Versys owners checkin

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

  1. hunting1

    hunting1 Been here awhile

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    2Xadv, where did you get the hard side bags and brackets? I seem to not be able to find them. Thanks and good pics! Do you have the low gel seat?
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  2. Ramble

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    Great pictures everyone, the Versys looks good with the factory (i.e. Givi) sidecases. I'm spoiled, cruiser riding has gotten me to the point that I don't think I could do without hard, locking bags.

    hunting1, I'm pretty sure Kawasaki has the bags and hardware available on their website under Accessories.

    Now, if I could just get one of you bastids to let me take your bike for spin, I might be able to decide to get one for myself.... :evil
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  3. hunting1

    hunting1 Been here awhile

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    Kawasaki has them listed, but no luck getting them at R&S. If you are in Albuquerque you can take mine for a cruise!
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  4. Ramble

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    Well, Albequerque is only about 1500 miles from Columbus, and the weather is perfect for riding (36, light sleet, mostly cloudy). It looks like Springfield, Missouri woud be a good halfway point to meet, you busy tomorrow??

    :(:
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  5. hunting1

    hunting1 Been here awhile

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    I grew up north of you in Medina, so returning to cold, grey skies of Ohio, naaa! Will meet in Phoenix better. I like Missouri though! In Albuquerque it gets cold, but you can ride almost all year!:jose
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  6. 2xadv

    2xadv Adventurer

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    To answer the source questions for the Kawasaki Tail Rack Compatible side bag racks:

    California Sport Touring, Inc.
    Tel. (510) 741-3700
    Order details were:
    Ordered: 1 kft.08.603.150 SW MOTECH CONTOUR RACK FOR V35 VERSYS 650 $197.98
    Ordered: 1 V35N V35 GIVI CASES FLAT BLACK $466.98
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  7. Ramble

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    Small world, I'm from Medina, too. PM sent.

    For everyone else, we now return you to your regularly scheduled thread....


    :lurk
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  8. kevrider

    kevrider Been here awhile

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    has anyone ADV'd a Versys yet? you know... proper bash plate, longer travel suspension, larger diameter front wheel, maybe spoked rims..... seems like it would be a fairly easy conversion.

    i'm sure it handles gravel roads just fine as delivered, better than my VFR anyway. but it can be better, at the cost of a little pavement prowess. small price i think. i'd pay. :evil
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  9. UmberHand

    UmberHand Highlander

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    Had my Versys for a few months - have a few miles on it. Here is a shot of it on my last trip to Mexico. It was taken near Acambaro, fairly close to Mexico City.


    Don
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  10. Easy-Z

    Easy-Z Me wanna be

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    Yeah, what he said. Any pics out there of a Versys with nobbies?

    :lurk
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  11. guesswork

    guesswork Been here awhile

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    I'm no youngster, yet 2000 miles of frost, fog and rain was not so bad on my new VERSYS. I steped down from heavy cruisers and no disapointment.
    Florida to the smokies and back over three days. Great ride. Smooth and comfortable. i have the lrger wind scren, droped the bars back for an even better "up-right" riding position, and even found a spot to use some forward Cruising pegs just to mix up the ride a little. This is one Versysable ride. Think I'll keep it.

    Did i forget; A Gel seat pad!
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  12. hunting1

    hunting1 Been here awhile

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    What did you use for the forward pegs? Post some pics:thumb
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  13. guesswork

    guesswork Been here awhile

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    Pick pegs off ebay. I beleive they were from 82 SX. Not sure, will work on getting some pic up.
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  14. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Blackfoot Motorsports in Calgary Alta has a new 07 Black Versy on the floor $6700.cdn. Just thought I'd mention thought it was a good price. Oh yea with hard bags too.
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  15. Bycharlie

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    After months threatening <st1:city><st1:place>Kawasaki</st1:place></st1:city> <st1:country-region><st1:place>USA</st1:place></st1:country-region> and my dealer by phone, email etc I finally got the first one on town. It’s not a powerful bike (just enough) but it's a hell of a fun bike to ride...
    Didn't like the suspension right away, too stiff on dirt roads and even on beaten up asphalt but after some easy fine tune it was smooooth - you can ride fairly fast and comfortable anywhere now.
    My 02 1000 Vee was very good overall but heavy on dirt, my short relation with my KLR 650 08 left a good impression, awesome go anywhere bike (really) but too basic, no fun, no speed...
    So I guess Versys is the balance for me. Not too heavy, not too strong but still agile, fun and powerful enough.
    I just bought a pair of heated gloves to complement my winter gear... don't want to miss any ridding time.
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    Plan to make it more dirt oriented… let’s see what the aftermarket guys will bring to the game, so far there are not many things around…
    <o:p> </o:p>
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  16. kevrider

    kevrider Been here awhile

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    i was just looking over the specs for Kawi's 450 dirtbikes. they both have USD forks, diameter not listed. but i think 12" of travel would be too much for a Versys, anyway. :eek1

    not sure what the fork internals are like (damper rod? cartridge?) but it might be easier to just install shorter spacers and longer springs. maybe a longer shock would give more rear travel, but sourcing one might be difficult right now and the seat is high already. could just install a 19" wheel, slide the triples 3cm down the forks to compensate, and call it a day.

    what other issues are there... muffler/ground clearance... bash plate... i hope someone figures all of this out before i have to do it! :evil
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  17. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    yeesssssss.... pervert that bike and make it do tricks :pot

    what size are those forkie tubes? i'd look at stealing from another bike - if an older bike like a XR400 or other Kawa, could get the forks, wheel, caliper probably not a lot of dough.... 21" front, dogbones rear.

    if I ever hear of someone working out the formula on this, I'd be tempted. a poor man's F800GS she is...... if all that done righteously
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  18. guesswork

    guesswork Been here awhile

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    Piano part for my set-up was to remove left and right foreard engine mount (bolts) and replace them with a 7/16 threaded rod all the way thru. This gives a place to hang your Pegs as it extends out. I beefed this by threading those hex connector bolts on each side (Two on left and one on right). These are the type used to connect two continious threaded rods. It gave about 4 inches on the long side and two on the short. Here I hung my used pegs (mine off an old Yamaha SX). they worked very well because the had an offset of about two inches which allowed for a little more leg extention. My larger shield, Gel seat and forward pegs made for dooable 12 hr. treck. Good set-up for more up-right cruiseing position on Highway.

    Further; just hacksaw off the rod once you determine the required length.
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  19. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    No dog bones, Zapp. No linkage for the rear suspension.
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  20. robobiker

    robobiker NewRoundHere

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    I know this isn't a popular view in Europe but the Versys, like the bike it is developed from, the ER6F (or Ninja650 as I think it is known as in the US), is simply not a touring or adventure bike, at least for someone of my frame and height.

    The pegs are too far back and despite the highish bars, the seat throws you forward and I personally got wrist ache unless doing over 60 mph on both bikes. I owned the ER6f for a while and it had a stonkingly good engine, but eventually the total lack of comfort did it for me.

    Almost all biking journalists judge bikes on the basis of a very short ride and rarely imagine the qualities, or lack thereof, that become apparent after weeks or months of ownership. They also tend to go for funky designs rather than solid characteristics. The Versys might be a "fun" bike but if I had to tour, it would be a very wearing and irritating experience.
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