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Old 06-16-2008, 09:40 AM   #976
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Thanks. That's the info I needed. I'll stay with the stock 15T countersprocket, because I'm more interested in an accurate odometer. I would like the gearing just a tad taller, so I'll likely go down two teeth in the rear.
454443424140
153.0002.9332.8672.8002.7332.667
162.8132.7502.6882.6252.5632.500




I don't know the stock rear sprocket size so I used the KLR sprockets as reference.

If you don't want to change the counter sprocket but would like the ratio of the 16x43. You can achieve almost the same ratio by reducing the rear sprocket to a 40 tooth.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:55 AM   #977
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Hello All,

Over the last week or so, I've read the entire 66 page thread. I am in the process of selling my '06 GS Adventure with the intention of buying a more road oriented mid-weight to replace it. I test rode a Versys the other day and was suitably impressed.

I plan to use the bike for light-weight touring (i.e. 3-7 day trips, little camping when 2 up), occasionally accompanied by my petite wife. I am 5'8"/175 pounds, she's 5'3"/120. If I buy a Versys, I'll likely mount up Givi PLX bags and Givi trunk, using the SW-Motech quick disconnect racks. I will also replace/redo the seat to make it more comfortable for the pillion. My questions are: For those of you who have Givi bags mounted, how's the clearance for the passenger? Secondly, beyond the Kawasaki lowered gel seat,are there any other seat options?

I wont likely make a decision on the Versys until my GSA is sold, but I liked it enough on the test ride to try and sort out if it will work for my purposes.

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Old 06-16-2008, 10:02 AM   #978
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Hello All,

Over the last week or so, I've read the entire 66 page thread. I am in the process of selling my '06 GS Adventure with the intention of buying a more road oriented mid-weight to replace it. I test rode a Versys the other day and was suitably impressed.

I plan to use the bike for light-weight touring (i.e. 3-7 day trips, little camping when 2 up), occasionally accompanied by my petite wife. I am 5'8"/175 pounds, she's 5'3"/120. If I buy a Versys, I'll likely mount up Givi PLX bags and Givi trunk, using the SW-Motech quick disconnect racks. I will also replace/redo the seat to make it more comfortable for the pillion. My questions are: For those of you who have Givi bags mounted, how's the clearance for the passenger? Secondly, beyond the Kawasaki lowered gel seat,are there any other seat options?

I wont likely make a decision on the Versys until my GSA is sold, but I liked it enough on the test ride to try and sort out if it will work for my purposes.

Thanks,
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Sargent: This weeknd I sat on and road for a short distance a Sargent seat for a KLR. I am a Corbin user and I was impressed with the Sargent seat.
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:07 AM   #979
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454443424140
153.0002.9332.8672.8002.7332.667
162.8132.7502.6882.6252.5632.500




I don't know the stock rear sprocket size so I used the KLR sprockets as reference.

If you don't want to change the counter sprocket but would like the ratio of the 16x43. You can achieve almost the same ratio by reducing the rear sprocket to a 40 tooth.
Stock on the Versys is 15/45, or a final ratio of 3.00. Generally, going up or done one on the front is equal to going up or down between 3 and 4 teeth in the rear, and your chart bears that out.

Going down two teeth in the back looks about right to me, based on my seat of the pants assessment of first gear takeoff power and cruising speed revs.
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:12 AM   #980
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Stock on the Versys is 15/45, or a final ratio of 3.00. Generally, going up or done one on the front is equal to going up or down between 3 and 4 teeth in the rear, and your chart bears that out.

Going down two teeth in the back looks about right to me, based on my seat of the pants assessment of first gear takeoff power and cruising speed revs.
484746454443424140
143.4293.3573.2863.2143.1433.0713.0002.9292.857
153.2003.1333.0673.0002.9332.8672.8002.7332.667
163.0002.9382.8752.8132.7502.6882.6252.5632.500


This should cover all the reasonable options.
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:28 AM   #981
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Hello All,

Over the last week or so, I've read the entire 66 page thread. I am in the process of selling my '06 GS Adventure with the intention of buying a more road oriented mid-weight to replace it. I test rode a Versys the other day and was suitably impressed.
Wow, going from a GSA to a Versys... very cool. Keep us posted on your progress. I guess it all boils down to your planned use for the bike. My heart was after a BMW, but I just don't have the time to justify the money.

