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Old 08-29-2008, 03:08 PM   #1426
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How good is the Versys for long distance?

I have been looking at the new Kawasaki Versys and was wondering how it would be for Long Distance touring comfort? Wind protection, seat, luggage carrying ability, range per tank full, etc. etc. What aftermarket accessories are avaiable and from who. whom?

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Old 08-29-2008, 04:11 PM   #1427
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All the infromation you seek is in this thread. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-30-2008, 07:44 AM   #1428
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Hey! I think this might be my first post, long time lurker here. I've got a Husky TE450 that kicks ass, and I began riding it on the road an awful lot once I moved out to the "sticks". So......

I picked up a V a few months ago. It kicks ass.

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So, are you saying your Husky is just like your Versys?
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Old 08-30-2008, 07:49 AM   #1429
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I have been looking at the new Kawasaki Versys and was wondering how it would be for Long Distance touring comfort? Wind protection, seat, luggage carrying ability, range per tank full, etc. etc. What aftermarket accessories are avaiable and from who. whom?

Thanks,!
LD touring... good, compared to a thumper. Bad, compared to a long distance touring bike.

Wind protection... Not good. Consider the bike a blank canvas.

Range per tank... holds 5 gals, usually gets at least 50 mpg.

etc. etc.? Yes, and no.

Aftermarket? Lots. Available through the search function here, and google in the real world.
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Old 08-30-2008, 08:06 AM   #1430
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Seat with passenger backrest question

Hey guys,

GREAT info here. Been following the seat threads mostly for now. I'd like to know what options there are for a passenger backrest. I've seen Corbin but what else is out there?

I'm not as concerned about the other issues right now (hard seat, sliding foreward). I'm an off road rider getting back into street riding after 20 years so the stock V seat as is feels like a down pillow compared to the 2X4 I'm used to sitting on.

Thanks for the help!

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Old 08-30-2008, 09:13 AM   #1431
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:43 AM   #1432
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Pics of a V with Givi E36N panniers?

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Old 08-30-2008, 11:50 AM   #1433
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http://images.google.com/images?q=Ve...=1&sa=N&tab=wi
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Old 08-30-2008, 05:23 PM   #1434
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So, are you saying your Husky is just like your Versys?
I have always said that my Versys is just like my motard except more comfortable.
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Old 08-30-2008, 05:54 PM   #1435
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I have been looking at the new Kawasaki Versys and was wondering how it would be for Long Distance touring comfort? Wind protection, seat, luggage carrying ability, range per tank full, etc. etc. What aftermarket accessories are avaiable and from who. whom?
Like William said, all the answers are in this thread. But, if you want to see a Versys crashing the V-Strom West Rally follow this link.

While you are there, look around in the accessories forum, lots of stuff there to choose from.

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Old 08-30-2008, 06:25 PM   #1436
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So, are you saying your Husky is just like your Versys?
Not at all. The TE motor feels violent compared to the V, the TE is a lot lighter, much quicker turning, better brakes, EASY wheelies. The V is all street, more comfortable, faster, much better for the long road. The roads are so sweet out here, I was using my dirt bike to cruise around the street all the time. I wanted a comfortable bike that you sit on like a dirt bike. The Versys is a ton of fun, I ride it every chance I get. I'd like a few extra ponies, I'm working on that....

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Old 08-30-2008, 06:48 PM   #1437
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Gustavo, you still running that same windshield in that link? What shield is that? How is the turburlence?

Think it is the Power Bronze, do they make for the Versys or did you modify one? Looking for some smoother air.

Nice pictures and good story.
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Old 08-30-2008, 07:13 PM   #1438
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Gustavo, you still running that same windshield in that link? What shield is that? How is the turburlence?

Nice pictures and good story.
Thanks, glad you liked reading it.

The windshield is indeed a Powerbronze and it is a Versys specific model, but it wasn't that good initially. It gave me more turbulence than I like (which is about typical of large screens). It gave me better coverage, but also more turbulence, so I was thinking of keeping it as a winter screen and using the OE screen when it's warmer or on shorter weekend rides. I played around with it and couldn't find the right height until I arrived at the setup you see in those pictures - screen mounted in top position with 1/2" spacers in the lower holes to change the screen's angle of attack. Works rather well now, so well, in fact that I decided to keep it on all the time.

You can see the lower portion of the spacer keeping the screen off the bracket here:



Now that I fixed it, it seems much more like a great value at $70.

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Old 08-30-2008, 10:21 PM   #1439
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Givi 360

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Anyone?
Here is a photo with the Givi E360 bags.

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Old 08-30-2008, 10:59 PM   #1440
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Nice Versys. The bags look big though I am sure they handle the load.

Did you know the other Versys six slots to the left?

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Here is a photo with the Givi E360 bags.

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