Versys hack

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by monstermetal, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. monstermetal

    monstermetal n00b

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    Hello all. I have lurked at everyone's stuff for quite some time and figured I should post a couple pics of my project..

    Its a 09 Versys I shot Olive drab and Jay at DMC put a Dual sport hack on... This is my first hack experience and I have less than 1000 miles sporting it around but so far I have been having blast.... The bike was bought as new old stock and is barely past its second oil change.... First new bike I have ever owned and I felt compelled to loose the snot green for something not so flashy... Strange how all the old bikes Ive had I just wanted them to look new and then I finally get a new bike and one of the first things I do is a backyard paint-job over the perfect bodywork :huh

    I am going to build a Leading link for it in the near future, bought a radiator guard from a fellow in the UK that's on its way... bark busters, soft bags and a windshild I think are pretty much only other non stock bits at this point... Oh and a 13 T front sprocket that makes the zipping around on twisty bits a kick but sucks for freeway speeds (speedo is now worthless but I would guess I am maybe 65MPH in top gear at about 4000 RPM, If you want to cruse at 75 it wont be much for mileage or sanity)

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  2. Arkansasrider

    Arkansasrider LOST

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    How much! I have a 650 gs and this looks perfect!
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  3. monstermetal

    monstermetal n00b

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    The hack kit is $2500.... There are extras you can buy and bike specific mounts that vary in cost depending on model. Pretty reasonable.... With a brand new bike, new sidecar and pro install I am into the whole rig about $9K
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  4. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Nice Versys dual sport setup! :clap

    I think I might want to upgrade the tires to something a little more aggressive, then start tearing up the forest service roads with that thing. Great rig for backcountry camping I'd think.
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  5. Arkansasrider

    Arkansasrider LOST

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    Thanks for the info.
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  6. monstermetal

    monstermetal n00b

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    Agreed, I ordered a set of dual sportish skins that should be better.... My plan and preference would have been the Pirelli MT60's but I was told that since they are a good grippy tire I'd nuke them quick with the hack... So instead I bought some cheap Avon DS clones for half the price.... I'll see how they hold up and maybe next time spring for the Pirelli's
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  7. BuiltnotBought

    BuiltnotBought Perpetual Project

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    I like it!
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  8. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    keep us in action pics featuring that thing-- its soo fine
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  9. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    Awesome rig.
    I have thought quite a bit about a Versys DS rig.
    Yours looks better than I imagined.

    BTW if you really have a 13 T front sprocket (stock is 15) you are only going 46 mph @ 4000 RPM.
    Stock the Versys goes about 53 @ 4000.

    Have you considered Side Effects/Steerite triple tree mods vs the leading links?
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  10. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    MM, that is a great looking outfit, congrats! :clap
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  11. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    Ya done good pilgrim. :clap
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  12. monstermetal

    monstermetal n00b

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    Um.... No? What does the steerite mod entail? The appeal of the LL front end is I can build it.. If I had to shell out two grand I would probably leave the front end alone....

    And yes I really have a 13T front sprocket, Are you sure 46 MPH? Indicated is 76 and I am sure 76 is high but I have a hard time accepting the speedo is 30 MPH off ?
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  13. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    They cut the triple trees and re-configure them to reduce the trail similar to what leading links do and with most of the same benefits.
    What I liked about them is they keep the stock appearance of the bike and cost significantly less than links for those without the fab skills to build them.
    Leading links are supposed to be better as I believe they take the side-loads better, but on some bikes they look really funky to me and the Steerite mods worked great on my Connie rig.

    FWIW I recall it was about $600 to have them done a few years ago, its probably a bit more now.
    http://www.sidecars.ca/#!steerite


    Yea, I am pretty sure on the speed.
    I have a gearing spread sheet I use on all my bikes and its always been really close to what the GPS says.
    I threw your 13T in my Versys one and that's what kicked out.
    Keep in mind even stock the speedo is off.
    I typically run at 5000 RPM which shows 70 on the speedo and 66 on the GPS.
    I dont actually like the Versys that much at 4000 RPM, its pretty vibby, but smooths out a lot by 5000.

    Are you sure your not thinking 5000 RPM vs 4000, 5000 RPM should net you 58 MPH with the 13T.
    Slap a GPS on to know for sure.
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  14. jaydmc

    jaydmc Long timer

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    Larry is capable of building most any thing he wants including he could have built the entire sidecar rig. As his shop is just down the road from ours I have seen much of the truely neat stuff he has built. Here is a link to his site http://www.monstermetal.org/ where you can see some of the works of art he has built.
    I spoke with Larry about doing the steerite type modifications as he is capable of doing these him self as well as leading links.
    Jay G
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  15. tattoogunman

    tattoogunman Been here awhile

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    Damn man, how much did you get the bike for by itself? They're almost $7900 (MSRP of course) just for the bike......
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  16. monstermetal

    monstermetal n00b

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    I got a great deal on the bike..... $5400 brand spankin new....
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  17. monstermetal

    monstermetal n00b

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    Thanks for the kind words Jay :-)
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  18. tattoogunman

    tattoogunman Been here awhile

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    Nice!
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  19. tractor4play

    tractor4play Been here awhile

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    great to hear somebody getting a good deal rather than getting ripped by the stealerships.
    stunning set up and it looks the part if that matters.
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  20. GreatWhiteNorth

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    Dig the olive drab paint :evil Nice combo with the DMC Enduro sidecar.
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