Hi everybody, it's Peter and this is a video I've been excited to make for a while. In this video, we are gonna talk about what I tested this past year and which one is my favorite motorcycle. Now, if you've never seen our channel before, what I do is every single weekday I do a full video review and in-depth review of either Kawasaki motorcycles, piaggio or Vespa scooters, pedego e-bikes, or all kinds of vehicles. And I do that every single day. And this, I've been doing this since August, and we're gonna continue right through next year and beyond. And if any of that appeals to you, make sure you hit the subscribe button right now because I'll have a whole lot more content. And the best part about the content is if one of these bikes or many other bikes interest you and you have questions that I don't get to in one particular video, you can let me know when the comments below hit the subscribe button.
And I'm working with, Jim Gilbert's Power Sports, and they allow me complete access to their entire vehicle lineup. So that allows me to come back to these bikes and other vehicles on video again, to make sure that I answer your questions, both in the comments and in future videos. So this one's one I've been looking forward to the most because out of everything they sell, motorcycles are my favorite. So I was supposed to narrow it down to three, but I have a fourth one in front here. This ninja did not win, but we're gonna start with that. Let's talk about it right now. So indecisiveness seems to be my thing with the Piaggio and Vespa scooters. I also didn't quite narrow it down to three, but I will tell you that although this ninja didn't win, it's probably one of my most recommended bikes.From here you can watch Peters Video or Read What he says the choice is your enjoy... this is a great review ether way...
And we're gonna come back and do more and more and more to, to continue to answer your questions and continue to just showcase it on the channel. But let's move on to our three finalists for my favorite bike that I've done, that I've reviewed this year. So I wanna make a couple quick disclaimers about the three bikes that are sitting here. First of all, I have not yet tested every Kawasaki bike. I've only been doing reviews since August. There's been some bikes that have not shown up yet. And in 2023 I will cover every single one. So, and pretty much every version of every bike. So don't worry if uh, you don't see the bike that you want here or maybe you think there's a better bike than these, you're probably right. But again, let me know on the comments which one you like. These are out of the bikes I've tested.
These are my top three. Now you can see some similarities in design here. Uh, we'll talk about that. Uh, again, the category or the, the, the what it takes to win for me is something that I prefer, but I also wanna know what you prefer. So let's talk about what we've got. We've got the verses six 50 over here. This is kind of cheating. I used to own this bike, but I owned the 2018 model. This is the 2023 I believe. And uh, it has some updates that mine didn't have. Really like that bike, the Kawasaki Z 900 RS. Yes, I'm filming in Canada. We say Zed, you might say Z, that's fine. This bike is the best bike here, but it may or may not win for me. So we'll talk about that in a second. And then there's the KLR 650 a bike that in the past I never really considered, but it's had a number of updates through to this generation and the value is here.
It sounds fantastic. It's got good power, it's got good technology. We're gonna show you some of that. The four cylinder engine in here is super smooth and awesome. It's got really comfortable passenger seating, uh, as well. So you've got, usually most of the Kawasaki bikes are pretty comfortable for the rider, but you've got ability to take a passenger on and on a sporty bike. Sometimes the passenger seats are not great. So I love that it's got so much good. Let's take a little closer look before we say goodbye and get to our two finalists. So like I said, when I reviewed this bike, I was super impressed with it. You've got the full proper sport tires, you've got the adjustable shocks in here, the Oland shocks, you've got that horizontal backlink shock, which is, you know, the older bikes had sort of shocks over in this area.
And in no particular order, neither one of these I'm not gonna reveal which one wins yet. This one is the klr. It is a bike that I had not really spent a lot of time with until I started testing them here. And the KLR is available in this full adventure model and it's available without the bags, without some of the lighting and all those kinds of things. And it's available in the new KLR S. The KLR S video has been a popular one with you guys. And uh, the S is a little bit shorter. So what it does is it carves out a little bit, uh, lower space in the seat. It also lowers the suspension a little bit to actually gives you a tiny bit less suspension travel, which I argued probably doesn't matter for most klr riders. Some of you have kind of fought back and say no, you want as much specimen travel as you can get.
And I a hundred percent agree, but if you like a K LR to go down those dirt roads, those fire roads, those gravel roads and that's all you need, the off-road capability for if you're not going crazy offroad that K L R S gives you a little bit more approachable height, a little bit more approachable, uh, standover height and it basically gives you everything the klr is and I like what the klr gives you. This adventure model is a fantastic value under $10,000 for everything you see here, you've got good wind protection, hand protection as well. Here we're gonna take a look at the dash in a second. You do have luggage that comes from Kawasaki with this adventure model, even the rear rack, it's standard here and it's level with the seat. So if you're taking a tent or something else across here, you've got all kinds of space to sort of have this huge area to take whatever you need.
