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Old 02-05-2013, 12:18 PM   #5491
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not to change topics, been riding 40+ years. finaly got the bike ive always wanted> picked up a 2012 versys last may and love it. better road performance than my klr and able to handle fire roads like a dream. so question i have installed a givi windscreen and am wondering if barkbuster storms will work with it.im not sure if the storms will hit the windscreen at full lock. would like the hand guards, its cold here in NYC in feb.
Hey Medic! I am here riding my Versys in NYC Brooklyn) too this winter. I have the barkbusters installed currently, but with the MRA windscreen. No issue so far. Congrats on the new bike!
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:59 PM   #5492
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thanks for the info moto> nice to see another year round rider in the big apple.how do you like that vario screen? see from your info you like to ride vermont> i go up that way alot. rt 100 is a favorit. love the state campgrounds in vt.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:17 PM   #5493
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thanks for the info moto> nice to see another year round rider in the big apple.how do you like that vario screen? see from your info you like to ride vermont> i go up that way alot. rt 100 is a favorit. love the state campgrounds in vt.
I like the Vario quite a bit - but its the one with the added spoiler, not purchased as one piece (a guy did a review of it on the Versys forum). I waited around until I got the screen cheap from a forum member - and then bought the pricey spoiler. It has a bunch of variable articulation for finding the right spot for your preference (hence the name I guess).

Vermont has been amazing - and there is a good chance that I may be leaving the Big Apple for points north sometime this coming Spring/Summer. I look forward to riding the state more thoroughly this year - but the trips I have done so far have been amazing. Winter will be another matter up there, but I have my layer system down pat - so we will see how it holds up to the frigid Northeast Kingdom. Might need some TKCs on the bike for next winter though...
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:38 PM   #5494
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:59 PM   #5496
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:23 AM   #5497
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:54 PM   #5498
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not to change topics, been riding 40+ years. finaly got the bike ive always wanted> picked up a 2012 versys last may and love it. better road performance than my klr and able to handle fire roads like a dream. so question i have installed a givi windscreen and am wondering if barkbuster storms will work with it.im not sure if the storms will hit the windscreen at full lock. would like the hand guards, its cold here in NYC in feb.
i have the givi screen and barkbuster storms and yes they will hit took a dremel tool and formed the screen to the guards till it cleared take your time trace it out and get after it painters tape on the screen will help
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:23 PM   #5499
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BTW, where are the cool ds routes in Michaux State Forest?
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Buncha good info in the first post and more buried in the thread.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:50 PM   #5500
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Been busy doing a few wee mods over the past few months. Bought a custom made seat which is more comfortable than the stock one and a third of the price of a Sargent. Also fitted a Leo Vince end can and I've just fitted an ER6n bellypan as I never really liked the stock engine/pipe covers. I like the way the downpipes are more exposed to show off their snakey slinkiness.






Looks sporty but what happened to your rear subframe?
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:29 PM   #5501
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Looks sporty but what happened to your rear subframe?
Some guys like to remove the passenger peg trellis to clean up the appearance of the bike.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:12 PM   #5502
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Doesn't that really hurt the structural integrity of the bike?
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:52 PM   #5503
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Doesn't that really hurt the structural integrity of the bike?
I don't think the integrity would be compromised much unless you're loading up the rear seat of the bike. It doesn't seem to offer much structural support. You can see it pretty well if you have put on hard pannier supports which attach to the bike by removing (then replacing) a few of the trelis bolts.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:25 AM   #5504
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I don't think the integrity would be compromised much unless you're loading up the rear seat of the bike. It doesn't seem to offer much structural support. You can see it pretty well if you have put on hard pannier supports which attach to the bike by removing (then replacing) a few of the trelis bolts.

wrong.

the struts are structural, and part of the Versys subframe design, as opposed to the ER6 subframe, which is a slightly different design and self supporting.

if you put the two bare frames side-by-side, you can see the obvious difference. don't ask why Kawasaki chose to "save" 40cm of tubing and related gussets on the Versys subframe assembly. without the struts, the street bike ER6 frame/subframe is the stronger of the two.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:41 AM   #5505
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JD, is removing the trellis a dangerous omission to the structural integrity on the Versys?

I have seen plenty of photos of folks who have removed them (I am sure it's a style thing), and have heard no reports of issues. Not that I'm looking to remove mine - I use the bike 2-up, so not really in jeopardy of an issue myself, just curious is all...

I'd hate to see these riders discover this issue at speed!
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