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Old 06-18-2013, 06:54 AM   #5641
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Thanks for the feedback, all. I've ordered spools and a swingarm lift, I'm hoping the local dealer has the OEM filter in stock so I can get the right size adapter to undo it.

Changing the subject, I'm considering getting a chain oiler and if anybody has any experiences with these I'm all ears. The Dutch OSCO "One Second Chain Oiler" appeals. http://www.osco-chainoiler.com/en/
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:15 AM   #5642
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Thanks for the feedback, all. I've ordered spools and a swingarm lift, I'm hoping the local dealer has the OEM filter in stock so I can get the right size adapter to undo it.

Changing the subject, I'm considering getting a chain oiler and if anybody has any experiences with these I'm all ears. The Dutch OSCO "One Second Chain Oiler" appeals. http://www.osco-chainoiler.com/en/
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:14 PM   #5643
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TI'm hoping the local dealer has the OEM filter in stock so I can get the right size adapter to undo it.
A FRAM PH7317 or equivalent works. Don't need no stinkin' OEM filters
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:39 AM   #5644
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Careful with those cheap filters> I won't use any Fram filters (google filter comparisons) and recently bought a Quaker State equivalent. I compared it to OEM and will be returning it for a refund. The OEM is a very well made filter and the construction difference is obvious.

If you want to save some $$ and you change oil frequently, consider re-using the OEM filter. I usually change oil (non-synthetic) at 3000- 5000 km depending on the type of riding I do (lots of short trips vs longer hauls) and I keep the OEM filter for the second change. 44000 km and never uses oil between changes, still running like new.
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:03 PM   #5645
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Careful with those cheap filters> I won't use any Fram filters (google filter comparisons) and recently bought a Quaker State equivalent. I compared it to OEM and will be returning it for a refund. The OEM is a very well made filter and the construction difference is obvious.

If you want to save some $$ and you change oil frequently, consider re-using the OEM filter. I usually change oil (non-synthetic) at 3000- 5000 km depending on the type of riding I do (lots of short trips vs longer hauls) and I keep the OEM filter for the second change. 44000 km and never uses oil between changes, still running like new.
We all have our own opinions - and internet lore isn't always correct. Since I change my oil filter at every oil change, the less expensive the better.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:20 AM   #5646
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Hi all,
I just acquired a 2011 Versys with a whopping 230 miles on the clock which means the first oil change will be next weekend and between now and then I'd like to lube the chain too.
For simple chain stuff on my KLR and KLX I just roll the bike onto the side stand and jam a log or floor jack under the footpeg on the other side. Is the Versys sidestand strong enough for this?
Side stand is plenty strong, it can handle the weight.

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Old 06-24-2013, 11:22 AM   #5647
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I use the Bosch 3300

Recommended filters from CalSci website: http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/FilterXRef.html
Recommended filters. All have superior filtering.


About 2.5 inches long.
Purolator Pure One PL14612, about $6.
Mobil M1-108, about $12. Made by Champion.
Bosch 3300, about $6. Made by Champion.
Wal-Mart SuperTech ST6607 Made by Champion.

About 3.25 inches long.
Purolator Pure One PL14610, about $6.
Mobil 1 M1-110, about $10. Made by Champion.
Bosch 3323, about $6. Made By Champion.
WalMart SuperTech ST7317, about $2. Made by Champion.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:38 PM   #5648
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Just dropped the Versys off for its 1000km check. I've been really enjoying how it handles both in town and on the highway.

Planning to take a trip on it this summer, probably around 8000km if it all works out.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:56 PM   #5649
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I am looking for crash bars for my 08 Versys. (I know, too late. I already crashed it.)

There are lots of different styles out there. I've only seen two here in the US

SW-Motech and Hepco Becker


I have been drawn to the GIVI ones but they are listed as only fitting the newer model.



But if I'm not mistaken (just ignore my wifes laughter in the background)

The frame is the exact same. Has anyone TRIED to see if it would fit?



There are also some other types that come up on a search


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Old 06-25-2013, 05:40 AM   #5650
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I am looking for crash bars for my 08 Versys. (I know, too late. I already crashed it.)

There are lots of different styles out there. I've only seen two here in the US

SW-Motech and Hepco Becker


I have been drawn to the GIVI ones but they are listed as only fitting the newer model.



But if I'm not mistaken (just ignore my wifes laughter in the background)

The frame is the exact same. Has anyone TRIED to see if it would fit?



There are also some other types that come up on a search


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I have the SW Motech bars on my '08 and they are great. I think they cover more important parts of the bike than the other bars do and the mounting system has proven to be very strong for the few times I've put her down in gravel or mud.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:55 AM   #5651
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I am looking for crash bars for my 08 Versys. (I know, too late. I already crashed it.)
Hi RL, I have the SW Motech crash bars and "skid plate" on my Versys. The SWM parts all fit together nicely and installation was straight-forward and relatively simple, as long as you follow the correct sequence. The crash bars and the skid plate share mounting points. Installing the crash bars alone was dead-simple.

I just rode through your neighborhood about a week ago, Hwy 55 and 95 from Boise to Moscow. Beautiful ride, nice country and good roads.

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Old 06-25-2013, 12:00 PM   #5652
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SW MOTOs

I like my SW Moto crashbars.. no issues at all and provide a great place for highway pegs!



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Old 06-25-2013, 07:02 PM   #5653
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I want to thank everyone for the SW-Motech endorsements.

Does anyone know why the GIVI ones wouldn't fit if the frame is the same?
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Old 06-26-2013, 05:12 AM   #5654
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I like my SW Moto crashbars.. no issues at all and provide a great place for highway pegs!

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bash3r, that skidplate you are using, is it attached to the ears that come off the oil pan?
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:31 PM   #5655
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only thing that went wrong is the stator burnt up at about 32k miles.

You guys should take off those 'bank sensors" aka the spikes under the pegs. You can lean it more in the corners afterword.

Also, once you drag a peg, they get sharp and will tear your pants.
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