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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by pilot, Oct 17, 2007.
Spring is in the air in the PNW, couldn't resist taking the Versys for an Easter spin to the coast. Besides, I've got gravel running plans for the V this summer and I wanted to test out my freshly mounted Acerbis skid plate.
I only want some flying gravel protection and wanted something inexpensive and easy to work with so figured I'd give the plastic skid plate a whirl.
Don't think direct contact withff the pipes is a good idea so I bolted up a light aluminium heat shield with a nut spacer. Works great, a couple hundred mile trip and things stayed nice and cool to the touch.
Simple U-bolt mount in the rear
A JDRocks inspired front mount, simple and solid
Held up great today, anxious to get out and bounce some more gravel off it!
you're smart to add a gravel guard, and the Acerbis is a good idea, should be light and durable, fine for gravel roads.
your front mount is similar to mine in that they both mount to the Motech guards, but there are important differences.
i found that there can be an interference issue with the tire hitting the gravel guard/cross bar during maximum fork compression in that mount/guard design. i don't think you can duplicate it a static demo without removing the fork springs and so on. i found out the hard way in a little dynamic testing back in 2009 and quickly changed the mount at the first opportunity to that shown in the photo. you need to look at this closely, and make your own determination.
i also found that directly connecting the left and right Motech guards with a straight cross bar can have unexpected consequences, also avoided with the current style mount.
good to have a radiator guard, but even better if mounted with a standoff in front of the core. it's surprising what can hit the radiator, and with a standoff, less chance of damage. keep the radiator core flushed out when riding gravel. if it hadn't been 30 degrees when that photo was taken, the temp warning light would have been on. i power washed the bike right after the photo. Watson Lake, YT, there was a blizzard 25 miles west that day.
What's the part # for that ascerbis guard? Thanks
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Thanks for the suggestions JDrocks, I wondered about clearance issues, and I have bottomed out a couple of times so I'd better change things up.
I really appreciate the pic, I can see what you've done there much better than the other photo i remember from one of your ride threads.
Thanks again for the warning, not something I'd want to discover riding alone out in the boonies!
I picked up one that the dealer had in stock, it's the KTM 450sx pn 2250290001.
There are a bunch of different styles/models available, you might want to have a look and see which suits how you plan on mounting it up.
Just picked up my new 2011and took her for a ride this weekend. 150mi. On her now :)
What the hell is all that white stuff on the ground?
That my friend is my sworn enemy! I'm glad most of it withered away over the weekend!
These homebrew skidplates are what I was looking for. Thanks for the inspiration. Did you guys fabricate or buy the clamps you're using to attach to the crash bars? where can I get some?
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I used some old U-clamps left over from a set of highway footpegs, used scraps of whatever was laying around for all the mounting bits.
Hi all, picked up an '08 Versys with 15K on it last month.
Today was the first day i've actually had time to get out for an aimless ride! Nowhere special, just going wherever the road took me.
Weird blue elephant rock.
Melbourne's ever-expanding suburbia marching into the countryside....
Outside some kind of fruit or grape storage sheds.
Hey Congrats! nice looking bike. Those are the best rides, the aimless ones
Hope yer liking it, Cheers
Was surprised to find out the versys had an oiled foam filter. After having vstroms, with pleated filters, was spoiled. 14k miles and just cleaned and reinstalled the filter. Gas mileage went right back up. What is the point of the foam air filter? Does it flow better than pleated?
I've never seen my air filter so don't know much on that. But a quick search turned up that at least in the UK, this company has a pleated filter for the versys.
this is what it looks like:
El Zilcho, Heads up. check out Radioman's travels. He's headed your way in a few weeks and would be a great guy to share a meal with as he travels around Australia and hear about his travels. His RR is here.
Congrates on your Versys. Great bike, same as mine cept mine is the "slower" red color. I have around 14500 miles on it. How do you like your adjustable wind screen? What kind of hand guards are those? rj
I run a bmc filter in mine http://bluestreakracing.ca/air-oil-filters/kawasaki-air-filters/bmc-air-filters-for-kawasaki.html
The OEM socket is a plug and play installation. Easy to install.
I apologize if you've already answered this question but what front fender is that you're using? Thanks
I just found this, new to this V site. I also like the look of the V headers and hate the look of the lower plastic, but I really like this look. What is involved in fitting the ER-6 plastic, it looks like the top front fastener is located in new position? Thanks.