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Old 06-02-2013, 07:19 AM   #5626
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I think the desert tan looks good, I'm a sucker for flat colors though.

Edit: crash bars sold
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:23 AM   #5627
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I think the desert tan looks good, I'm a sucker for flat colors though.

I have a set of brand new in the package SW motech crash bars with all hardware and instructions as well as a set of highway pegs and mounts to go on them. They came with my 2011 and I'm not going to mount them. $200 plus the ride for all of it.
I'll grab that!
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:12 PM   #5628
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Took my first long trip on my Versys and I got to say... I like my V even more now!

I've had this bike for a couple of years as my commuter and my wife and I have 2 up on short over night trips, but nothing like this last trip... not a 2up trip but lots of miles and lots of pavement was eaten up...

We left Friday, 5/31 at 3pm and headed east.. destination...



Tail of the Dragon // Deals Gap is on the western edge of the Great Smokey Mountains, there's hundreds of amazing switchbacks to be had... I've never been there and it was on my bucket list, so me and a bud decided to head out..

We got to Nashville, after a beautiful trip through KY, split down Land Between the Lakes, arriving at our hotel about 11pm.. woke up early and headed to the Dragon.. only a 205 mi ride.. but it was worth it.. good riding and met a ton of good fellow bikers..







We headed out Sunday from Lenoir City, about 506 miles from home.. and 80 miles riding in a down pour!



Total trip stats..



What I'm thankful for on my Versys.. Givi/Pelican cases, Corbin seat, highway pegs, heated grips(yep needed them!), Powerlet outlets, Scorpion tires! She handed amazing in the rain.. stable and confident. I think the highway pegs are huge for long trips because it allows you to move around a bit on the saddle, not just lay our feet atop them but get your arse off the seat if you need too.

I'm super impressed with this little 650.. it did very very good.. woohoo!

Tail of the Dragon... CHECK! #bucketlist
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:30 PM   #5629
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Very nice!!!

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Old 06-04-2013, 05:41 AM   #5630
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Took my first long trip on my Versys and I got to say... I like my V even more now!

I've had this bike for a couple of years as my commuter and my wife and I have 2 up on short over night trips, but nothing like this last trip... not a 2up trip but lots of miles and lots of pavement was eaten up...

We left Friday, 5/31 at 3pm and headed east.. destination...

Tail of the Dragon // Deals Gap is on the western edge of the Great Smokey Mountains, there's hundreds of amazing switchbacks to be had... I've never been there and it was on my bucket list, so me and a bud decided to head out..

We got to Nashville, after a beautiful trip through KY, split down Land Between the Lakes, arriving at our hotel about 11pm.. woke up early and headed to the Dragon.. only a 205 mi ride.. but it was worth it.. good riding and met a ton of good fellow bikers..

We headed out Sunday from Lenoir City, about 506 miles from home.. and 80 miles riding in a down pour!

What I'm thankful for on my Versys.. Givi/Pelican cases, Corbin seat, highway pegs, heated grips(yep needed them!), Powerlet outlets, Scorpion tires! She handed amazing in the rain.. stable and confident. I think the highway pegs are huge for long trips because it allows you to move around a bit on the saddle, not just lay our feet atop them but get your arse off the seat if you need too.

I'm super impressed with this little 650.. it did very very good.. woohoo!

Tail of the Dragon... CHECK! #bucketlist
Looks like a great ride! A little far from Calgary for me, but someday...

What highway pegs are those? I've been thinking about getting some but most of the ones I've seen are big bulky chrome things with skulls on them, which isn't my taste.

Thanks!
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:37 AM   #5631
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Looks like a great ride! A little far from Calgary for me, but someday...

What highway pegs are those? I've been thinking about getting some but most of the ones I've seen are big bulky chrome things with skulls on them, which isn't my taste.

Thanks!
They are Rivco highway pegs mounted on SW-Motech engine guards...
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:48 AM   #5632
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They are Rivco highway pegs mounted on SW-Motech engine guards...
I have the SW motech engine guards, so these look like they'll work well.

Thanks again!
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:56 AM   #5633
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I have the SW motech engine guards, so these look like they'll work well.

