Versys owners checkin

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

  1. Ibraz

    Ibraz Adventurer

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    Ok, let's add the fuel pump maintenance to the spring tune up! I love this thread!

    Had a set of tires installed today.
    Had to ask three times for "factory recommended pressure", the guy at the counter really insisted that it was better to inflate to 40/42psi front and rear. Don't know what to think about that.

    Also been told by the same guy that a dead battery can cause "alternator" failure?

    @Soulbreeze, congrats!
  2. mminob

    mminob Been here awhile

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    Great bike at a great price , nice find .... Your going to love the Versys with a stock muffler ...:thumb

    Just go to Ebay and get one shipped to your door for very little money ... there are always some for sale that have the mounting bolts included ... so only a 30 min swap out...

    Also , looks like you got a modified seat or non stock seat ...? Welcome to the club brother.
  3. mminob

    mminob Been here awhile

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    Seems like the factory recommended 32 psi front and 36 psi rear is a better contact patch foot print ... It really does come down to traction and safety ... and a compliant , smooth ride feel... right ?

    What brand or style tires did you have mounted ? New tires feel strange for a few miles... sometimes it takes a good session or two to get scuffed up a little.. enjoy :thumb
  4. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    The answer to the "what to think about that" question is that you can't always trust the advice people in bike shops give you, even when it seems they'd be the experts on account of working in the industry. OTOH, it applies to a lot of the advice you read here too... :loco


    :lol3


    Gustavo
  5. Ibraz

    Ibraz Adventurer

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    Put T30evos front and back.
    Bike felt good during the 100km break-in ride yesterday.

    Yeah, advice in all shops that I went to is always weird.
    One put 20w50 instead of 10w40, put too much of it and lubed my chain so much that the left side of my tire was coated in oil.
    The other failed to find the faulty radiator cap problem.
    Another one told me that if the suspension isn't bottoming out everything's fine (how about sag? How about rebound speed?).

    I don't have access to a garage (have a friend who has one, but cant go there for more that 2hr at a time) or else I would be doing everything myself since it seems that I can't trust the shops anyway.
  6. Soulbreeze

    Soulbreeze Been here awhile

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    It's the Sargent low seat. I already had it on it's way before I took delivery on the bike. I had all the paperwork done and financing approved last Saturday. Ordered the seat on Sunday; got it on Thursday

    Just took another look at the exhaust and it looks like it actually already has a baffle piece in. Don't know why it sounds so crappy. I think it's the 'louder' baffle though and I ordered the quieter one. We'll see. Probably end up finding a stock one anyway.
  7. Tripletreat

    Tripletreat Been here awhile

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    I like the stock silencer. I'm bettin' my neighbors do too :-)
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  8. Ibraz

    Ibraz Adventurer

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    Ok... This bike is juste trouble after trouble...
    Am I looking at a blown head gasket here?
    I see this when the bike's at idle after a ride:

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  9. Rotten Ronnie

    Rotten Ronnie Crash

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    Flogging the V up New Brunswick Route 630 North of MacAdam NB cause Garmin thought I should need some fun rock bashing on dual track.

    Note to self: farkle the bejeebus out of the front forks and take a click out of the preload next time!

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  10. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave Reaver made me do it...

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    Nope. The oil is foaming a bit. Might be time to change it. If the coolant was mixing with the oil, it would look like a chocolate milkshake.
    Sounds like you are looking for troubles...
  11. Ibraz

    Ibraz Adventurer

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    Thank you.
    The oil is motul motorcycle 5100 10w40 and was put in it with a new filter 800km and 3 weeks before the picture was taken.

    Sorry if I bother you with all my questions and sometimes fear, I'm new to motorcycling and have a lot to learn. Your help has been very helpful and I thank you for that.
    Yeah... I might be a little paranoid and/or perfectionist. Working on bicycles all day for the last 12 years may have made me expect mechanical perfection.
    Or maybe the idea that a bike that was paid close to a year's worth of rent could be dead after a few weeks only gets me emotionnal.
  12. Rotten Ronnie

    Rotten Ronnie Crash

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    I used to be afraid to go on longer trips on an old starter bike, so stayed local for my first season and the start of the next.

    I looked at the odometer to realize that I had ridden it so much that I could have gone from Toronto to Prince Edward Island two and a half times maintenance free beside regular chain lube filter.

    My KLR went 45,000 before it needed a tow home. And my V has yet to let me down, even though the poor thing limps home on occasion due to stretched chain or worn sprockets.

    I run Rotella Dino oil in mine, plain and simple, but regular, so at Walmart I get the big jug and two oil filters before I'm out the door. Other owners have more money and do more research than I do, but I like to think I have more time and adventure on the bike.

    Where are you going in September?
  13. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    ride more, stress less. if you have turned wrenches on bicycles for 12 years, you are qualified to address any routine service items, as well as troubleshoot any other problems. these bikes are rock solid reliable runners. the service manual is available on-line as a pdf, but hard copies are inexpensive and readily available too.

    there are guys on the forum here that know their particular bikes down to the last nut and bolt, same with the Versys. if you have a question, have done the research, and still can't find the answer, then ask.
  14. ZRCycles

    ZRCycles n00b

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    Suspension question.

    I know about the R1 shock upgrade for the rear and plan on getting that done over the winter, but I am torn on what to do with the forks.

    I have messed around with all the adjustments up front and it still loads up on bumps, especially series of bumps. I am debating everything from just lighter fork oil, to gold valve emulators, to fork/front wheel replacement. I can do my own machine work and sometimes just can't leave well enough alone, so a front end replacement might be a "fun" thing to do over the long Wisconsin winter.

    I would be very interested in what people have done to successfully smooth the ride a little.

    Thanks in advance.
  15. Ridin'nFishin

    Ridin'nFishin Been here awhile

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    I did the drz fork swap and it makes a world of difference.

    Just bought a Super Tenere and going to sell my Versys Adventure.

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  16. Ibraz

    Ibraz Adventurer

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    500km ride yesterday, bike rode like a champ!
    Foaming in the oil was reduced by the end of the ride.
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    Oh and the other day:

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  17. RoaringTodd

    RoaringTodd Adventurer

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    Who LOVES the seat concepts seat - and who HATES the seat? Height - Weight etc...?

    I'm 6 feet 240 lbs. Stocker is ok for an hour but I need something I can go all day on.
  18. Tripletreat

    Tripletreat Been here awhile

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    If you can go an hour on the OEM seat, you're a tough son of a gun. The very first mod I made to my bike was to have the seat rebuilt. I couldn't have lived with the bike otherwise. I'm 6'3" and about 215 lbs. The stock ergonomics on the 650LT were just torture for me.
    I wonder who Kawasaki had in mind when they designed that seat that encourages the rider to side down/forward on his tender parts?
    I had a Seat Concepts on an old BMW that was very nice. My Versys now has a custom seat by LAAM in northern California.
  19. mentolio

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    RoaringTodd: that's a great question, one which I will be watching for answers. I would add: WHAT do you like about it? I have gone a couple hours on the stock seat (mine is a 2015), but my wife can't go that long, and I'd like to be a bit more comfortable myself as well.
  20. mc8404

    mc8404 VVVVVVVVersys

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    The stock seat with no modifications will crush your man-parts. For me I realized I was constantly sliding forward and re-positioning. That's when I read about the slope fix - and for me that worked. It's not perfect, but it is bearable. For long rides (4-5 hours up to 10+) I have an air-hawk.

    Just having that seat not sloped any longer makes me forget about it for a while, and enjoy the ride.