Versys owners checkin

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

  1. rjmorel

    rjmorel Dual Sporticus

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    ADV pics from this summer trip. Torroweep Grand Canyon
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    vid of coming up out of Torroweep
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  2. Roadpoet

    Roadpoet Adventurer

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    Great pictures and shows that the Versys can tackle most roads, made or unmade. I believe it isn't a real off roader as standard but certainly really good bike for an adventure. It has handled everything I've ever thrown at it but I've never been off road - just on rocky tracks, gravel and tarmac.

    Me in Southern Spain - poor picture but good memories!

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  3. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Amazing pictures! Bravo! :freaky

    I looked at this one several times before noticing the person in the picture!

    Front page material! :clap

  4. ggg

    ggg Adventurer

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    i have had the correct weighted springs put in and the valving done by a pro shop, its a heaps better... back of the preload and rebound what a joke thats the probelem with the stock front end to soft and wallows, mine is now firmer and doesnt wallow, at first when i got it back it felt harder but its just firmer and its such a better bike, it is the best mod to date and ive done tires, lower pegs, bar riser and the front end was buy far the best a safest mod, now the front is so good i need to get a gold valve kit for the rear shock.
  5. rjmorel

    rjmorel Dual Sporticus

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    On my suspension, It was always harsh around town. I turned preload and dampening as soft as it would go and that made it better and now when I load it up for a trip , I just dial up preload on rear shock. With a load it rides nice and soft for a all day long in the saddle ride. But I'm touring not dragging pegs so ymmv. I weigh around 175lbs plus all the tent, panniers, trunk, tank bag that are filled. rj
  6. Oh2RideMore

    Oh2RideMore Long timer

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    Got in my first oil change maintenance today. Oil filter was was stuck on there, had to take off right plastic cover to get fllter wrench in there, still no luck. Did the wonderful screwdriver through filter bit to get it off. Drain plug was tight but came off with a 17 mm wrench fine. Not as bad as the exhaust wrapped filter led me to believe. Got it all done before the sleet started today, then covered the bike. Ready to get back out and ride.
  7. eeore39648

    eeore39648 Long timer

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    Trust me it gets it's share of Bugs! The weather sucks here lately, so she's been gettin' a rest.

    The guards were left overs from my Yamaha Raptor. I didn't want them for ground contact protection. I wanted them for some wind protection. I rode once in the cold, my hands got cold. I have never had that problem on 3 other bikes. Then it hit me, all of them had barkbusters. So, I took the time to paint these, they work great! Maybe not for everyone, but they get the job done.
  8. JAES1

    JAES1 n00b

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    I think the bike will be down for a month or two. I plan on the special mud flap on the battery box(really prefer another location)mod. Have spools for the rear axe to install and I plan on doing a plastic~dip on them. Also dip~n the Barkbuster spins and??? I would like to do the tune mod on the cross over to kill the sputters but not real confident on the procedure. some photos and thoughts on this and maybe another??? Also Amsoil 5k service.
  9. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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  10. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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  11. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Revzilla list them on their site but they are out of stock.
  12. Oh2RideMore

    Oh2RideMore Long timer

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    Factory oil filter was on super tight, and with exhaust so close, had to wait a bit to take it off. What oil filter wrench do you have that makes it easier? My old fashioned slip tighten one will not grab it securely with the space allowed. Using grip or strap wrenches?
  13. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    that is a newly listed size. they've had the 120-90 for a long time, but never avail. in the US. i see they also have a 180-55-17 which i assume is to go after the 1200 multi rear (190-55 is oem). i'd say companies going after the multi tire market will be the best chance of them making the same 120-70 for the V. if conti leads, i'd bet others follow.
  14. mminob

    mminob Been here awhile

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    Kawasaki claims that the Rear Shock has a 2 stage feature??? Hmmm...Too [ 2 ] harsh damping for my 160 lbs. And with a cheap spring that is too stiff...even on no. 1 preload...So...I did the Yamaha R1 shock transplant...with hi and low speed compression adjustment... for 100 bucks...works great...In the front I changed the oil to 5 wt. and lowered the oil level a little...big improvement and cheap too...:wink:

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  15. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    if you click on that size you get a notify me by email pop-up. i'd say if revzilla gets a ton of this they'll press to get that tire asap.
    someone should post this over on kawasakiversys.com
    http://www.revzilla.com/product/continental-twinduro-tkc80-dual-sport-tires
    since the 180 is also out of stock, i'd say the tires might not be in the US yet.
  16. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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  17. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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  18. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Get one of the cap type ones (fits right onto the end of the filter) that fit onto a 3/8" ratchet extension.
  19. outsidein

    outsidein Been here awhile

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    Interesting... did you have to punch out the Yamaha bushings and machine the shock to accept the different diameter Kawasaki bushings? I had to do this with another shock swap and it was a nightmare. Also what about the differences in suspension travel and shock length between the R1 and the Versys? Is this a factor? Does it limit suspension travel or change the rear ride height.
  20. mminob

    mminob Been here awhile

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    Yes, the R1 shock eyelets are 10 mm...so drill out to 12 mm...lower is mild steel...easy to do...but the upper eyelet is hardened steel and my local machine shop bored it out...add a few washers to shim the extra space...Bingo...some people have replaced the eyelets with poly bushings and made it work too...the stock R1 spring is too soft for most ...but I like the plush ride for solo trail riding...all the information you will need is on the Kawasaki Versys Forum...I have the preload set on no.6 to run 50 mm rider sag...and backed off the compression to almost full soft...and rebound to where the setting just controls any wallowing on pavement...Brilliant idea and cheap too...:wink:

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