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Old 04-27-2011, 01:56 PM   #3301
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Foot peg

Hopefully I won't jinx myself I've had few drops when off-roading, either mud or hard pack. Broke just one foot peg, but not the whole assembly, just the footpeg. The reason was the peg feeler, on the right was grinded down less than the one on the left, and on one drop the bike was in a rooted thingy and when it rested on the right the feeler broke the peg in half.
What helps, based on what I noticed on my bike, is having spools on the swingarm. They take some weight off the footpegs/levers, me thinks, if the terrain is somewhat level.
Now I have some cruiser type 5lb each foot pegs, ugly as hell, but they're doing a great job off-road
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:50 AM   #3302
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Here we go again...

My knees are weak, my mouth is dry, and my palms are sweating a little...







I like that one. Much nicer looking than the '08 I had for a while.

Come on, you know you are just itching to change your sig line again
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:26 AM   #3303
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I like that one. Much nicer looking than the '08 I had for a while.

Come on, you know you are just itching to change your sig line again


David! I should have pulled the trigger on your generous trade offer when I had the chance!

On the other hand, I'm really crazy about the 2010-up model. I like the styling a little better, and although I haven't ridden one, I feel the rubber-mounted engine is a worthwhile improvement.

Regardless, I'm glad you ended up with a Bandit as you wanted!
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:43 PM   #3304
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Got to break in the Versys today!

Went on a 100 mile ride thru the twisties, and finished up with about 60 miles thru mountain/dirt roads! The Versys actually has pretty good charecteristics off pavement, but the stock tires are a little sketchy at times. thinking I need to switch them out for some dual sports soon!

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Old 05-01-2011, 11:07 PM   #3305
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Versys Adventure set up mods

After many months of development we finally got the Versys modified to an adventure bike set up. Got the 2009 brand new last summer for $5,200.

Recommended mods to consider:

The stock forks are flat out dangerous off road. They pack and wont rebound before the next rock or bump and then the front end gets deflected out of control when the front end is out of travel.

Suspension: Traxxion Dynamics AK-20 kit with 8" of travel and set up for adventure riding:

Oil level 110 mm 5 wt
Springs 7.0 KG x 315mm
Range of adjusters is 4.5 turns
Compression valve 3 Rebound valve 3




Elka Custom 3 WAY rear shock with adventure dampening rates 1/2" longer eye length and 2" more rear wheel travel and hydraulic preload adjustor and adjustable length for ride height:
Stock shock is 300mm long, 52mm travel (248mm compressed)
We have a 312.5mm long shock with 64mm travel with or without adjustable length
  • Adjustable length
    • Extended 312mm +/-5
    • Travel 64mm
    • Compressed 248mm +/-5
    • 6" long 900 kg rear spring
    • 25% compression reduction from street valve rates for adventure riding
    • 33% rebound reduction from street valve rates for adventure riding





Woodys Wheels ( the stock hubs packed with mud and would be badly out of balance once you hit the pavement):
Custom Radd Cush Hub superlaced tubeless sealed excel rim:



Woodys 19" superlaced tubeless front wheel with 1" raised fender:



Kildala BMW800GS Rad guard with custom mount bracket:



A must for dusty riding:
Uni AST-4200 angled 2" pod filters added to the intake stacks in the motor.
We have found plenty of dust getting past the stock filter:



Fast way pegs with BMW F800 GS shifter arm welded to stock pivot gives much better position and adjustment range for shifter as well as allowing the shifter knob to pivot like a dirt bike. Also note the BRP chain guide needed for the extra rear suspension travel:



Kick stand needs to be 2" taller so for now we got a plastic block bolted to an aftermarket wide foot. We will cut and re-weld the kickstand to the right length after we got the adjustable ride height on each end tuned in:



Rox Risers, Pro Taper Fat bars, Cycra hand guards:





Rear mud flap using 2 dirt bike mud flaps side by side ( Gorilla tape is really not needed):



SWMotech engine guard:



Many standard upgrades like the Givi large screen, custom seat, frame and engine guards, HB luggage mounts for Pelican cases etc.

Adventure Bike Set Up Costs:

New Versys: $5200.
Traxxion AK-20 Mod: $1,400.
Elka custom shock: $1,400.
Woodys Wheels: $1,900.
Filter Pods: $30.00
Kildala Rad Guard and brackets: $220.
Mud Flap: $60.
SW-Motech Skid Plate: $240.00
SW-Motech Quick release Pelican mounts: $245.
Pelican cases: $480.
Hepco Becker Engine Guard: $190.
Givi wind screen: $140.
Cycra Probend hand guards: $135.
Rox rubber mounted 2" Fat Bar risers $140.
Pro Taper Fat bar: $70.
Custom seat: $300.
BRP chain guide $100.
New DID X-ring Chain: $180.
Raised Fender mount: $20.

Total Mods: $7,250.
Cost of Bike: $5,200.
Complete Adventure Bike: $12,250.
(plus personal labor)

PM me for any questions regarding these mods and adventure set up.



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Old 05-01-2011, 11:40 PM   #3306
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Here we go again...

My knees are weak, my mouth is dry, and my palms are sweating a little...




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Nice! I've been plotting a theoretical purchase of a Versys for the last three or four months. That dealer has a couple on eBay at any given time, seems like. Lightly used '09s were going for $4200ish a month back or so... I was tempted to do a fly and buy.
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:19 AM   #3307
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Yeah the modification costs are expensive but the value of the overall bike makes it a great buy in the adventure category.

