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Old 12-13-2011, 03:50 AM   #4171
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:24 AM   #4172
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Nothing major.
I think I may have routed some a little different but nothing that required taking anything apart.

FWIW I run the bars full width too, which is notably wider than stock.
You can cut their width down closer to stock if desired.

The biggest issues were dealing with the pins in the control housings that fit holes in the stock bars, and getting the vibe damper weights installed.
I simply ripped off the pins with pliers and added a bit of tape to the bars so the controls would fit tight and not turn.
I made some bar inserts out of big well nuts from Ace Hardware, but there are motorcycle specific bar inserts that you can buy that probably would bet better.
Ogre, how did you mount the well nuts in the end of the bars? Did you have to tack weld them in or something?

I'm assuming the Tusk bars are aluminum with thicker walls than steel bars, yes? I'm trying to figure out how to mount my bar ends on the Protaper Fatbars...
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:55 AM   #4173
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I'm trying to figure out how to mount my bar ends on the Protaper Fatbars...
These maybe??????????

https://www.denniskirk.com/maier/del...prd/613291.sku

https://www.denniskirk.com/moose/out...prd/615212.sku

https://www.denniskirk.com/acerbis/r...prd/619307.sku
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:10 AM   #4174
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So I found out why my Versys keep blowing the fan relay. The fan motor went bad. Turns out Kawasaki wants over $300 for a new fan!! The local salvage yards wanted $100-$200. eBay was the easy choice at $29.00 with free shipping
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:14 AM   #4175
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So I found out why my Versys keep blowing the fan relay. The fan motor went bad. Turns out Kawasaki wants over $300 for a new fan!! The local salvage yards wanted $100-$200. eBay was the easy choice at $29.00 with free shipping
Is it the EXACT same fan?
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:44 AM   #4176
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Ogre, how did you mount the well nuts in the end of the bars? Did you have to tack weld them in or something?

I'm assuming the Tusk bars are aluminum with thicker walls than steel bars, yes? I'm trying to figure out how to mount my bar ends on the Protaper Fatbars...
All the items sieg noted are the "correct" way to do it.
The Tusk bars are just like the Protapers and other "Fat" style aluminum bars with a different wall thickness.

I had the old bars off and realized that the stock bar ends did not have expandable inserts, but welded in ones.
I was too impatient and cheap (need that free shipping you know) to order what I needed, so it was off to ACE.

What I did was found the biggest and longest well nuts they had at ACE that would just fit in the end of the bar.
I trimmed off the flange so they would slide up into the bar and used new longer bolts with washers to attach the bar ends.
Leaving a little flange so its a very snug fit helps keep the nuts from turning when you first tighten them down.


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Old 12-14-2011, 09:31 AM   #4177
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I replaced mine w/an EX650 fan. [ebay] It was slightly different, mounts and all. But it still fit and w/a little twisting lined up. My original also took a shit because of a piece of gravel jamming it.
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:57 PM   #4178
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Is it the EXACT same fan?
It came off a 2008 Ninja 650R which looks very similar. The 06 and 07 Ninja have a different fan. The Versys fan is made by Denso part # 065000-4140 but I was unable to find a chat with other applications for that fan.
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:24 PM   #4179
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Pirelli front arrived today

Stopped by cyclegear to get a front and rear paddock stand, which are 1/2 off right now, 80$ for the set. With that anakee 2 rear, will be ready to change the tires soon. My grip heater set from symtec arrived as well, but no progrips yet. Ready to tear down the new bike and farkle it out.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:47 AM   #4180
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Claimed dry weight of the V is 181kg.

Anyone have accuracy of this, and/or wet weight?
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:55 AM   #4181
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Claimed dry weight of the V is 181kg.

Anyone have accuracy of this, and/or wet weight?
that's 399lbs for US riders.
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:48 AM   #4182
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that's 399lbs for US riders.
Yup.

My last bike (1150GS) has a claimed dry weight of 231kg, or 110lbs heavier than the V, if you'll excuse my mixing the measures
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:35 PM   #4183
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Claimed dry weight of the V is 181kg.

Anyone have accuracy of this, and/or wet weight?
The specs say 454.2 lbs curb.
I have seen "as measured" full fuel weights around the 455 lbs range from a few test and reviews.

A perspective that I have found interesting is that the Versys and the BMW G650GS single "as measured" weights are almost identical when holding the same quantity of fuel.
Though BMW specs would lead you to believe the GS is 25 lbs lighter.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:17 PM   #4184
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85 miles now and riding continues

Have not switched the tires yet, just got the paddocks to lift the bike. Doing a motoman break in, and enjoying the ride. Twisted throttle is moving hq and no shipments until the 19th. :(
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:10 PM   #4185
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doubled the miles today

Nice sunny day with the highs in the 40s. Took the versys out to test those dunlops on back roads today. Heated gear worked a little too well and burned my left hand knuckle. 140 miles of riding, fairly comfortable, great bike. 284 miles now on bike. At this rate, will have to do the 600 mile service on Christmas. Any words of advice regarding first service? Sounds like dealer is not needed. Just change the oil, check the chain and all bolts.
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