Versys owners checkin

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

  1. JetWrench

    JetWrench jetwrench

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    The OEM socket is a plug and play installation. Easy to install.
  2. svenski

    svenski Eternally Grateful

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    I apologize if you've already answered this question but what front fender is that you're using? Thanks
  3. G.Smiley

    G.Smiley Adventurer

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    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.
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  4. BackRoadNomad

    BackRoadNomad Wandering around

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    The O.E.M. tires had 6238 miles on them; they had wore evenly and may have had another 1500-2000 miles of service. I'm riding more gravel and unmaintained county roads this year and needed to mount some tires that would offer more traction on those surfaces. I chose Pirelli Scorpion Trails and went out for a "scuff in" ride.

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    The rear tire is a size wider than stock.

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    Matching front tire.

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    I've thoroughly enjoyed my 2008 Versys since I bought it in 2009.

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    I believe I've solved my 3000rpm vibration buzz by inserting some 3/32 red silicone gas tubing (from an R/C Hobby Shop) and diligently worked it in between the gauges and the surrounding housing. It took two tries, 30 minutes total and two bloody knuckles.
    I also have been experimenting with different GPS locations so I don't have to look down or to the left/right, taking my eyes from the road. I saw this option on another Versys forum and modded a quick and temporary fix. This is where it'll remain although with a shorter mounting arm.

    I love this forum and am in debt for all the help and inspiration I have received from it. My sincere thanks to all of you.
  5. BackRoadNomad

    BackRoadNomad Wandering around

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    may have noticed the swingarm spool is missing from the left side swingarm. I took a lo-speed laydown on a 30° wet grassy slope up in KY on a previous KY Icebreaker two-day ride. The spool was the only damage as it broke the support mount weld. I've since fixed it.

    Moral of the story...don't take your eyes off the road while figeting with your GPS. It was mounted to the left side of my handlebar.
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  6. billybumbler

    billybumbler Adventurer

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    What kind of tail box is that, and have you had any opinions on how your passenger likes it? Is it sturdy enough for the person in the back to really lean up against without fear of it snapping off?
  7. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    I finally heard my Versys run. It was delivered back in December, but today it warmed up enough for me to head out the garage, give it a once-over, and start it up. Now I'm even more excited to take it for a ride, but I'll be riding the KLR until the salt and sand are off the roads, methinks...
  8. Davy F

    Davy F Pro Goolie Fiddler

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    I fitted the current ER6n bellypan (or exhaust cover, as Kawasaki call it) and also had to buy the mounting brackets (which fit onto the sump) to replace the Versys ones. An easy job in all, but I did need to dremel a small piece out of the upper left side to allow the gearchange to be fitted and operate properly.
  9. Davy F

    Davy F Pro Goolie Fiddler

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    Latest farkles fitted. A set of DRL's mounted to the rad cover (it seems sturdy enough) to aid visability on the road.

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    And a new MRA screen (non Vario) which, at last after two other attempts, works for me.

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    And with all the money I've spent on the Versys over the winter, I've just seen my next bike, the new Triumph Tiger 1050 Sport. Doh !!!

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    But I may just wait and get this summer over riding the versys.
  10. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    Very nice!

    What handguards are those?
  11. MaverickAus

    MaverickAus Been here awhile

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    Sorry been a while since I was here If you mean the hand guards they are BarkBusters with the Storm plastics. The kit includes the handlebar weights http://www.barkbusters.net/products/211.html

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  12. a2ronm

    a2ronm Been here awhile

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    Not as shiny as it used to be, but still going strong!

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  13. rjmorel

    rjmorel Dual Sporticus

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    Wow. Have you had to do much as far as getting into the motor? I'm guessing that with good maintainance it will go 2-3X that easy. What all have you replaced besides tires, oil and filters? rj
  14. MingRidesBikes

    MingRidesBikes Been here awhile

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    Got a tall windsceen for the 1st gen versys if anyone is interested. Sold the bike so no longer need it. It was great! $50 shipped in the US.

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    update: this is SOLD as of 4/29/13
  15. a2ronm

    a2ronm Been here awhile

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    So far, the only work I've had to do "in" the cases has been stator R&R when the stator failed at 50k.
  16. rlbowers03

    rlbowers03 Been here awhile

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    WOW!!! :clap I am so jealous! Your bike looks great :D !!! Lot's better than mine. I am at 72,599 and it looks like it was drug behind a truck for at least half of those miles. Sprockets once, chain twice, tires-lots-, same for oil and filters, but nothing else. Same clutch, same stator, same, same , same...

    I do have an R-1 shock with new spring but it's just sitting on my work bench.


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  17. Nick Minneeesotin

    Nick Minneeesotin Kawi Rider

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    Heres mine getting broken in! almost 300miles on her now!
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  18. jamboa

    jamboa jamboa

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    When is the Triumph Tiger Sport coming to USA?
  19. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    Took my 2012 for its first ride yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed myself - it's a very peppy machine, lots of power and very nimble!

    Need to dial in the suspension, though - pretty stiff compared to the KLR!
  20. colodak

    colodak Been here awhile

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    2,900 miles, just did the 3,000 mile oil change. figured since I was changing oil on the cars, might as well do the bike as well. If mother nature will cooperate, I might get to start riding it on a regular basis.