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Old 05-08-2012, 07:08 PM   #4741
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So if I have read this right, the 2010+ models have rubber mounted engines, while the 2008 and 2009 do not... is that correct, or do I need to quit taking my pain meds prior to surfing ADV?

If so, how buzzy are the 2009 models? Any other differences I need to be aware of. Every so often I run across used ones here locally. When it comes time to buy I would certainly consider a clean used one, just want to make sure I know everything I need to.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:11 PM   #4742
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So if I have read this right, the 2010+ models have rubber mounted engines, while the 2008 and 2009 do not... is that correct, or do I need to quit taking my pain meds prior to surfing ADV?

If so, how buzzy are the 2009 models? Any other differences I need to be aware of. Every so often I run across used ones here locally. When it comes time to buy I would certainly consider a clean used one, just want to make sure I know everything I need to.
You can get used Versys ridiculously cheaply. Mine is an 09 that I bought last month with 175 miles on it for $4000. The 09 has some vibes, but they are not an issue to me at all. Vibrations are very subjective, so you just have to give one a whirl to see if you can live with it.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:25 PM   #4743
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Any chance this is will fit on a Ninja 650? I've been looking for a topcase.

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Old 05-08-2012, 08:12 PM   #4744
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From a quick look of my sources, I can't find a toprack for the '12 Ninja 650 currently available.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:30 PM   #4745
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Well we have had the 2009 V for two years and it shows 20,000 miles on the clock. The girl and I performed the first valve adjustment and spark plug replacement this past Saturday as the weather forecast called for rain. The old plugs lookde fine and no valve adjustments were required.

All 4 of the exhaust valves were at .25 mm (.22 to .31 allowed) The Intakes were in the middle of their adjustment range. I did not adjust the exhaust to the middle of their range as all the valves were so consistent (all exhaust the same and all intakes the same) that I wanted to leave them as found. The whole thing took less than 4 hours and was as low stress as it gets.

We will go in again at 30K, since it so easy, to check again and that should help me decide if I need to adjust the exhaust to the middle of the range.

The bike has been utterly reliable. Adjusted the chain only twice but I lube it every ride with Lucas transmission fluid stabilizer. Sprockets and chain look great. We inspected the countershaft sprocket and it showed very little wear.

The bike looks brand new with not so much as a scratch on any surface and the bike is ridden hard virtually every weekend the weather is nice.

Nice job Kawasaki.

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Old 05-08-2012, 09:07 PM   #4746
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From a quick look of my sources, I can't find a toprack for the '12 Ninja 650 currently available.
There isn't one... there is a Givi for the 2012 ER6F (which is actually slightly different) and it won't fit the Ninja 650
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:49 AM   #4747
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You can get used Versys ridiculously cheaply. Mine is an 09 that I bought last month with 175 miles on it for $4000. The 09 has some vibes, but they are not an issue to me at all. Vibrations are very subjective, so you just have to give one a whirl to see if you can live with it.
Yeah I see a few used ones every so often, but it seems like people are asking just about full retail for them. I did go look at one a few weeks ago that was for a reasonable price but the tank was scuffed really bad from a tank bag that was left on it while it sat in a garage for 3 years. This is compounded by the fact that I am a bit neurotic and want my bike to look like a Harley garage-queen even though I put a good deal of miles on them. So I am keeping my eyes open for a good used one, but will probably end up buying new to make sure it looks as good as I want it.

Edit to say: Now that I think of it, coming from a cruiser that revs way too high for freeway speeds, vibrations probably will not be too much of an issue.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:39 AM   #4748
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Yeah I see a few used ones every so often, but it seems like people are asking just about full retail for them. I did go look at one a few weeks ago that was for a reasonable price but the tank was scuffed really bad from a tank bag that was left on it while it sat in a garage for 3 years. This is compounded by the fact that I am a bit neurotic and want my bike to look like a Harley garage-queen even though I put a good deal of miles on them. So I am keeping my eyes open for a good used one, but will probably end up buying new to make sure it looks as good as I want it.