New Versys: $5200.
Traxxion AK-20 Mod: $1,400.
Elka custom shock: $1,400.
Woodys Wheels: $1,900.
Filter Pods: $30.00
Kildala Rad Guard and brackets: $220.
Mud Flap: $60.
SW-Motech Skid Plate: $240.00
SW-Motech Quick release Pelican mounts: $245.
Pelican cases: $480.
Hepco Becker Engine Guard: $190.
Givi wind screen: $140.
Cycra Probend hand guards: $135.
Rox rubber mounted 2" Fat Bar risers $140.
Pro Taper Fat bar: $70.
Custom seat: $300.
BRP chain guide $100.
New DID X-ring Chain: $180.
Raised Fender mount: $20.

Total Mods: $7,250.
Cost of Bike: $5,200.
Complete Adventure Bike: $12,250.
(plus personal labor)
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:35 AM   #3308
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Wow.
That is impressive work.
For that purpose, it;s the best set-up Versys I have seen.
Very impressive.
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:39 AM   #3309
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That is without a doubt the hottest Versys I have ever seen! Just awesome!

A couple of questions about the wheels. When you say $1,900 for the wheels, does that include the "custom hubs", and the tires? Are they a bolt-on solution for $1,900? Thanks!
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:00 AM   #3310
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The Woody's Wheels include hubs spokes sealing and excel signature rims.
You provide the stock rotors and sprockets off your Versys to them and your choice of tires Knobbies or dual sport tires. They will mount and balance and verify seal quality for that price. Zak did the custom work at Woody's:

http://www.woodyswheelworks.com/

Also if anyone needs a good condition stock Versys rim front, rear or both we can sell them cheap.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:11 AM   #3311
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After many months of development we finally got the Versys modified to an adventure bike set up. Got the 2009 brand new last summer for $5,200.



SWMotech engine guard:



Many standard upgrades like the Givi large screen, custom seat, frame and engine guards, HB luggage mounts for Pelican cases etc.

Adventure Bike Set Up Costs:

New Versys: $5200.
Traxxion AK-20 Mod: $1,400.
Elka custom shock: $1,400.
Woodys Wheels: $1,900.
Filter Pods: $30.00
Kildala Rad Guard and brackets: $220.
Mud Flap: $60.
SW-Motech Skid Plate: $240.00
SW-Motech Quick release Pelican mounts: $245.
Pelican cases: $480.
Hepco Becker Engine Guard: $190.
Givi wind screen: $140.
Cycra Probend hand guards: $135.
Rox rubber mounted 2" Fat Bar risers $140.
Pro Taper Fat bar: $70.
Custom seat: $300.
BRP chain guide $100.
New DID X-ring Chain: $180.
Raised Fender mount: $20.

Total Mods: $7,250.
Cost of Bike: $5,200.
Complete Adventure Bike: $12,250. (plus personal labor)

PM me for any questions regarding these mods and adventure set up.


That's the most impressive transformation of a Versys I have seen to date. Between all that work you put into it and that bulletproof engine, you have one nice ADV bike

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Old 05-02-2011, 09:12 AM   #3312
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That's odd that Woody was able to produce a set of Versys wheels "under the radar" when folks have been begging for Strom wheels for years now.
I don't even know if the Strom wheels are even available yet.

Are the hubs on the Versys something that crosses over with another bike?
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:29 AM   #3313
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That's odd that Woody was able to produce a set of Versys wheels "under the radar" when folks have been begging for Strom wheels for years now.
I don't even know if the Strom wheels are even available yet.

Are the hubs on the Versys something that crosses over with another bike?
Actually V Strom 1000 and Versys wheels are an easy interchange.(the 650 V Strom uses smaller bearings) I've had a"19" V Strom 1000 front wheel on my Versys for a year now. The rear is not to hard either I just didn't bother to match them up yet. So it should be possible to use those hubs on a V Strom 1000.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:59 AM   #3314
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I'm not trying to offend anyone, so please don't take this wrong, but Why?

I agree that it's a beautiful build, but for the money, couldn't you have come close to paying for a BMW or KTM?

That's not even touching the labor.

I see roughly the same labor invested in the several mutant ninja builds, and a cash investment of less than 20% of this machine, and at the end, I'm willing to bet that any of the ninja builds would be equally as capable offroad.

I'm not hating on your bike, I just think you've priced yourself way out of the market. There's a reason people build a bike instead of buying one off the shelf. Money.
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:44 AM   #3315
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I'm not trying to offend anyone, so please don't take this wrong, but Why?

I agree that it's a beautiful build, but for the money, couldn't you have come close to paying for a BMW or KTM?

That's not even touching the labor.

I see roughly the same labor invested in the several mutant ninja builds, and a cash investment of less than 20% of this machine, and at the end, I'm willing to bet that any of the ninja builds would be equally as capable offroad.

I'm not hating on your bike, I just think you've priced yourself way out of the market. There's a reason people build a bike instead of buying one off the shelf. Money.
IMHO It is a lot of money, but, it's a brand new bike set up with first rate equipment. Even a BMW or KTM would not come with: Traxxion AK-20 Mod, Elka custom shock, Woodys Wheels, Filter Pods, Kildala rad. guard and brackets, mud flap, SW-Motech skid plate, SW-Motech quick release Pelican mounts, Pelican cases, Hepco Becker engine guard, Givi wind screen, Cycra Probend hand guards, Rox rubber mounted 2" Fat Bar risers, raised fender mount, custom seat, BRP chain guide, DID X-ring chain. The BMW or KTM may have the Pro-Taper bars and laced wheels but not tubeless. But everything else would have to be added to the BMW or KTM also, if that is what you wanted. So yeah a $12000 Versys is high, but my $14000 BMW's final cost was a lot higher than $14000! The labor would be much more on a mutant build and $2500 would be really low also. The bike looks good and will perform the job the builder is asking of it, and considering what he's got $12000 ain't that bad. I think people just see $12000 Versys, WTF!!!!! They need to look at the big picture. Like I said "IMHO".
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