But it seems to offer some water resistance. And again, it's the one finicky piece to this that every time I'm filming I can't seem to get it back on like right now, but when I don't film it goes on the very first try. The point is it's a bit of a two-hander thing. Uh, it's crooked now, I'll fix that in a second. You also have your lights up here, which are your auxiliary lights. I don't know if you can sort of see them there. I guess you can kind of see them. Those are auxiliary L e D lights that is standard with an extra crash bar and extra crash protection on this adventure model. And then you still have a U or a um, 12 volt port over here. So you have your USB port over here, 12 volt port over there you have your um, extra lights there.
Now a tachometer is not the end of the world on this bike. It doesn't make uh, full power at the top end of the rev range. So you're gonna be shifting lower than red line anyways. Uh, but it's just to me, I'm familiar with having a tack on a bike. Anything that's a manual transmission, I like to have a tack and this doesn't have it to me. That was one miss that they probably should have put on here and especially when you consider the verses, which we're gonna look at in a second, they upgraded the dash to be fantastic. This one is a little bit lacking for me. Let's take a look at the verses and decide which one of these two is the best. So now let's talk about the verses six 50. And again, full disclosure, I've owned this bike before, of course I'm going to like it.
But there are things that I really like about this updated version that mine didn't have. So we'll talk about some of the basics. First of all, although the last bike we looked at is a 650 as well, this is a 650 twin. This one has more of that power higher up in the revs, but it's still got very good mid-range power. This to me is much more of a sports tour. Now I've been told in the comments on the other videos I've done of the versus six 50 that people are perfectly happy with it as a full adventure bike to me you would want a little bit more protection underneath to protect that oil filter and I would want off-road tires. These are more sporty tires, sport touring in feel. You can disagree with me and you can be right, but to me how I view this is a sports tour with a very comfortable seating position as well.
So taking a look at this section here, you're gonna notice some similarly similarities to the klr. The difference is the Klr adventure model for less money than this doesn't have a plastic cover here, it's actually got that USB port. Same thing with here and here. These are plastic covers for where you could put auxiliary lighting and where you could put a 12 volt port. So you've got everything you need kind of roughed in but it's not completed. And again, this costs more. So these, uh, one thing I should mention is the auxiliary lighting on the klr and all of the head lighting is updated to L E D. So this is L E D lighting, which previous generations of the verse 650 were not L e D lighting. But what you do have is this, and I wanna show you that right now. So what you get in this dash is a fully top of the line dash.
This is what you get in the top of the line sport bikes from Kawasaki. There's all kinds of views you can do here. So you do have traction control here. Now that is interesting. The Kawasaki website told me that you don't have traction control in this model and I think I told someone that you don't. It absolutely has traction control. Uh, so if I did write that comment in the past on your video, I was sitting at home and looking at the website, I thought it had traction control and it absolutely does. So you have multiple levels of traction control here with this six 50 cc engine, which we'll talk about in one second. But you also have all kinds of information in here. The dash is clear, it's easy to read in your camera. Some of the gray looks a little bit blue, but in real life it's uh, gray and everything in here is clear and easy to read.
My heels are just barely off the ground, but I'm very comfortable here. You do need to be a little bit taller to ride this or the regular K L R. The K L R S of course lowers things down a little bit and it's very comfortable. Here's that wind protection here over your hands. You've got good wind protection here over your legs. And again that windshield right there, which has this bar out here as well. So you can attach accessories like a GPS or other type of things both on the handlebar and on this. So I've gone on a long time about the verse six 50, is that our winner? Let's fade into what I chose as the winner this year. So the winner for the best bike that I've tested this year makes no sense. It's the KLR six 50. It's not the nicest bike, it's not even the most up to date bike, but there's a reason that this wins.
You can take some money off by getting rid of the adventure package with the lights, the crash guards and the bags here. But if you wanted the K L R S like that, you could still add these accessories back on and have it to be anything you want. So you could buy this bike in the non adventure model and piece together an adventure model over time if that's what you wanna do. The value is here and that kind of matters to me. Good comfort. All weather. Anytime you want to go anywhere, you can go here and anywhere you want to go for 2022, this is the best bike I've tested. Now if you disagree with me, let me know when the comments below and if you think there's a better Kawasaki bike, frankly, so do i, I just haven't tested it yet. So stay tuned to the channel, make sure you subscribe because we will have a whole bunch more Kawasaki reviews coming up and we can do that because of