Versys owners checkin

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

  1. AzItLies

    AzItLies Been here awhile

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    Hey all :) another Versys rider checking in...

    I've had a 2011 for about a year now, bought new. Been very very happy with the bike. I know some think of it as an "entry level" bike, but I gotta say it's also for long time bikers too, no doubt.

    In Arizona and have taken a trip to San Diego, up Hwy 1 to San Fran, camping along the way when possible.

    Did great! No issues at all. At about 300 miles changed from the oem 46T in the back to a 44. Made a big diff. Now more like a road bike, but still plenty of torque to handle the change. Have accidentally taken off in 2nd a few times and no issues... the motor can handle the change easily.

    Wanted to show off some plastic that just arrived today:

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    Spent about 500 and now have the 2013 plastic. Will put it on tomorrow.

    Don't hate the Red. It's actually quite nice (and will be available on Ebay soon), it's just that it's not my color. Just have never liked Red personally.

    think I'm gonna really like the white though :)

    Cheers :)
  2. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    That's going to look good on the bike, very stark and stand-out. I like it!
  3. svenski

    svenski Eternally Grateful

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    Is there a general consensus on the accuracy of the Versys' speedo? (as measured by GPS, police radar, CIA drone, etc.) The KLR is off by 5 mph at nearly all speeds except zero. Thanks and Cheers
  4. AzItLies

    AzItLies Been here awhile

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    Hey thanks :)

    Got everything on but the front fender, tape still curing for the fenda extenda.

    I'm really really happy with the look. Kawa actually did pretty much the exact set up in the UK, except the plastic is yellow and the fork tubes are black, think it was a 2010. Our 2012 Yellow has black front plastic and a yellow tank. Our 2013 White has a lot of other parts blacked out, don't think there's any silver on it, even the swing arm is black.

    I'm not trying to make it look just like a 2013 though, just have more contrast than the red.

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  5. AzItLies

    AzItLies Been here awhile

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    Yes the Versys as stock is just like the KLR in that regard. In my case, changing the rear sprocket from a 46 to a 44, the speedo is just about perfect. Any time I check it with the gps it's either exact or within 1 mph.

    another benefit with the 44 is that in 4th gear, the speedo and the rpms match. 40 mph is 4k rpm, 50 mph is 5k rpm, etc. Makes it really easy to determine which gear yer in if u lose track.
  6. p0diabl0

    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    Important to note with this that while the speedo gets corrected with the gearing change, the odometer was spot on prior, and now you've messed with that. So it's going to report more miles than you've actually gone. It's pretty standard with most Japanese bikes - Odo is right on the nose, speedometer is about 5-10% off.
  7. Davy F

    Davy F Pro Goolie Fiddler

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    I like the looks without them. I never carry a pillion and I only have a Givi 33 ltr topbox which is really just used as a helmet safe when I'm off the bike. I have to put them back on for my Givi panniers obviously. Taking them off, it was a simple removal job. They didn't appear to me to be structural other than should you carry a passenger or have the bike set up with the panniers and I've had no problems in over 5000 miles (and I've taken off over umpteen jumps on the road with no ill effects :smile6 ). I've never heard of anyone coming to grief after removing them and until someone comes up with proof positive, I'll leave them off bar when necessary.

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  8. AzItLies

    AzItLies Been here awhile

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    You are correct except in one point, what's showing on the odo is now actually low, not high.

    Changed my sprocket at 300 miles on the bike. Take cur mileage and subtract the 300, multiply by 1.05 (think it's actually like 4.67xxxxxx % diff), then add the 300 back to get exact mileage.

    Also when checking mileage per tank, trip odo X 1.05 gives actual mileage.

    Love the way that Yellow looks Davy, great contrast going on there.

    Cheers
  9. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    I am not really a fan of the beak but I do like the side panels.
  10. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    I'm looking at picking one of those up - I watched an installation guide and it seemed not too difficult to do, but how hard is it to line everything up so it's not all cockeyed?
  11. AzItLies

    AzItLies Been here awhile

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    Oh it's not hard at all, quite easy.

    I used 3m Trim tape to attach it. Autozone seems to always have it.

    use sand paper to rough up the sides, then rubbing alcohol to clean them, then use a hair dryer to heat the sides up a bit.

    I put 4 strips length wise on the fenda extenda first, keeping the red tape on it so it could be pressed hard and sealed to the piece.

    then use a knife to peel off the red tape and heat everything with a hair dryer again. When putting the together, do the very bottom of the fender first, then all the rest will just fit together perfectly. they are made for specific bikes so they'll be a perfect match.

    Cheers
  12. Hoghead

    Hoghead n00b

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    Even though I made it, I am not sold on the beak for several reasons. Myy own bike is now running with just the side filler panels

    The stock Versys anteater nose looks like the designer had a few beers at lunch and when he came back he forgot where he was and sent if off to production
    These side panels fill in that gap and IMHO make it look finished and less like an anteater

    I now think that I will paint the entire bike and do the side panels the body colour
  13. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    Great info, thanks! I've read a bunch of places that say the fender extender is a great idea but was sitting on the fence. I do believe I'll be ordering one this weekend and will get it installed before the riding season starts.
  14. EgyptianRider

    EgyptianRider adventurer & writer

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  15. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    OK, to back up a few posts, whom is making these, or what is the source?

    Or are they "inmate" made?

    I did not follow the story line apparently.
    Even if they are a tad off they would make great molds for a carbon fiber project...
  16. aka Yamadog

    aka Yamadog Adventurer

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    checking in...mine's green:D

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  17. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Like the green! :clap
  18. Hoghead

    Hoghead n00b

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  19. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Took a few pics from my ride yesterday.

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  20. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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