional 50 horsepower it would be perfect for me.
It's adequate now though.

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I'm 5'10", 185 lbs. I feel with an additional 50 horsepower it would be perfect for me.
It's adequate now though.
Well, I was riding a VN900LT for the last 3 years...so...

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At 140 lbs I moved from a Suzuki 800 to my beast. Needless to say a little pee dribbled out on my test ride. But that just made me want it more.
If there was a way to shove this engine in a vaquero I'd do it
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