I think the entire Versys Collective is waiting for a Corbin/Sargent option. I had a Sargent on my Tuono, and it was wonderful.

I'll check the passenger clearance on mine when I get home today, maybe a picture or two would help?
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:33 AM   #982
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Wow, going from a GSA to a Versys... very cool. Keep us posted on your progress. I guess it all boils down to your planned use for the bike. My heart was after a BMW, but I just don't have the time to justify the money.

I think the entire Versys Collective is waiting for a Corbin/Sargent option. I had a Sargent on my Tuono, and it was wonderful.

I'll check the passenger clearance on mine when I get home today, maybe a picture or two would help?
If the Versys owners are serious about a Sargent or Corbin seat they should email them asking when one will be ready. The 'Squeeky Wheel' method. Corbin normally asks for a loaner from someone who is willing to leave their bike with them for R&D. The pay off is the owner gets a new seat free.
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:02 PM   #983
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Corbin "is" working on a seat for the Versys... they have photo's of the process on their website.

I had a local custom seat maker tweak my stock seat. New foam, reshaped and cover... much better than stock.
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:21 PM   #984
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Surprised the wife with a new Versys over the weekend. I made an excuse to head to the local dealer and had her sit on it. The manager had written her name on the back of the SOLD tag and I asked who the lucky new owner was--she was blown away and didn't believe it. We are loving it and it's a good thing she is out of town during most work weeks.
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:20 PM   #985
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Thanks for the responses, OnlyVees, I'd deeply appreciate a few pics. My wife sat on the back and it was a pretty good fit, but when I look at the pictures of bikes with Givis, I wonder if they would crowd her legs a little. I've had both Corbin and Sargent seats, and have liked them both. I've also done custom, but I like the return policy on off the shelf stuff. As always, the Advrider community is a font of knowledge.

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Old 06-16-2008, 03:06 PM   #986
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My Versys came in August 20, 2007. Currently has 6500 miles and counting. Just did the fourth oil change... Dead simple changes due to screw on filter used by many other kawi and Honda and other bikes, easy access to plug and filler.

Couldn't take the seat for more than 60 miles when I got it. Added the lowering pegs. Haven't thought about the seat since. The "Bad, bad seat" totally went away.
Added the H B crash bars; used them twice. They are dynomite; they protect everything on the side. Added Acerbis grip protectors. They do their job no matter what bike they are on.

Added MT60 Corsa's by Pirelli at 4000, so now at 2500 miles, the rear shows a bit of wear, but the front shows as new. I like them so far. They handle very well, and give you a fightin' chance in loose sand and gravel. this bike will probably go anywhere you want to take it, but suffers from the obvious tender underbelly, but worse, the geometry of the rear shock...this is never going to be a comfortable ride on pot holes and wash board roads. Someone prove me wrong. Meanwhile it works great on gravel roads at any normal DS speed (70) and dirt roads as long as your butt can take it.

Added BMW 12v outlet to dash for accessories. Added Sentech fuse buss under right "tank" cover. Velcroed to tank. Plan to add CaribouCases very soon.

This bike is a dream to operate. I commute, deliver, pick up, attend meetings, and any other crappy errand that comes down the pike. It is always there, easy to handle, jumps around traffic then blows past, and in a word, WORKS!

Great bike.
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Old 06-16-2008, 03:34 PM   #987
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I love the Mt60's as well, but do not like changing tires every 2500-3000 miles. I am going to try a Distanzia 150/70/17 her in the up coming weeks. Glad to see it doing so well and I am finally seeing them driving around here in Albuquerque.
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Old 06-16-2008, 04:19 PM   #988
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Just picked up a Versys about an hour ago. Well I signed for it anyways, the dealership was about to close when I got there, so I'll pick it up from prep in the morning Can't wait!
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Old 06-16-2008, 04:27 PM   #989
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Just picked up a Versys about an hour ago. Well I signed for it anyways, the dealership was about to close when I got there, so I'll pick it up from prep in the morning Can't wait!
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Old 06-16-2008, 04:44 PM   #990
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I rode one last week,nice bike.Who makes the lower footpegs?And is a longer shifter available? TIA
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