Versys owners checkin

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

  1. RoaringTodd

    RoaringTodd Adventurer

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    I'm thinking the seat concepts with it's FLAT surface instead of the sloped forward will be the key. But wanted to confirm with people who have those seats before I throw money away.
  2. Rotten Ronnie

    Rotten Ronnie Crash

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    I went with a used Corbin seat to get rid of the forward slope, but also had to add bar risers as it shifted me rearward too much to be comfortable with the stock bars on my '09
  3. RoaringTodd

    RoaringTodd Adventurer

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    I'm prepared for that.. The current set up had me on my wrists on the handlebars... which gets old quick.
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  4. mminob

    mminob Been here awhile

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    My seat concepts seat on my 2013 versys is a perfect match for my 5 foot 11 " and 170 lbs...

    I also run the motowerk bar risers and foot peg lowering blocks...

    I got the all carbon fiber cover and had a local upolstery shop do the install...

    Try it out . best bang for your buck :thumb

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  5. mentolio

    mentolio Adventurer

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    Does the seat concepts seat allow the rider to sit further back (rearward) than stock? I feel like if I had a little more room to move further back (and less "slope) it would solve most/all my seat problems. I'm not super tall like Roaring Todd, but have a bad knee that would appreciate just a little less need for "bend" (I have a hard time bending much further than 100 degrees, and time spent at full bend punishes me).
  6. Tripletreat

    Tripletreat Been here awhile

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    That's one of the reasons that lead me to buy a seat make-over by LAAM. He cut back that hump or bump stop to allow me to move further back. The seat is also higher which, in concert with the after market foot pegs, makes for less bending of my old knees. I also addressed the knees issue with the Motowerks highway pegs. Check those out.
    As an aside, there are many motorcycles today that position the rider with his butt up an inclined seat. This is especially true of the sport bikes. Who asked for this? Who finds it comfortable or practical? I never have understood this trend.
  7. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    Interesting discussion on the seats!

    I see Mama Kaw has released the info on 2018 models and white is back as one of the color choices. I really liked the white on the 2015 and this one looks like it is pretty close except for a green spring and some green & black pin striping. I did look at a used 2016 LT in the flat orange color and it just wasn't appealing to me, the 2017 "raw titanium" was a little better, but these new fangled flat finishes just don't seem right, motorcycles should be shiny! Luckily, I'm not lacking for a motorcycle to ride so buying a new 2018 could be a nice fall back if I can't find a clean used 2015. I also liked the Kawi green from 2015 well enough to go with that.
  8. mc8404

    mc8404 VVVVVVVVersys

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    I went for a ride this past weekend for about 2 hours. I could have went further. The seat didn't make itself known, and that's a good thing! Before, it was pinching, starting a small fire, and otherwise just being awful to my backside.
    My $.02 would be to try the slope fix prior to spending the money on a new seat. It can cost you zero if you did it like i did (modified a block of wood) or you can buy the 3-d printed riser.
    Here is a link in detail - http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/23-sale/115985-riser-block-front-seat-lift-mod.html
    If the riser doesn't suit you, then you have wasted no money and about $4.

    The bike colors - I wanted a white one! The 2015 white is super sharp. But, ended up with the 2016 in black.
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  9. mentolio

    mentolio Adventurer

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    I agree on the white! Boy was that a pretty metallic. I bought the green, though I had my doubts at first. In pictures, green looked kinda "meh," but in person it was much brighter and looks terrific.
  10. RideOn2

    RideOn2 Been here awhile

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    I put the Seat Concepts on my 08 3yrs ago it's all I expected
  11. Versysguy

    Versysguy Adventurer

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    I agree
    I put one on my 12 and love it. I never notice it so it must be perfect for me. Why did I wait so long?
  12. RoaringTodd

    RoaringTodd Adventurer

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    I will do the seat riser mod for my long ride next weekend, but I kinda wanted something more factory fitting. Seat Concepts order placed! Thanks everyone. Fingers and bum crossed it works out well for me.
  13. Kiko

    Kiko Long timer

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    I followed a video where I saw a guy who modded a seat to firm it up. I tried it on my Versys and it went well. Pull the skin, remove the foam. Turn the OEM foam upside down and then carefully kefir out a block of the OEM about 1 1/4" depth on the bottom side of the foam, Leave the top and sides of the OEM foam intact. The block you will cut out will be the part you directly sit on so something like 6" wide x 8" long (you need to measure, I donĀ“t remember the dimensions of the block). Then buy yourself a piece of good quality firm foam and cut to fit the piece that you have cut out, L x W x H. Pop it in place. Drop the modified foam back on the saddle and staple the skin. Looks like OEM but with nice firm ride. You can add a bit more for the nose to get rid of the slide. Cost is about $15.00. Not much lost if you mess up.
  14. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Farto Motografist

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    I did the seat rise mod on my 08 quite awhile back and it works well. Keeps you from that feeling of sliding into the tank. I ordered a Seat Concepts "standard" height a couple weeks ago and according to tracking it should arrive this weekend!

    :clap
  15. Sumo64c

    Sumo64c Been here awhile

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    Have a sergeant seat now which I like but the wife hates so lined up with TerrysCustomSeats for a double bucket. About 2 weeks out from production date.
  16. mc8404

    mc8404 VVVVVVVVersys

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    Any guesses?

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  17. Rotten Ronnie

    Rotten Ronnie Crash

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    Ram cup holder? :p
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  18. mentolio

    mentolio Adventurer

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    Centerstand?
  19. Rotten Ronnie

    Rotten Ronnie Crash

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    That makes more sense than mounting a cup holder down there.
  20. mc8404

    mc8404 VVVVVVVVersys

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    Centerstand! Excited.

    Now my excitement just came to a screeching halt. Anyone used the SW Motech centerstand AND the Motowerk peg lowering kit?

    They don't seem to go together very well. The right peg now will not extend fully. Since I don't have a fab shop in my garage....hmmmmm.

    See below.

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