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Old 03-06-2009, 04:45 AM   #1846
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Why didn't you mount them yourself? Not that bad to do.
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Old 03-06-2009, 06:07 AM   #1847
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Why didn't you mount them yourself? Not that bad to do.
This was my first time ever taking wheels off a motorcycle, I'm not quite ready to start mounting my own tires. Maybe in the future...
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Old 03-06-2009, 08:20 AM   #1848
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I had the Shinko 009 rear tyre on my SV650 and loved it to bits. Cheap as chips, gripped well wet or dry, cold or hot, on and off the pavement...

What's the front like? Especially interested in off pavement performance, the thread doesn't look like it would like dirt much...
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:26 AM   #1849
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I had the Shinko 009 rear tyre on my SV650 and loved it to bits. Cheap as chips, gripped well wet or dry, cold or hot, on and off the pavement...

What's the front like? Especially interested in off pavement performance, the thread doesn't look like it would like dirt much...
I still haven't gotten a chance to go ride it yet. :( Glad to hear that you had good experience with a Shinko tire - not a lot of feedback on them.

I've only been on a few dirt/gravel roads since I've owned the bike, so handling on unpaved roads wasn't a big concern when shopping for new tires. If my stock Dunlop that was past the wear markers could get me safely over 6-7 miles of gravel road last month, I'm sure these should be able to handle the same conditions.
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:47 PM   #1850
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More tire options for the V

I have been a big fan of the Metzler Tourance. But it is only available in the 150/17 for the rear. I have found a very near match for a front. I will try and link some pic's.

First the Mitas E08 in 120/80/17 (opt. for a front).

http://www.motorcycletyres.net.au/sh...rear-large.jpg

And the Tourance in 150/70/17 (rear)

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...uranceRear.jpg

The only dealer I have found is in Charlotte, NC
The Mitas is made in Checkoslavakia...SP

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Old 03-06-2009, 12:57 PM   #1851
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Mdaniel,

I never did a tire change, well for the last 40 years, until I reshoed my V.
I searched some links here and with a couple of tire spoons it worked out great. Bought my tires on the net . local shops get about $50 to change a carry in. I was off and back on in about an hour. Oh, and I'm a cheap Bas....d
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Old 03-06-2009, 03:19 PM   #1852
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Those are nice looking tires Mdaniels....we need a ride report!!
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:32 PM   #1853
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Whats the next best thing? Ok I cant by a TKC80, whats the next best tire for the front.
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Old 03-07-2009, 04:55 AM   #1854
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Whats the next best thing? Ok I cant by a TKC80, whats the next best tire for the front.
Not the next best thing, but a better thing is a Pirelli MT-60.
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:47 AM   #1855
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Still logging in?

I admit to reading only the first and last pages
(might return later; too nice to stay inside today).

Just wondered if Versys owners are still logging
in and being scoffed at? Don't answer that.
I was disappointed that most of the owners on
the Versys forum are street-only. One of the
main reasons I bought the Vs. is that it isn't
necessarily restricted to highway use.

I come from a history of riding 'street scramblers'
back in the late 60's. They didn't do much of
anything well but when you're young and looking
for fun they handily fit the bill.

Rode a big thumper through the 80's and thrilled
at going just about anywhere I pointed the
handlebars. Used to jump a barb-wire fence
every morning on the way to work to cut off
two miles. MP's couldn't catch me.

At 60 I've still got some good riding years so as
much as I'd like to chat, the red V is calling.
Only been averaging 800 miles a month so far
but with spring about to spring that will change.

Put me on the Versys list if you're still adding names...


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Old 03-07-2009, 09:56 AM   #1856
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Versys Offroad

I haven't read through the whole forum but does anyone take their Versys offroad? Does it handle well? what tires do you use if you do?

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Old 03-07-2009, 11:26 AM   #1857
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Thumbs down Versys offroad...

The Versys is NOT an offroad bike but an allroad bike.

There are a number of reasons why the Versys isn't and never will be an offroad bike.

1. 17" wheels.
2. Limited ground clearence.
3. "Under engine" exhaust.
4. The suspension set-up is for street use.
5. For real offroad it's a bit too heavy.

This is a good example of what kind of "offroad" the Versys can handle:
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Old 03-08-2009, 06:43 AM   #1858
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It doesn't work very well off road. It can be done and I try on a regular basis, though. As mentioned, the seventeen inch front wheel is a problem, but mostly from the availability of good off road tires is concerned. I found a good combination for me in a Pirelli MT-60 front, Tourance rear.

My biggest problem is the suspension. On washboard roads, the fork overloads. It needs softer springs and probably lighter oil. I would like someone that really knows suspension to figure it all out and post it up so I could modify mine.
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:49 AM   #1859
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Givi

Just ordered my givi bags and racks hope I made the right choice. I got the 36L
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:27 AM   #1860
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09 Versys

About to pull the trigger on an 09 Versys. Got quoted for 6900 OTD, tax/tags/title including first service. Is this a good deal? Just wondering what others paid.

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