Versys owners checkin

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by pilot, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. Ko

    Ko Observant as never

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    Hopefully I won't jinx myself :lol3 I've had few drops when off-roading, either mud or hard pack. Broke just one foot peg, but not the whole assembly, just the footpeg. The reason was the peg feeler, on the right was grinded down less than the one on the left, and on one drop the bike was in a rooted thingy and when it rested on the right the feeler broke the peg in half.
    What helps, based on what I noticed on my bike, is having spools on the swingarm. They take some weight off the footpegs/levers, me thinks, if the terrain is somewhat level.
    Now I have some cruiser type 5lb each foot pegs, ugly as hell, but they're doing a great job off-road :evil
  2. Steelybeast

    Steelybeast Been here awhile

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    I like that one. Much nicer looking than the '08 I had for a while.

    Come on, you know you are just itching to change your sig line again :D
  3. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    David! I should have pulled the trigger on your generous trade offer when I had the chance! :deal :freaky

    On the other hand, I'm really crazy about the 2010-up model. I like the styling a little better, and although I haven't ridden one, I feel the rubber-mounted engine is a worthwhile improvement.

    Regardless, I'm glad you ended up with a Bandit as you wanted! :clap
  4. MingRidesBikes

    MingRidesBikes Been here awhile

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    Got to break in the Versys today! :clap

    Went on a 100 mile ride thru the twisties, and finished up with about 60 miles thru mountain/dirt roads! The Versys actually has pretty good charecteristics off pavement, but the stock tires are a little sketchy at times. thinking I need to switch them out for some dual sports soon! :evil

    -Ming
  5. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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    After many months of development we finally got the Versys modified to an adventure bike set up. Got the 2009 brand new last summer for $5,200.

    Recommended mods to consider:

    The stock forks are flat out dangerous off road. They pack and wont rebound before the next rock or bump and then the front end gets deflected out of control when the front end is out of travel.

    Suspension: Traxxion Dynamics AK-20 kit with 8" of travel and set up for adventure riding:

    Oil level 110 mm 5 wt
    Springs 7.0 KG x 315mm
    Range of adjusters is 4.5 turns
    Compression valve 3 Rebound valve 3
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    Elka Custom 3 WAY rear shock with adventure dampening rates 1/2" longer eye length and 2" more rear wheel travel and hydraulic preload adjustor and adjustable length for ride height:
    Stock shock is 300mm long, 52mm travel (248mm compressed)
    We have a 312.5mm long shock with 64mm travel with or without adjustable length

    • Adjustable length

      • Extended 312mm +/-5
      • Travel 64mm
      • Compressed 248mm +/-5
      • 6" long 900 kg rear spring
      • 25% compression reduction from street valve rates for adventure riding
      • 33% rebound reduction from street valve rates for adventure riding
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    Woodys Wheels ( the stock hubs packed with mud and would be badly out of balance once you hit the pavement):
    Custom Radd Cush Hub superlaced tubeless sealed excel rim:

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    Woodys 19" superlaced tubeless front wheel with 1" raised fender:

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    Kildala BMW800GS Rad guard with custom mount bracket:

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    A must for dusty riding:
    Uni AST-4200 angled 2" pod filters added to the intake stacks in the motor.
    We have found plenty of dust getting past the stock filter:

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    Fast way pegs with BMW F800 GS shifter arm welded to stock pivot gives much better position and adjustment range for shifter as well as allowing the shifter knob to pivot like a dirt bike. Also note the BRP chain guide needed for the extra rear suspension travel:

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    Kick stand needs to be 2" taller so for now we got a plastic block bolted to an aftermarket wide foot. We will cut and re-weld the kickstand to the right length after we got the adjustable ride height on each end tuned in:

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    Rox Risers, Pro Taper Fat bars, Cycra hand guards:

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    Rear mud flap using 2 dirt bike mud flaps side by side ( Gorilla tape is really not needed):

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    SWMotech engine guard:

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    Many standard upgrades like the Givi large screen, custom seat, frame and engine guards, HB luggage mounts for Pelican cases etc.

    Adventure Bike Set Up Costs:

    New Versys: $5200.
    Traxxion AK-20 Mod: $1,400.
    Elka custom shock: $1,400.
    Woodys Wheels: $1,900.
    Filter Pods: $30.00
    Kildala Rad Guard and brackets: $220.
    Mud Flap: $60.
    SW-Motech Skid Plate: $240.00
    SW-Motech Quick release Pelican mounts: $245.
    Pelican cases: $480.
    Hepco Becker Engine Guard: $190.
    Givi wind screen: $140.
    Cycra Probend hand guards: $135.
    Rox rubber mounted 2" Fat Bar risers $140.
    Pro Taper Fat bar: $70.
    Custom seat: $300.
    BRP chain guide $100.
    New DID X-ring Chain: $180.
    Raised Fender mount: $20.

    Total Mods: $7,250.
    Cost of Bike: $5,200.
    Complete Adventure Bike: $12,250.
    (plus personal labor)

    PM me for any questions regarding these mods and adventure set up.
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  6. Paesano

    Paesano Adventurer

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    :thumbup Nice! I've been plotting a theoretical purchase of a Versys for the last three or four months. That dealer has a couple on eBay at any given time, seems like. Lightly used '09s were going for $4200ish a month back or so... I was tempted to do a fly and buy.
  7. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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    Yeah the modification costs are expensive but the value of the overall bike makes it a great buy in the adventure category.