Thanks again!
If you need better photos just let me know... here's ones of me riding Tail of the Dragon.. killboy.com photo. Never had so much paparazzi when riding..



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Old 06-11-2013, 06:54 AM   #5634
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:02 AM   #5635
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:38 AM   #5636
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:34 PM   #5637
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Anybody have a spare turn signal switch housing they want to sell?

The one on the left side of the handlebar w/a pass switch, turn sig sw, hi-lo, hazard sw


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Old 06-15-2013, 05:05 PM   #5638
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Question New to me Versys. Have some service questions...

Hi all,

I just acquired a 2011 Versys with a whopping 230 miles on the clock which means the first oil change will be next weekend and between now and then I'd like to lube the chain too.

For simple chain stuff on my KLR and KLX I just roll the bike onto the side stand and jam a log or floor jack under the footpeg on the other side. Is the Versys sidestand strong enough for this?

Can I jack up the bike under the exhaust or do I need some kind of paddock stand and spools on the bike?

Can I use full Synthetic oil for the first oil change?

Are any special tools needed to replace the oil filter?

What is the engine break in procedure?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:13 AM   #5639
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Hi all,

I just acquired a 2011 Versys with a whopping 230 miles on the clock which means the first oil change will be next weekend and between now and then I'd like to lube the chain too.

For simple chain stuff on my KLR and KLX I just roll the bike onto the side stand and jam a log or floor jack under the footpeg on the other side. Is the Versys sidestand strong enough for this?

Can I jack up the bike under the exhaust or do I need some kind of paddock stand and spools on the bike?

Can I use full Synthetic oil for the first oil change?

Are any special tools needed to replace the oil filter?

What is the engine break in procedure?

Thanks in advance!
I don't know about the strength of the sidestand and pegs but I use a stand similar to this to clean and lube the chain:
http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcy...and-98800.html

I use mineral oil until break-in is done. Regardless of whether it's "better" for the engine or not, it's cheaper and I change it a lot during break-in.

I've got a filter socket thing that fits the OEM filter, it makes things a lot easier - no punctures, gouges, or tears in the filter. There are aftermarket filters that have a nut-end on it (like the K&N) which may make life easier...

There's lots of advice out there for break-in, but here's what it says in the manual:
"The first 1600km (1000 miles) that the motorcycle is ridden is designated as the break-in period. If the motorcycle is not used carefully during this period, you may very well end up with a "broken down" instead of a "broken in" motorcycle after a few thousand kilometers.
The following rules should be observed during the break-in period.
-The table shows maximum recommended engine speed during the break-in period.
Distance Travelled Maximum engine speed
0-800km (0-500 miles) 4000 r/min(rpm)
800-1600km (500-1000 miles) 6000 r/min(rpm)"
(p.51, Kawasaki Versys motorcycle owner's manual, April 2011)

I found the break-in instructions a little odd, since they were the same as the ones given for the KLR650, and 4000RPM works out to about 90kph...

I hope this helps!
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:42 AM   #5640
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Hi all,

I just acquired a 2011 Versys with a whopping 230 miles on the clock which means the first oil change will be next weekend and between now and then I'd like to lube the chain too.

For simple chain stuff on my KLR and KLX I just roll the bike onto the side stand and jam a log or floor jack under the footpeg on the other side. Is the Versys sidestand strong enough for this?

Can I jack up the bike under the exhaust or do I need some kind of paddock stand and spools on the bike?

Can I use full Synthetic oil for the first oil change?

Are any special tools needed to replace the oil filter?

What is the engine break in procedure?

Thanks in advance!
I use spools and a Harbor Freight stand. Well worth the investment. No, unless you've got the Kawasaki Special Tool/Jack that lets you jack it under the frame, but above the exhaust, don't.

I typically wait to there's at least 3K on a bike before switching to synth.

You'll need a seriously tight grip to get the OEM filter off. I bought a filter tool that fits that specific size yesterday at AutoZone for about $5.00 to get to the filter on my FZ8 which is a little harder to reach. One of these:
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...er=153161_0_0_

Best break in procedure ever:
http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm
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