Versys owners checkin

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

  1. Freerydejunky

    Freerydejunky Hooligan

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    When is very very light weight...

    Rode the V into the shop today to get the valves done, and racetech .80 springs installed. Put all my tools in storage (headed to Colorado for 2 months) and then a fork seal blows... Well, might as well get new springs dropped in while the seals get done. I couldn't store the bike for that long with it leaking! The stock suspension is far too still, it sucks being skinny hahaha.

    I think the bike sits now at 38k currently, and will be doing a few long rides this spring and summer!
  2. Freerydejunky

    Freerydejunky Hooligan

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    Edit: Not getting the springs done... wtf was I thinking the stock springs are .78 I don't need to go stiffer!

    But I did a ton of research last night, and I just won a Roadstar spring (about 13kg/mm) on ebay for 20 bucks. Gonna pop off the R1 spring and swap it over. Should be much better than the 9kg/mm spring that comes stock

    And!

    Just picked up a Scorpion Exhaust. Now I can get rid of this horrible Jardine pipe......
  3. the_doc

    the_doc Street Convert

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  4. Freerydejunky

    Freerydejunky Hooligan

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    These are more than a few people that have a similar set up.
    But as far as a build thread goes, I doubt SW Motech made one. But all of those are just bolt on parts!

    If you have the $$$ go for it... I'll just keep the Versys as is. A fire road slaying wonder pig.
  5. twistedthrottle

    twistedthrottle Been here awhile

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    I know they still have and ride that bike. They really love it. I'm sure if you had any questions they would be happy to answer them. Send them a message: http://new.adventuremotorcycle.com/contact/contact

    Kevin
  6. Soldier311

    Soldier311 Long timer

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    Beautiful picture and composition right there!
  7. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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  8. the_doc

    the_doc Street Convert

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    Thanks for the replies guys. I like that the JD built thread specifically pokes fun at the project bike I mentioned around post 890. lol

    Moved from out to country and sold me Zx bike, so I'm always tossing around possibility's for a light duty DS
  9. Bart1

    Bart1 Adventurer

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    I have one, but did not do it myself.

    [​IMG]

    A guy here in the UK wanted to sell last summer it so I grabbed it with both hands. I havn't used it much yet due to other commitments.
    At the moment I also have a standard V (shortly to be sold) and the AdvV dwarfs it, but am currently planning a trip to Europe in the spring
  10. chach_86

    chach_86 Adventurer

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    I believe my V will be known from here on out as the Wonder Pig.:rofl
  11. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

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    That is a kick-ass, 650 twin ADV bike
  12. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    There is one for sale here.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=937171
  13. Mr.Black999

    Mr.Black999 Been here awhile

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    Any details on the parts used?
  14. the_doc

    the_doc Street Convert

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    +1 That is a great lookin' ride

    That trip thru Europe should be a blast on that bike
  15. Bart1

    Bart1 Adventurer

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    Cheers for the comments guys, it looks even better in the flesh.

    When this came up for sale I already had a V which I had done a few mods to like the 19" front wheel, R1 shock and extended fork travel, this taken in Morocco in 2012.

    [​IMG]

    but this one was too good a opportunity to miss, the spec sheet as I bought it was

    MRA Vario screen
    Sargent low seat
    Two Brothers Racing alloy slip on exhaust can (with lambda sensor boss welded on)
    Hepco & Becker Lock It side racks
    Caribou Cases 35L panniers (Pelican 1550s)
    SW Motech Crash Bars
    SW Motech wider footpegs on lower setting
    R&G fork crash spools
    Pyramid Fenda Extenda
    RomaTech rad guard
    Renthal handlebars (similar rise and sweep to stock)
    Motorwerk (Speedy's) anti vibe handlebar riser
    Barkbuster Storm hand guards
    Kawasaki Z1000 mirrors (genuine)
    Motowerk (Speedy's) Garmin Zumo 660 sat nav mount
    Garmin Zumo 660 sat nav
    Symtec Heat Demon heated grips
    Gerbing permanent dual channel heated clothing controller
    12v BMW/Hella power outlet on dash (ciggy lighter adapter stored under seat)
    Bags Connection electric tank ring
    Bags Connection "City" electrified tank bag with optional map holder
    Kawasaki Versys clear tank protector
    Motorwerk (Speedy's) wider side stand foot
    Dash mounted digital voltage gauge
    Palmer Products rear fender flap
    HID 6,000k dipped beam conversion
    HID 4,300k main beam conversion
    White LED front sidelights
    Fuzeblock aux fuse box under seat (all accessories wired through it)
    Dash mounted LED temperature display with 0-120degC probe (engine oil temp)
    SW Motech skid plate
    Rear aluminium rack for Caribou Cases 34L top box
    Elka stage 5 custom extended rear shock for more rear travel, valved for adventure riding
    Traxxion Dynamics AK20 front fork cartridge for more fork travel, valved for adventure riding
    Neoprene fork seal savers
    19" wire spoked front and 17" wire spoked rear wheels on Excel rims and Radd billet hubs
    Michelin Anakee 2 tyres (less than 1,000 miles on them)
    Front fender raised (allows full fork compression and easily removed if I ever go through really nasty clay)
    Side stand extended
    Chain guide fitted to swing arm
    HEL extended braided brake lines, front and rear
    Scottoiler with touring reservoir behind the rear number plate
    Stebel horn (not yet fitted, in box)
    Twin tool tubes mounted behind panniers

    Also stock wheels and exhaust and loads of other bits and bobs.

    So far I have refitted the stock exhaust as the 2B was just tooooo much for me, but this ment fitting a new longer chain so that it cleared the bigger rear wheel.

    The weather has been "a little damp" here of late so have still got to test the new chain/exhaust etc.
  16. flying_hun

    flying_hun Moral Hazard

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    Agreed on all counts! Where are you headed in Europe?
  17. Bart1

    Bart1 Adventurer

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    Well not sure yet but probabily the Balkans, may just do a loop around there or at the bottom turn west and get a ferry to Italy and then back up to the Alps or turn East through Turkey and round the Black Sea, but this would means visas etc
  18. chach_86

    chach_86 Adventurer

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    I have a question for you Versys winter riders... I've been enjoying my first "winter" (the winters in the PNW are laughable compared to those you guys up north or back on the east coat see) riding on the Versys, but even with heated grips I have a problem with my fingers getting cold after about a half hour when the temp drops into the 40's or lower. I don't really want to shell out the money for different gloves, as I just bought new ones this year and they work well except for the bit of wind that gets in on the fingers. So I guess my question is which is the better investment- heated glove liners or a set of hand guards? I'm not too keen on the wires from glove liners and the fact I already have heated grips, but I'm not sure if blocking the wind with hand guards will be enough. Any thoughts from others would be great. Thanks! Chad
  19. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    Hand guards. Love em. Had guards are also my answer to finding waterproof gloves.

    David
  20. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile

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    Yup. Handguards make a big difference.

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