Lets see your VERSYS

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by OKlr, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    looks alright that, could of done with a set of those and some knobblies for my ride home the other night.

    On that note does anyone know what semi off road tyres fit the V in the proper sizes? Just a 90/10 or 80/20 tarmac/dirt split woudl be ideal(so I can still show up my bro on his 990adv:evil:rofl)
  2. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    well after looking around seems the only two tyres for dual purpose in the right sizes are Pirelli scorpion trail and Avon distanzia's. Second set of wheels time me thinks and then have all bases covered:evil
  3. Widz

    Widz 05 lurker.950adv/sm rider

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    The Avons seem to get good reviews on the forums. As do the Pirellis, but they get less mileage.

    Tell me you werent riding out on the roads in that weather, or was it just the pictured part that was that snowy?

    Theres good infor on the MT60 option here;

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=511610
  4. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    That was just the last run upto my garage but yes there was snow similar to that on all the side roads, main roads were fairly churned up and quite easy to pass, plenty of fun out of junctions as you knew it was going to spin up so took it as machine control lessons:rofl ie larking around a bit as there was very little traffic(most people had gone home at lunch, the city was gridlock at midday, took us an hour to go 2 miles coming back from a callout).
    Only got semi stuck at one point turning off a mainish road iinto the last side road to mine when a pedestrian stepped out making me stop on a slope and telling me the bike should be home not in the snow....yes he was told I was almost there till he stepped out......gave me a push:wink:
  5. Clown683

    Clown683 n00b

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    Hello all,

    Here from the Netherlands, showing my Versys... :d

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    As far as I know, it is the only one with a black swingarm...
  6. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    May I ask what the recipie was to come up with the spoked rims?

    Approx cost, BS factor, etc?

    Nice end result. :D But I heard it's a spendy mod.
  7. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Nice looking bike there Clown, indicators in mirrors I see as well. Does look good in black green combo
  8. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle Maniac

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    Purchased from Woodys Wheel Works via Rad hubs . . . engineered and tested by RAD/Woodys (link below):
    I ordered the best of everything (including sealed for tubeless tires option).
    They mount up perfectly right out of the box . . . No modifications. Approx list = $1,900

    Still . . . Much less money than a 800GS or Tiger 800.

    http://www.woodyswheelworks.com/KawaVersys.html

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  9. Colorado_Rider

    Colorado_Rider Banned

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    I'm thinking of getting a Versys on a budget. If I were to find an older one, that is mostly stock, are there and must-do mods I should think about? I've heard about the 16t sprocket but I just plan on commuting and having fun close to home. It seems like a stock one will suit my needs pretty well but I've said that before:deal
  10. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    Stock gearing is fine. YMMV.

    IMO the only must do mod is suspension upgrades. Unless you count heated grips, which are a must do mod for me on any bike that didn't come with them.
  11. cls

    cls Long timer

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    The only must-do for me was exhaust (And that's the case on any bike for me.). The brakes are wooden, the suspension is budget, and the power is moderate (But very useable.), but it's still a super public road bike, as is. Just be aware of those things.
  12. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Wouldnt say the brakes are wooden but changing the pad compound can tailor them to your taste. Set of braided brake lines and they are more than good enough for everything the bike can do(check out youtube and type in versys at cadwell), some people find vibes a problem but there are mods to help with this(rubber tap washers under handlebar risers for instance), aprilia tuono mirrors. Basically its a good bike so just ride it and have fun:clap
  13. AzItLies

    AzItLies Been here awhile

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    This is my 2011 with 2013 white plastic:

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    Like a lot of others, I really like this bike. The one mod I consider a 'must do' is changing the rear sprocket from a 46T to a 44T. Makes it much more of a 'road bike'.

    Helps in other ways too; speedo is accurate (odo is off slightly), probably slightly better gas mileage. Easy to do.

    Cheers
  14. Colorado_Rider

    Colorado_Rider Banned

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    The suspension thing worries me a little, no off-road use for me but I would want it to carve the canyons pretty well. How are they when flogged on pavement?

    These guys sell a good brake upgrade too.

    http://palmerproducts.co.uk/
  15. AzItLies

    AzItLies Been here awhile

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    I think they hold up very well. Good tires needed of course. Bout out to the edges of my Scorpion trails and never had a slide yet. Bike has 7" of clearance, you can lean it pretty well. Turn in is incredibly easy, very light and nimble. I weight 170 and have no complaints re suspension at all.

    Cheers
  16. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    The compression damping was too harsh. I had a new shim stack made for the front and adapted a used R1 shock in the back.

    Bikes in the price range tend to have cheap suspension, but if I believe what I read, Honda might set their cheap bike suspensions up better?

    Oddly enough on the EX650 forums people seem to want Versys shocks for an upgrade. And I'm sure R1 riders like to upgrade their shocks as well.
  17. cls

    cls Long timer

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    Nothing is needed to ride it hard and have fun...Until, and unless, you're an enthusiast. Then it's every man for himself (Or woman...herself.). Let the spending begin.
  18. AzItLies

    AzItLies Been here awhile

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    hahah :) talk about hitting the proverbial nail on the head...

    Then we get all the mods done and shake our heads going 'Could have just bought this other more expensive bike that comes stock with everything I just did! and it would have been cheaper!'

    motorcycling... ya gotta love it :fpalm
  19. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    If you are in this thread you will most likely already have a versys. But if not i've done a review on mine, whitch has been sold and replaced with a klr650. can be viewed here. Please subscribe i have many videos, and many more on the way. Audio is a bit over modulated, sorry.


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  20. Mobiker

    Mobiker Long timer

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    Nice video. Did you voice over? I noticed a complete lack of wind noise.

    Since you're online I guess the worst of the storms missed you?