In the rush of news that came out of the INTERMOT show last week, not every detail made it into our coverage on Common Tread. Now that I've had the weekend to sleep, here's some of the stuff you might not have seen yet.
The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Coming to U.S.
Kawasaki has confirmed that the new 2015 Versys 1000, revealed at INTERMOT last week, will be coming to the U.S. market. The 2015 model gets a facelift from the 2014, as well as the addition of a center stand, longer suspension travel, and slightly beefed-up wheels to support it better off-road. Pricing will be announced at AIMExpo in two weeks.
KTM Freeride E-SM Confirmed
The 2015 KTM Freeride E-SM has finally been confirmed. It will, in fact, be powered by the same liquid-cooled PMAC motor as the Freeride E, which produces 22 horsepower and 31 foot-pounds of torque, and fueled by a swappable 2.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Assuming you have the moolah to spring for it, the swappable battery packs are part of what really make the Freeride bikes interesting (besides their obvious torque-all-over nature). The battery packs charge to 80 percent in 50 minutes, or 100 percent in 80 minutes — which is about how long they'll last, as well. Charge one while riding with the other and the fun never stops.
Only downside here is there has been no announcement or mention of when these bad boys will make it to our shores.
2015 Suzuki GSX-R Line Gets ABS and New Colors
I normally hate the "new color" updates, but will make an exception in the case of the 2015 GSX-R lineup. I got to see these beauties in person at the Suzuki Dealer Show in Las Vegas last week, and let me tell you, these things look awesome.
The 2015 GSX-R1000ABS also finally gets ABS standard, something other manufacturers have had for quite some time now.