Versys owners checkin

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

  1. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    Some guys like to remove the passenger peg trellis to clean up the appearance of the bike.
  2. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Doesn't that really hurt the structural integrity of the bike?
  3. motopreserve

    motopreserve Been here awhile

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    I don't think the integrity would be compromised much unless you're loading up the rear seat of the bike. It doesn't seem to offer much structural support. You can see it pretty well if you have put on hard pannier supports which attach to the bike by removing (then replacing) a few of the trelis bolts.
  4. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    wrong.

    the struts are structural, and part of the Versys subframe design, as opposed to the ER6 subframe, which is a slightly different design and self supporting.

    if you put the two bare frames side-by-side, you can see the obvious difference. don't ask why Kawasaki chose to "save" 40cm of tubing and related gussets on the Versys subframe assembly. without the struts, the street bike ER6 frame/subframe is the stronger of the two.
  5. motopreserve

    motopreserve Been here awhile

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    JD, is removing the trellis a dangerous omission to the structural integrity on the Versys?

    I have seen plenty of photos of folks who have removed them (I am sure it's a style thing), and have heard no reports of issues. Not that I'm looking to remove mine - I use the bike 2-up, so not really in jeopardy of an issue myself, just curious is all...

    I'd hate to see these riders discover this issue at speed!
  6. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    the subject has been kicked around since the day the Versys was introduced.

    i can say with certainty that the Versys subframe flexes with a load and the struts in place, so it seems certain that there is flex under variable conditions without the struts.

    dangerous, can't say, but i quit riding my Versys framed moto without the struts.

    i don't carry a passenger, so i cut the rear footrests off and smoothed everything out, improved the aesthetics a little.
  7. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    I am certainly no structural engineer but it seems to me that removing a structure of steel triangles that provide support for a cantilevered section of the back would be a bad thing.:deal
  8. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    Hey, any of you Versys owners install the OEM relay kit and 12V socket? It costs a bit (the relay seems decent but the 12V socket is pretty ridiculous) but from the installation instructions it looks like it's meant to be a direct plug-in to a dedicated socket.

    Anyone have any experience with it?
  9. orv

    orv Busted butt

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    Are you dealing with conventional outlet or the "BMW" style? A 12v relay is about $10 US at a NAPA type store. The conventional "cigarette lighter" outlet is from $5- $10 at any parts store, Walmart or truck stop. Don't laugh; some truck stops have lots of heavy duty accessories and wiring that work well on a bike, versus some of the wimpy ones found at auto stores.

    The BMW type is more expensive, but is available on the internet at less than $20.

    You might pop for an adapter for BMW style from conventional style. They are about $12 bucks and will allow transfer to other bikes, and vehicles.
  10. orv

    orv Busted butt

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    Pranged ol' Red Dog on a front end washout.:huh

    I need a left fork for sure. We hope to be able to rebuild the right one. Run out is fine if straight.

    Interested in a left fork, a set of forks, or an entire front end if the price is right.

    If you have any leads (in the USA) please PM me.

    Thanks for the thoughts:ear
  11. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    I hope you're okay!
  12. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    Yep, I put an inexpensive cigarette lighter style outlet on the KLR (go figure) but was looking at the Kawi brand relay kit and outlet. It all seems to fit together quite nicely on the Versys but I do like the BMW style connector more. The relay kit plugs right into an existing connector and is about $30, the outlet seats in the relay harness and runs $80 or so which strikes me as kind of crazy or perhaps it's made of platinum...
  13. Hoghead

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    A BMW - GS style beak has been kicking around Malaysia for a while so I purchased one only to discover that it is an ill fitting, substandard POS with sub-standard mounting brackets. In the typical Asian business model the Seller refused to refund my money which sent me on a quest to do it right

    Here is the finished product, attached with the same Kawi screws as the side panels. Paint is a rattle can for these pics and does not match but gives you the general idea. It does not look bad in black, although I think I will paint mine red.

    It is a 3 pieces part - the 2 side filler panels and the beak. One can run just the side panels or c/w beak as the style strikes you
    I am going to run my bike like this, less beak.

    Mounting screws are the same Kawi fairing screws

    I made a few extras should anyone fancy one. 2010 models and later as that is all I have to build it off.
    Side faring panels only 115.00 USD
    Side fairings c/w beak 160.00 USD


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  14. MotoSailorDC

    MotoSailorDC Gnarly Adventurer

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    That looks really good - how does it affect the throw of the high beam though?
  15. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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  16. Hoghead

    Hoghead n00b

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    High beam works fine with the beak
  17. billybumbler

    billybumbler Adventurer

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    Hello All. New owner checking in. After not having a street bike for a few years (last one was an LC4 Supermoto) I walked into a shop and rode out on a Versys. I knew almost nothing about the bike and have no idea why I picked it, but after riding it and reading up on it I don't think I could have made a better choice.

    This is intended to be my first adventure bike, so any suggestion on mods/gear/southern california rides would be much appreciated.
  18. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    I'm in a similar situation as you - I've got crash bars and barkbusters on my list so far.
  19. motopreserve

    motopreserve Been here awhile

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    Welcome to the club!

    There are some greatother resources for these bikes - including this thread here (check out some of JDRocks posts - informative AND entertaining). For some good, specific info - check out the Versys Forum.

    The versys forum has some great detailed mods. You will have the new bike customized to your liking in no time.

    Congratulations on the purchase. I don't think you will be disappointed.

  20. DuckWV

    DuckWV Been here awhile

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    I have my 2012 for sale if anyone is interested. I love the bike, but have other priorities right now.

    2012 Versys