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Old 09-11-2008, 06:28 PM   #1501
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Found this on KawasakiVersys, not sure if it was posted here before... It works great at almost fixing the jerkiness existent when running at low speed, think commuting at 10-20km/hr (wish I were back in Europe, lane splitting ). Plus it reduced some of the 4000RPM vibration, the engine runs smoother overall. In that thread are plenty of good advices on how to do it...good luck
It was posted in this thread a couple weeks back. I did the mod and it does make a difference in the low-end. Pretty easy to do overall.
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Old 09-12-2008, 05:14 AM   #1502
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I bought my Versys back in July. I'm a full on dirt guy that hasn't been on a road bike in 25 years (last bike was an 82 V45 Magna). Never even test rode the V. Just went with the advice of others and the enthusiasm on this thread. Here's a ride report from last weekend. I've never seen another Versys, ever, except at the dealership, until I walk out of breakfast and there is another one, and the same color as mine - thought I was seeing things. Dave rode with us for awhile. It was fun chasing him through the twisties.

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Old 09-14-2008, 08:20 AM   #1503
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pelican on topcase

Am seriously considering the Versys and was happy to learn about the Givi FZ447 Topcase Rack.

Has anyone put a pelican case on this or another topcase rack?
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:57 AM   #1504
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Am seriously considering the Versys and was happy to learn about the Givi FZ447 Topcase Rack.

Has anyone put a pelican case on this or another topcase rack?
I have a Pelican 1500 hard-mounted to my Givi Top rack (normally I have GIVI side cases on as well):

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Old 09-14-2008, 01:57 PM   #1505
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I have a Pelican 1500 hard-mounted to my Givi Top rack (normally I have GIVI side cases on as well):
Nice pic - thanks!

I'm also considering the V-Strom 650 because I understand aftermarket stuff is more plentiful. But both bikes stock seem pretty complete.
Most of my riding will be ordinary city roads and the occasional highway.
For a relatively experienced rider like me the Versys seems more manageable. I hope I can find dealers that will let me test ride both bikes.
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Old 09-14-2008, 02:07 PM   #1506
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Nice pic - thanks!

I'm also considering the V-Strom 650 because I understand aftermarket stuff is more plentiful. But both bikes stock seem pretty complete.
Most of my riding will be ordinary city roads and the occasional highway.
For a relatively experienced rider like me the Versys seems more manageable. I hope I can find dealers that will let me test ride both bikes.
Sacramento has a dealer that sells both but they don't have either in stock. One of the biggest differences I can see is the front wheel, 19" vs 17". The other being V twin vs Parallel twin.
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:29 AM   #1507
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A dealer I talked to hinted he could "make me a deal". I don't really know however how close to the MSRP ($6899) I should expect to pay.

Would anybody care to share how much they paid for theirs?
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:58 AM   #1508
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A dealer I talked to hinted he could "make me a deal". I don't really know however how close to the MSRP ($6899) I should expect to pay.

Would anybody care to share how much they paid for theirs?
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Old 09-15-2008, 03:37 PM   #1509
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Am seriously considering the Versys and was happy to learn about the Givi FZ447 Topcase Rack.

Has anyone put a pelican case on this or another topcase rack?
Hi there, if you go the Versys route buy an SW or HB top rack (SW is about the same $ with Givi, HB is more). I say that because I recently broke a Givi one. Givi seems to be ok for paved roads, but if you take the bike on unpaved/etc, those side brackets are not up to the job.
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:23 PM   #1510
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Hi there, if you go the Versys route buy an SW or HB top rack (SW is about the same $ with Givi, HB is more). I say that because I recently broke a Givi one. Givi seems to be ok for paved roads, but if you take the bike on unpaved/etc, those side brackets are not up to the job.
Really? Where did they break? I've got the Givi brackets for the E21s and they seem really beefy and well put together. I've been on a lot of gravel and bumpy roads, so far so good. Now that I've seen the SWs, they do look very nice, and I like that you can get to the seat lock w/o moving the left bag first on the SW setup.
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:22 AM   #1511
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Really? Where did they break? I've got the Givi brackets for the E21s and they seem really beefy and well put together. I've been on a lot of gravel and bumpy roads, so far so good. Now that I've seen the SWs, they do look very nice, and I like that you can get to the seat lock w/o moving the left bag first on the SW setup.
I don't have a picture, although maybe I should take one...On mine, the brackets from the rear mounting points (not the one attached to the seat, the one attached to previous bracket) snapped, almost identical.

Not sure how your racks are attached (I had the top rack) but I suppose they have those twisted brackets which extend over the plastics at rear as well. For the top rack, the weight is mainly stressing those brackets. With the side bags the weight is equally distributed between the front and rear mounting points, plus the E21 are smaller than the V35 that comes as standard from Kawi.
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:27 PM   #1512
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Bought mine on 4/19. Traded in a 2003 VFR. Love it so far!
I have a VFR and thinking of the Versys. Isn't there a big difference in power? How did you cope???
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:18 PM   #1513
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I have a VFR and thinking of the Versys. Isn't there a big difference in power? How did you cope???
There's gotta be a big difference. I'm coming off an FZ1 and there's a HUGE difference in power. However, the Versys is more comfortable, better handling and more fun to ride. The Versys feels like a real pussycat compared to the FZ1, but it does move out pretty well up to about 80-90mph. After that it's nothing like a sport bike.
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:47 PM   #1514
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A dealer I talked to hinted he could "make me a deal". I don't really know however how close to the MSRP ($6899) I should expect to pay.

Would anybody care to share how much they paid for theirs?

$6875 OTD (no tax in Oregon)
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:08 PM   #1515
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Right, Saturday I get my Versys back. I almost lost it to my ex-wife, but after she wrecked it, she decided she no longer wanted it. Some minor repairs, and I'll have it back. I put around 7,000 miles on it from October 15 last year, when I bought it, to around April of this year.
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