    New Versys: $5200.
    Traxxion AK-20 Mod: $1,400.
    Elka custom shock: $1,400.
    Woodys Wheels: $1,900.
    Filter Pods: $30.00
    Kildala Rad Guard and brackets: $220.
    Mud Flap: $60.
    SW-Motech Skid Plate: $240.00
    SW-Motech Quick release Pelican mounts: $245.
    Pelican cases: $480.
    Hepco Becker Engine Guard: $190.
    Givi wind screen: $140.
    Cycra Probend hand guards: $135.
    Rox rubber mounted 2" Fat Bar risers $140.
    Pro Taper Fat bar: $70.
    Custom seat: $300.
    BRP chain guide $100.
    New DID X-ring Chain: $180.
    Raised Fender mount: $20.

    Total Mods: $7,250.
    Cost of Bike: $5,200.
    Complete Adventure Bike: $12,250.
    (plus personal labor)
  8. flying_hun

    flying_hun Moral Hazard

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    Very impressive.
  9. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    That is without a doubt the hottest Versys I have ever seen! Just awesome!

    A couple of questions about the wheels. When you say $1,900 for the wheels, does that include the "custom hubs", and the tires? Are they a bolt-on solution for $1,900? Thanks!
  10. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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    The Woody's Wheels include hubs spokes sealing and excel signature rims.
    You provide the stock rotors and sprockets off your Versys to them and your choice of tires Knobbies or dual sport tires. They will mount and balance and verify seal quality for that price. Zak did the custom work at Woody's:

    http://www.woodyswheelworks.com/

    Also if anyone needs a good condition stock Versys rim front, rear or both we can sell them cheap.
  11. Steelybeast

    Steelybeast Been here awhile

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    That's the most impressive transformation of a Versys I have seen to date. Between all that work you put into it and that bulletproof engine, you have one nice ADV bike :thumb

    David
  12. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    That's odd that Woody was able to produce a set of Versys wheels "under the radar" when folks have been begging for Strom wheels for years now. :huh
    I don't even know if the Strom wheels are even available yet.

    Are the hubs on the Versys something that crosses over with another bike?
  13. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    Actually V Strom 1000 and Versys wheels are an easy interchange.(the 650 V Strom uses smaller bearings) I've had a"19" V Strom 1000 front wheel on my Versys for a year now. The rear is not to hard either I just didn't bother to match them up yet. So it should be possible to use those hubs on a V Strom 1000.
  14. Jeff Watts

    Jeff Watts Adventurer

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    I'm not trying to offend anyone, so please don't take this wrong, but Why?

    I agree that it's a beautiful build, but for the money, couldn't you have come close to paying for a BMW or KTM?

    That's not even touching the labor.

    I see roughly the same labor invested in the several mutant ninja builds, and a cash investment of less than 20% of this machine, and at the end, I'm willing to bet that any of the ninja builds would be equally as capable offroad.

    I'm not hating on your bike, I just think you've priced yourself way out of the market. There's a reason people build a bike instead of buying one off the shelf. Money.
  15. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    IMHO It is a lot of money, but, it's a brand new bike set up with first rate equipment. Even a BMW or KTM would not come with: Traxxion AK-20 Mod, Elka custom shock, Woodys Wheels, Filter Pods, Kildala rad. guard and brackets, mud flap, SW-Motech skid plate, SW-Motech quick release Pelican mounts, Pelican cases, Hepco Becker engine guard, Givi wind screen, Cycra Probend hand guards, Rox rubber mounted 2" Fat Bar risers, raised fender mount, custom seat, BRP chain guide, DID X-ring chain. The BMW or KTM may have the Pro-Taper bars and laced wheels but not tubeless. But everything else would have to be added to the BMW or KTM also, if that is what you wanted. So yeah a $12000 Versys is high, but my $14000 BMW's final cost was a lot higher than $14000! The labor would be much more on a mutant build and $2500 would be really low also. The bike looks good and will perform the job the builder is asking of it, and considering what he's got $12000 ain't that bad. I think people just see $12000 Versys, WTF!!!!! They need to look at the big picture. Like I said "IMHO".
  16. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    Do the brake dics swap over or did you run the Strom dics on your conversion?
    BTW, PM me some pics of this :deal

    If the dics can swap perhaps Woody has finally made some wire wheels for the Stroms and the Versys piggy backed off that.
    The last time I check on the Strom wheels was a few months back and they were still not being made.
    Even piggy backing it seems real quick to have these Versys rims out.
  17. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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    Woody talked Bob at Radd into dong it for us. He did it knowing the demand would be out there. Woody stuck his neck out and hopes to sell them. Stock Versys wheels are a real problem for adventure riding.
    These wheels give the suspension that little bit of cushion to make the new ride so smooooth!:clap
  18. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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    No these wheels use all stock Versys rotors, sprockets.
    They were made specifically for the Versys by Woody.
  19. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I couldn't care less about offroad, but this Versys is the best I've seen yet.
  20. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Compared to what?
    Now you have a too tall 475lb dirt bike that still goes too fast in first and still has choppy low speed fueling. And it's not the great streetbike that it once was.

    I like where you're going with it and you've done a nice job. For me I think I would just buy something that's already designed for that use. There are some nice choices out there that aren't any more than what you have in it. Models that come to mind are 690 enduro, F800GS, 800XC. I would probly just go find a nice used 650X or an LC4.

    Definitely the wheels and suspension upgrades are a big improvement. But five grand to do that? Oh my! As much as the whole bike. I always invest and modify with selling in mind. Can I get my money back out of it?

    Run it like a dirtbike and I'll bet lots of stuff breaks. Its not very waterproof either, the whole under-seat pan is just plastic and full of holes. Time to offload those fairings as well.

    I love my Versys, and as much as I would love for it to be an enduro, I think I'll just keep it as a great streetbike and get a good enduro bike.

    EDIT: BTW, in looking at the bikes in your sig I just have to ask myself WHY???