Versys owners checkin

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

  1. G.Smiley

    G.Smiley Adventurer

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    Careful with those cheap filters> I won't use any Fram filters (google filter comparisons) and recently bought a Quaker State equivalent. I compared it to OEM and will be returning it for a refund. The OEM is a very well made filter and the construction difference is obvious.

    If you want to save some $$ and you change oil frequently, consider re-using the OEM filter. I usually change oil (non-synthetic) at 3000- 5000 km depending on the type of riding I do (lots of short trips vs longer hauls) and I keep the OEM filter for the second change. 44000 km and never uses oil between changes, still running like new.
  2. Velocibiker

    Velocibiker Adventure Antagonist

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    We all have our own opinions - and internet lore isn't always correct. Since I change my oil filter at every oil change, the less expensive the better.
  3. AustinJake

    AustinJake DR650 - Versys

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    Side stand is plenty strong, it can handle the weight.

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  4. AustinJake

    AustinJake DR650 - Versys

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    I use the Bosch 3300

    Recommended filters from CalSci website: http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/FilterXRef.html
    Recommended filters. All have superior filtering.


    About 2.5 inches long.
    Purolator Pure One PL14612, about $6.
    Mobil M1-108, about $12. Made by Champion.
    Bosch 3300, about $6. Made by Champion.
    Wal-Mart SuperTech ST6607 Made by Champion.

    About 3.25 inches long.
    Purolator Pure One PL14610, about $6.
    Mobil 1 M1-110, about $10. Made by Champion.
    Bosch 3323, about $6. Made By Champion.
    WalMart SuperTech ST7317, about $2. Made by Champion.
  5. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    Just dropped the Versys off for its 1000km check. I've been really enjoying how it handles both in town and on the highway.

    Planning to take a trip on it this summer, probably around 8000km if it all works out. :D
  6. rlbowers03

    rlbowers03 Been here awhile

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    I am looking for crash bars for my 08 Versys. (I know, too late. I already crashed it.)

    There are lots of different styles out there. I've only seen two here in the US

    SW-Motech and Hepco Becker
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    I have been drawn to the GIVI ones but they are listed as only fitting the newer model.

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    But if I'm not mistaken (just ignore my wifes laughter :roflin the background)

    The frame is the exact same. Has anyone TRIED to see if it would fit?

    :wink:

    There are also some other types that come up on a search
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    Mastech

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    Heed
  7. Kevin2Wheels

    Kevin2Wheels 08 530 exc-r

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    I have the SW Motech bars on my '08 and they are great. I think they cover more important parts of the bike than the other bars do and the mounting system has proven to be very strong for the few times I've put her down in gravel or mud.
  8. smolt

    smolt Pike-dodging emigree

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    Hi RL, I have the SW Motech crash bars and "skid plate" on my Versys. The SWM parts all fit together nicely and installation was straight-forward and relatively simple, as long as you follow the correct sequence. The crash bars and the skid plate share mounting points. Installing the crash bars alone was dead-simple.

    I just rode through your neighborhood about a week ago, Hwy 55 and 95 from Boise to Moscow. Beautiful ride, nice country and good roads.

    Cheers
  9. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    I like my SW Moto crashbars.. no issues at all and provide a great place for highway pegs!

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    Tail of the Dragon....
  10. rlbowers03

    rlbowers03 Been here awhile

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    I want to thank everyone for the SW-Motech endorsements. :deal

    Does anyone know why the GIVI ones wouldn't fit if the frame is the same? :ear
  11. AustinJake

    AustinJake DR650 - Versys

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    bash3r, that skidplate you are using, is it attached to the ears that come off the oil pan?
  12. urbanXJ

    urbanXJ Long timer

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    37k miles on mine, and 4 track days

    only thing that went wrong is the stator burnt up at about 32k miles.

    You guys should take off those 'bank sensors" aka the spikes under the pegs. You can lean it more in the corners afterword.

    Also, once you drag a peg, they get sharp and will tear your pants.
  13. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    you're welcome.
  14. rlbowers03

    rlbowers03 Been here awhile

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    JD of all people I figure YOU would know...why wouldn't the Givi bars fit an early model if the frame mount points are the same?
  15. kojack

    kojack AMF!

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    Im going with DMV crash bars. Had my wife out for the inaugural ride on the versys the other day. For small people like us, im 5'8" she's 5'4" and we fit the bike fine, had a great ride, she was really comfortable, I was really comfortable.

    tons of power, handled great. the Versys is the perfect bike for me/us.
  16. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    sorry, haven't investigated those bars.

    i use the ones that give you the best chance of riding away from a mishap.
  17. rlbowers03

    rlbowers03 Been here awhile

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    You know the Rules :deal We need PICS!

    Let's see those DMV bars. I look on the website and didn't see any listed for the Versys
  18. bigflax925

    bigflax925 The Biggest

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    and intro pic.

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    My '09 on my way home from work.
  19. jimtoe

    jimtoe Dream'n of a Dream

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  20. rlbowers03

    rlbowers03 Been here awhile

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    Boy, I really like those! :clap Still wishing for lower protection, but these look great.
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