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Old 05-14-2013, 07:34 PM   #59401
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Mark (or anyone else with a WRR),

I remember you dealing with a hole. I was doing my 3K oil change and cleaning the bike and I noticed a ding in my case from the shifter. The only time I remember dropping it on that side was the creek crossing with Matt a few weeks ago. Are any of you running a case guard?

Also, is this a normal amount of wear n the bottom swingarm slider? The mega thread has me paranoid.
Check for clearance at the shifter, if it looks too close to the case, use a couple crescent wrenches to bend the shifter until you're happy. I don't have a case guard.

The chain wore through my slider somewhere around 5500 or 6000 miles. Yours looks fine, when you can start seeing marks in the aluminum it's time for a new one. I went to a 14t front and 48 rear last time I changed chain and sprockets. It looks like it should keep the chain away. I run the chain pretty loose too, it will bind during rear suspension compression if its too tight. I think I gave less than $40 for the one I bought.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:46 PM   #59402
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Joe, chain guard looks normal, and is that a crack or a scratch in the stator cover? If its not seeping oil I'd say its good. Otherwise the part is about $80.

As far as I know no one is making a case saver specifically for the WR.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:50 PM   #59403
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cool...I might have to roll over and be there for either the start or finish.
Sweet!! I'll let you know when I'm there. We can hang out
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:51 PM   #59404
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Yeah I'll be there both days. Not sure what i'm riding yet as some of my usual riding mates will be a occupied (being vauge on purpose)
Cool, you staying in a cabin or camping? I'm doing the DS ride both days on my WRR.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:53 PM   #59405
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when you can start seeing marks in the aluminum it's time for a new one. I went to a 14t front and 48 rear last time I changed chain and sprockets.

That's my eventual plan as well. I seem to recall a matrix in the mega thread that lists all the ratios acquired by different sprockets, so I can keep it relatively the same going to 14 up front.

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Joe, chain guard looks normal, and is that a crack or a scratch in the stator cover? If its not seeping oil I'd say its good. Otherwise the part is about $80.

As far as I know no one is making a case saver specifically for the WR.
It's just a scratch, but I was hoping to do something preventative before I do worse.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:00 PM   #59406
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There was a guy on the mega thread that used a stainless steel spatula to make a protector for that area.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...ostcount=34553
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:03 PM   #59407
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:08 PM   #59408
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There was a guy on the mega thread that used a stainless steel spatula to make a protector for that area.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...ostcount=34553
Damn, that was only a month ago. How'd I miss that? Thanks for the link.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:17 PM   #59409
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So, we are having a little family get together at our house on Sunday, and you guys who have been here know that I have a few projects to finish/shit everywhere. I've been busting ass to get everything presentable, and at lunch time today, decided enough was enough. I tossed the keys to my WRR to my friend/employee who is helping and told him we were gong for lunch....45 minutes later, we were at the wing place that is 10 minutes from my house.....

Point of this story is, the Versys loves gravel. Between the street (like really street) tires and Alan telling me it took a while for him to get used to his Strom off pavement, I was concerned that I was not going to like it....I was wrong. The first road we hit, I rolled into it, the ass end wagged a bit, settled in and we were gone. I was riding at what I felt to be a comfortable pace, looked down and saw 67 on the speedo....whoops, it seriously is that steady.

This is possibly the most confidence inspiring bike I have ever been on. It starts by begging to lean further and further on paved twisties, then reels you in when you blast down a gravel road at 70....I can't believe more people don't ride these, it must be the fact that they are ugly as shit.
Matt,

The Versys is seriously underrated & overlooked. I often wish I had gone for a more versatile bike when shopping for the SV. That being said, street bikes on gravel are pretty damn fun. I think the fastest I went was 60. Feeling the ass end swim around on gravel really gave me more confidence and a better understanding of my limits on the street. I'd love to ride fast gravel with you again, maybe next time I can learn how much braking it takes to slide the front. Also, what tires are your Versys wearing? I'm due for a new rear soon and am considering Scorpion Trails for better traction in the loose stuff.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:02 AM   #59410
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It has Dunlop 221's on it now. Not even a little bit of a gravel oriented tire. I'll eventually switch to a shinko 705 when these get worn out.
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:09 AM   #59411
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1939 top speed 135mph......My Panther was made in 1940 and I wouldn`t even think of doing 55mph on it. Very cool bike. They made some bikes that were way ahead of their time back then. The materials are so much better today.
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:34 AM   #59412
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If anyone is interested in riding off-road (trails and MX) this coming Friday, BBrooks and I will be at Crow Canyon from 10-4, cost, $20

If you hadn't heard, Crow Canyon went private last year. You must send me a pm 1st so I know you are coming, I'll need to come down and unlock the gate to let you in. As before, you'll need to sign a waiver
Is it full or are they still taking memberships?
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:47 AM   #59413
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Point of this story is, the Versys loves gravel. Between the street (like really street) tires and Alan telling me it took a while for him to get used to his Strom off pavement, I was concerned that I was not going to like it....I was wrong. The first road we hit, I rolled into it, the ass end wagged a bit, settled in and we were gone. I was riding at what I felt to be a comfortable pace, looked down and saw 67 on the speedo....whoops, it seriously is that steady.
This is possibly the most confidence inspiring bike I have ever been on. It starts by begging to lean further and further on paved twisties, then reels you in when you blast down a gravel road at 70....I can't believe more people don't ride these, it must be the fact that they are ugly as shit.
I'm just an inch or so shorter than Dox (6'2"+), so the cramped/tight cockpit comments made me frown.
I've been looking around & asking questions about the Husky/BMW 650 Terra/Strata. Anybody ride one? If they're smoother than a KLR (what isn't?) I may try to get my butt on one to try. They seem to get great handling reviews and are 15-20 more HP than the KLR.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:30 AM   #59414
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Also, what tires are your Versys wearing? I'm due for a new rear soon and am considering Scorpion Trails for better traction in the loose stuff.
The scorpion trail is a solid tire. Work very well on wet or dry pavement, and they're a bit heavier duty than most street tires. The wider widths are dual compound, and I got between 8k and 12k miles out of a set.

The shinko 705 comes in 150, which will work fine on your bike. It'll get less mileage than the trail, but it's much less expensive and better off pavement.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:17 AM   #59415
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That's my eventual plan as well. I seem to recall a matrix in the mega thread that lists all the ratios acquired by different sprockets, so I can keep it relatively the same going to 14 up front.
If you haven't heard of it,there's a website called gearing commander that gives you a ton of info on gearing or simple final ratios when you change the front or rear sprockets.
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