Versys owners checkin

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

  1. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,463
    Location:
    Greenville, SC
  2. CaveDave

    CaveDave Underground

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    7,509
    Location:
    Underground
    Let me know what your impressions are after you've put some miles on it. I'm not that fond of the stock seat, especially after a couple of hours. The forward sloping of it tends to put too much pressure on my "gentleman's region".

    That looks like it does a good job of addressing the problem.
  3. Bigolechalupa

    Bigolechalupa Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2011
    Oddometer:
    149
    Location:
    Nova Scotia, CANADA
    Hey Cave Dave, I've had the seat concepts seat for a season now, so I can give you my opinions on it. Waaaay more comfortable to sit on for one! No more nut crunching happening. On the other side of that coin, it does seat you further back, and up, so, I reccomend handlebar risers.
    Also, some complain that it makes you feel like your sitting ON the bike rather than IN the bike, if you know what I mean.
    I got the risers, and now love the seat. Another bonus is that it's a bit higher, so you get some more knee room too :D
    Cheers
    BiGo
  4. jimtoe

    jimtoe Dream'n of a Dream

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Oddometer:
    714
    Location:
    The Peg 2 seasons short summer & long winter
    Hi I have been lurking for a while so best I make myself known.

    I have Blue 09 and love the bike. Seat sucks ( found out the hard way ) on long trips. Did 3500 kilometres in just over a week last summer and have almost recovered now.

    Been looking into the seat concepts but not sure what to order ( foam etc. ),

    I am 5' 11" and about 200 pounds.

    What do you in my height and weight range recommend. Thanks in advance for any constructive advice.
  5. CaveDave

    CaveDave Underground

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    7,509
    Location:
    Underground
    Nice! Thanks BiGo! I'm already looking at the handlebar risers from MotoWerk as a combination riser/vibration reducer, so the new seat would be one more reason to get them.

    More knee room would be a big plus, I'm also looking at the highway pegs from MotoWerk to give an alternative for the knees.

    Thanks again for the info, I see an order to Seat Concepts in my near future!:clap
  6. CaveDave

    CaveDave Underground

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    7,509
    Location:
    Underground
    I'm 5'10" and 200lbs and I'm figuring on going with the standard foam, unless someone chimes in with more info. Their website says their standard foam is good for riders up to 240lbs.

    Has anyone tried a softer or firmer foam?:ear
  7. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,463
    Location:
    Greenville, SC
    I an 6'1" 205 lbs with a 34" inseam.

    I have about 100 miles on the seat so far. Way more comfortable than the stock seat.

    It raises you up a bit and puts you a little farther back but I don't I don't feel the need for any risers.
  8. smolt

    smolt Pike-dodging emigree

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2007
    Oddometer:
    69
    Location:
    cold and wet
    I recently bought crash bars and "skid plate" for my Versys. After some looking and reading I got the SW Motech parts. I didn't find an alternative to the Motech skid plate.
  9. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,944
    Location:
    New Hampshire
    I posted this in the Versys Forum but figured I try here in case someone is interested.

    I'm trading my V in on a Super Tenere this Saturday. I have a Motowerk lowering kit on it with a flatfoot.

    I will sell the lowering kit for $50 and trade you my shortened side stand with flat foot. Or just trade side stands....

    The catch is I need the stock side stand by Friday. I'll ship my stand back to you the same way you ship yours to me....FedEx etc....If your interested PM me ASAP..
  10. Neckrom

    Neckrom What was that!

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2010
    Oddometer:
    116
    Location:
    escaped the USSRNJ to DE
    I love my Baldwin seat. It was worth every penny. Loren was great to work with. They made sure I got what I needed not what I wanted. This is important because I don't know much about seats just about how I plan on using it. This seat really finished off my custom V. Anyone that is looking for a new seat for the V should give Baldwin a real thought.
  11. Bigolechalupa

    Bigolechalupa Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2011
    Oddometer:
    149
    Location:
    Nova Scotia, CANADA
    Hey Neckrom.....could you post up a picture when you get a chance??
  12. jmlmjmjm

    jmlmjmjm Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    Oddometer:
    941
    Location:
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Not neckrom but I also have a Baldwin and really, really like it. Mine is +1 in height which gives me a bit more legroom.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
  13. Neckrom

    Neckrom What was that!

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2010
    Oddometer:
    116
    Location:
    escaped the USSRNJ to DE
    Here are a few shots. Unfortunatly I was in a low light situation so this is the best I could get. The seat is a standard hight Baldwin with the gel insert. I took the stock seat on the TET a few months back and as soon as I got back I put in the order for the Baldwin. I have put in a few rides in on the new seat and I have put in a 8 hour ride. The diffrence is night and day. The stock seat was prety bad on the TET and I was getting to where I could ride less and less each day of the trail. This seat makes a huge diffrence. No nut cruching and it keeps my Azz from catching fire. You know where you can actualy feel the bones in your Azz! :clap

    Full Side view
    [​IMG]

    Top view
    [​IMG]

    Side view close up
    [​IMG]

    Side view close up facing back
    [​IMG]
  14. Bigolechalupa

    Bigolechalupa Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2011
    Oddometer:
    149
    Location:
    Nova Scotia, CANADA
    Thanks for the pics guys! That is a fine looking seat :D I like the looks better than the seat concepts.......
  15. Neckrom

    Neckrom What was that!

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2010
    Oddometer:
    116
    Location:
    escaped the USSRNJ to DE
    Ya and both of ours are just the black on black. He can do color stitching and different materials but the black on black worked best for me as i do some off roading and i didn't want to deal with mud colored stitching. Man the colored stitching looks nice though.

    Sent from my AT100 using Tapatalk 2
  16. sieg

    sieg Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,955
    Location:
    Southern Illinois USA

    Thanks. I like the SW Motech too, they look very "robust". My wife has them on her BMW so I know they are high quality. I wish they would go higher up by the radiator like the Hepco & Becker’s. http://www.motomachines.com/Engine-Guard--Kawasaki-Versys-from-07--09_p_980.html But I don’t think the HB’s are as robust. Do you think the SWM’s will save the Radiator? Anyone with the HB’s want to chime in?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  17. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2007
    Oddometer:
    4,581
    Motechs do save the radiator, engine covers too in most instances. my motos have been down 15-18 times with Motechs, something like that, and always rode away.

    the HB bars have an unfortunate tendency to fold into the radiator on impact, and there are photos around the forums that show this post flop.

    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> [​IMG]


    the crossbrace mount hits the radiator first, part of the same assembly that it supposed to strengthen these bars when mounted. the connecting flat also blocks airflow to the radiator that is already known to collect debris or mud. the Motechs don't require a crossbar, and i don't recommend one be added.

    never have owned the HB bars myself.

    <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} </style> <![endif]-->
  18. Kevinj110

    Kevinj110 पवित्र गाय

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2011
    Oddometer:
    596
    Location:
    Bloomington, Indiana
    Anyone ever notice a strange almost low whistle while riding their Versys in the rain? I was coming home tonight and noticed it. Oh well.
  19. svenski

    svenski Eternally Grateful

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2007
    Oddometer:
    43
    Location:
    Sunriver/ Bend, Oregon
    I'm thinking about making a run at a 2009 Versys with 5800 miles. The guy wants $4400 . Needs tires, has GIVI luggage, looks clean and stock in the pictures. Any thoughts? Cheers
  20. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,710
    Location:
    Southern Illinois
    He said "stinkbug".....

    :rofl