Edit to say: Now that I think of it, coming from a cruiser that revs way too high for freeway speeds, vibrations probably will not be too much of an issue.
I don't really notice the vibes on the Versys. They aren't as pronounced as on my EX500 and definitely nothing like what my VS800 produces.

Also, my stator is fried. What are opinions on Ricks vs. OEM? Burnt stators seem like a fairly common problem according to what I've read on kawasakiversys.com and I'm leery of putting another OEM unit in and having it die in another 15k.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:54 AM   #4749
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Yeah I see a few used ones every so often, but it seems like people are asking just about full retail for them. I did go look at one a few weeks ago that was for a reasonable price but the tank was scuffed really bad from a tank bag that was left on it while it sat in a garage for 3 years. This is compounded by the fact that I am a bit neurotic and want my bike to look like a Harley garage-queen even though I put a good deal of miles on them. So I am keeping my eyes open for a good used one, but will probably end up buying new to make sure it looks as good as I want it.

Edit to say: Now that I think of it, coming from a cruiser that revs way too high for freeway speeds, vibrations probably will not be too much of an issue.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:56 AM   #4750
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Well we have had the 2009 V for two years and it shows 20,000 miles on the clock. The girl and I performed the first valve adjustment and spark plug replacement this past Saturday as the weather forecast called for rain. The old plugs lookde fine and no valve adjustments were required.

All 4 of the exhaust valves were at .25 mm (.22 to .31 allowed) The Intakes were in the middle of their adjustment range. I did not adjust the exhaust to the middle of their range as all the valves were so consistent (all exhaust the same and all intakes the same) that I wanted to leave them as found. The whole thing took less than 4 hours and was as low stress as it gets.

We will go in again at 30K, since it so easy, to check again and that should help me decide if I need to adjust the exhaust to the middle of the range.

The bike has been utterly reliable. Adjusted the chain only twice but I lube it every ride with Lucas transmission fluid stabilizer. Sprockets and chain look great. We inspected the countershaft sprocket and it showed very little wear.

The bike looks brand new with not so much as a scratch on any surface and the bike is ridden hard virtually every weekend the weather is nice.

Nice job Kawasaki.

KEB
I am at 600 miles and my chain needs to be snugged up a little already. That's good to hear about the valves.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:57 AM   #4751
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I don't really notice the vibes on the Versys. They aren't as pronounced as on my EX500 and definitely nothing like what my VS800 produces.

Also, my stator is fried. What are opinions on Ricks vs. OEM? Burnt stators seem like a fairly common problem according to what I've read on kawasakiversys.com and I'm leery of putting another OEM unit in and having it die in another 15k.
The OEM stator does seem to be the V's week link. I'd go with an aftermarket one.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:43 AM   #4752
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The OEM stator does seem to be the V's week link. I'd go with an aftermarket one.
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I don't think it's a 'big' issue however, it's not like every other owner has experienced this.Stators can be finicky on bikes in general. Any one in several thousand is gonna fry for one reason or another. Heard of it happening on every brand of motorcycle, albiet very rare.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:34 PM   #4753
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What are opinions on Ricks
Who's Rick?

Is it an overbuilt aftermarket part?
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:49 PM   #4754
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So if I have read this right, the 2010+ models have rubber mounted engines, while the 2008 and 2009 do not... is that correct, or do I need to quit taking my pain meds prior to surfing ADV?

If so, how buzzy are the 2009 models? Any other differences I need to be aware of. Every so often I run across used ones here locally. When it comes time to buy I would certainly consider a clean used one, just want to make sure I know everything I need to.

I picked up a clean 08 about a year ago and have since put 16,000 miles on it. It does have a slight buzz in a certain RPM range. No rubber mounts.
Last month Kawasaki Demo Days came to town and I was able to ride the 2012 Versys. It also had a slight buzz just in a different RPM range. I couldn't see a big difference.

Side note: If you get a chance to do a Demo Day with Kawasaki you won't regret it. They let you ride the crap out of their bikes.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:44 AM   #4755
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I have 108 Kms on my new 2011 versys. I also have a huge grin on my face, besides pissing down rain here for the rest of the week...
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