Versys owners checkin

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

  1. svenski

    svenski Eternally Grateful

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    Happy to entertain. I suppose I meant "Kawasaki racing, really fast, totally awesome" green. Still looks like a stinkbug to me. Getting closer, but haven't been able pick it up yet. Cheers
  2. reddirtjoe

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  3. svenski

    svenski Eternally Grateful

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    Alrighty then, I'm in. Just brought home a 2009 Green Versys. It was pretty much over as soon as I rode it. I think it may have rewired my brain. Although, I am keeping my KLR for riding off road (and to retain my crackpot status). Thanks to all who post here. The info really helps. Cheers
  4. Bigolechalupa

    Bigolechalupa Been here awhile

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    Whooohoo! Welcome to the club :)
  5. svenski

    svenski Eternally Grateful

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  6. samk

    samk Adventurer

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    Hiya - I am getting back into riding, mostly dirt experience, really looking at Versys and am wondering what you all think of the ABS. Is it worth the $$? My mentor won't buy a bike without ABS and tells me not to, but a lot of the Versys for sale in my area don't have ABS brakes - maybe that's why they're for sale? I want the bike for short solo rides on back country roads, not a hotdogger. What think you?? Thanks for any insight you can give me.
  7. motopreserve

    motopreserve Been here awhile

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    I don't think the older bikes had the ABS option. I may be wrong, but NONE of the used bikes in my area had this option when I was looking. While I would imagine it to be a nice feature, once you learn to get used to it (I've yet to own a bike that has ABS), you can certainly have a ball on these bikes without it!

    Good luck with the search.
  8. Davy F

    Davy F Pro Goolie Fiddler

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    Been busy doing a few wee mods over the past few months. Bought a custom made seat which is more comfortable than the stock one and a third of the price of a Sargent. Also fitted a Leo Vince end can and I've just fitted an ER6n bellypan as I never really liked the stock engine/pipe covers. I like the way the downpipes are more exposed to show off their snakey slinkiness. :D

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  9. Murphy Slaw

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  10. Davy F

    Davy F Pro Goolie Fiddler

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    Things change/mid-life crisis/want to annoy the neighbours etc etc.

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    I actually got it from a German company who sent it to me in Northern Ireland for £100 less than I could have bought it here for. :lol3
  11. jmlmjmjm

    jmlmjmjm Long timer

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    You're gonna be looking a long time........The Versys has NEVER been available with ABS here in the states.
  12. Davy F

    Davy F Pro Goolie Fiddler

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    I like my Versys so much that I got another one........:D

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  13. samk

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    You're gonna be looking a long time........The Versys has NEVER been available with ABS here in the states.
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    Thank you thank you - had not turned up that info in my online research, exactly what I needed to know. If I'm getting a Versys, I'm getting disc brakes. Thanks for taking the time to educate me, John, I appreciate it.

    Samk:clap
  14. Davy F

    Davy F Pro Goolie Fiddler

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    My trusty arm-o-meter says it's just over half the weight of the standard exhaust. As for other pipes weight, no idea. Ultimately, I just really fancied the looks of the LV and the meatier sound is a small bonus.
  15. ColoSean

    ColoSean Yard-sale Expert

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    For anybody that's done the 19" Vstrom front wheel conversion, I have a question.

    Did you alter the front suspension at all? Maybe drop the top triple down a little? Or get a different rear spring? I haven't completed the swap yet, but wondering if the geometry will be off when I do? :ear
  16. Newsshooter

    Newsshooter n00b

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    I bought a green one a few months ago. I'll be getting it ready to ride to Alaska this summer. It's my first street bike in over 10 years. Sold my R6 race bike to get the versys.

    Craig
  17. New2dualsport

    New2dualsport Been here awhile

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    Was thinking of taking a look at these for wifey and I too ride around the back roads of northern Maine. Anyone got one? Pro's, Con's? Will it be comfortable riding 2 I am 5'8 190 and she is 5'2" 120.
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    With a seat change it will be just fine I am 6ft 225 and the wife is 5 ft2 100 lbs and we are fine on mine
  19. New2dualsport

    New2dualsport Been here awhile

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    Nice too hear! I have been without a bike for a couple years now, I was riding an xr 650 on/off more geared toward off road and I could throw that around the tight trails pretty good for a smaller guy, my riding buddies never had to wait up anyway. I got rid of it because the wife would not ride the 4 wheeler which would allow me to ride the XR, and the XR was not designed to ride 2. Fast forward a couple years and I have the itch too ride again because the sled thing just doesn't satisfy my cravings ( not enough snow ). So if I get a bike she can ride on I don't have to feel guilty about leaving her behind. How comfortable are you riding logging roads with the Versys? I don't think I will be trying any single track with it but there are miles and miles of logging roads and ATV trails in northern Maine I would like too explore and I only want one bike. I rode with a guy who had a Vstrom and I liked it but the Versys on the used market is a better deal IMO
  20. Kevin2Wheels

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