Versys owners checkin

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

  1. mc8404

    mc8404 VVVVVVVVersys

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    But it does work nicely. Notice the peg....

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  2. Rotten Ronnie

    Rotten Ronnie Crash

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    Ouch.

    Will a grinder fix it?
  3. mc8404

    mc8404 VVVVVVVVersys

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    I wish. Too much material to grind away. I think I'll just do away with the peg lowering kit. I took that side off....I didn't realize or remember what a difference those things make.

    I'll probably go back with the SW Motech pegs. They give about 1/2 inch over stock plus are wider.

    Anyone interested in a motowerk peg kit? Still have the left one installed.

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  4. mentolio

    mentolio Adventurer

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    "That makes more sense than mounting a cup holder down there. [​IMG]"

    Unless it's to hold your coffee while changing the rear tire...
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  5. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Bummer. I guess you are the first one to install a centerstand with a footpeg lowering kit. So, have you ridden with one peg in the normal position and one lowered? That must feel really strange... :hmmmmm

    I don't think I would have kept the Versys this long if I didn't have Speedy's lowering kit. Hope the alternatives work as well for you.

    Gustavo
  6. mc8404

    mc8404 VVVVVVVVersys

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    BOOM!

    Revzilla came through quickly. I ordered the SW Motech on/ off road pegs.
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    Check out the size difference! And I can say attest they are at least as good as the peg lowering kit for distance, but way better for comfort and versatility. The top comes on / off. Very easy to stand on as well.

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    Best part....no interference with the centerstand.

    Next? Skid plate. It uses some of the same attachment points as the centerstand so should be interesting

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  7. Ibraz

    Ibraz Adventurer

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    Hi,
    Can the chain slack be adjusted on the side stand?
    I don’t have a garage, and the parking spot at my place is as far from being level as it can be.
    The service manual states that chain slack should be checked on the sidestand, but adjusted on a paddock stand and it’s just not possible to use mine at my place due to the slope.

    Edit:I would have to move the bike a few feets to find the spot where the chain is the tightest and mark it?
  8. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Yes it's possible to adjust the chain on the side stand. You also already figured out what the problem is. You want to adjust the chain when you are looking at the tightest spot on it, so it's not too tight in that section. It's trivial to do when you can rotate the rear wheel freely, not as easy on the side stand. Find the tightest spot and adjust it when you can check there.

    Gustavo
  9. Ibraz

    Ibraz Adventurer

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    Thanks Gustavo!

    Our bikes seem to be more than capable in the twisties.
    As the straight line wheelie riders I lost in the tight stuff tonight were able to see before they overtook me at 160+ kmh on one wheel in the middle of a long straight afterwards.

    Chicken strip on the right side is getting narrower :D.

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  10. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    BigChuck on his stock suspended Versys riding the West Virginia gravel...500 miles of gravel roads over several camping trips. when you hear someone say that these bikes can't handle the sometimes rough gravel road conditions, mark it down as BS.

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  11. Wood1

    Wood1 Long timer

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    Just replaced my Mitas e07 after 12,450 miles. Starting to get a little thin for gravel road running.
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  12. purdytj

    purdytj n00b

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    My Versys is my first motorcycle. 2012 with 3800 miles on it. I've owned it a week as of today. I've spent some cash on Touratech already. Touratech USA is local for me so I'm spoiled...

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  13. Soulbreeze

    Soulbreeze Been here awhile

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    Got my first farkle for my 2014 this weekend; some Barkbusterz. Don't seem to fit very well. Not sure if people usually pull the stock internals and/or just get some aftermarket bar end weights. Need to go and fiddle with it some more. When I had them on my 500x they bolted straight on no problem.
  14. BigChuck

    BigChuck Been here awhile

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    Cheap Chinese off of ebay... under $30.
    Fit great.

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    Back strap and hardware came silver... I painted everything black.
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  15. mminob

    mminob Been here awhile

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    Nice choice of bike ... The Versys 650 looks great with the black paint job... H,mmm ... I don't recall seeing a factory all black 2012 ever here in So-Cal...

    Yeah Touratec is a fun place to shop for goodies ,and the Versys is a great bike to bolt on cool stuff on :thumb

    As you know , your Versys is a little bit heavy for a first ever motorcycle... However , with it's nimble handling , she can seem like a much lighter bike ... until you lean it over to the point of no return ... so , practice and be safe brother !

    Did you test ride any other bikes ? Like smaller or larger ?
  16. purdytj

    purdytj n00b

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    I've tested the Versys, KLR, VStrom650, and rented the BMW R1200GS and f800GS. I sat on a Multistrada and SuperTenere. I gave strong consideration to the Tenere, but they are still more money than I wanted to spend as of now. The BMWs were fun but overpriced in my opinion. My Japanese cars have been much more reliable than others I've had, so I'm thinking the Kawasaki will be easy to maintain and reliable.
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  17. rpilottx

    rpilottx Long timer

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    I own an 08 GSA with 75000 miles and a 2011 Versys 650 with 7500 miles. My wife rides an 08 Versys with 40000 miles. My last dealer service on the GSA was $800 while my wife's service on her bike was $250. I have not had to service my Versys yet (15000 mile interval). Now my BMW has been trouble free and I really like it but it costs quite a bit more then the Kawasaki to service.

    Had to replace my GSA's windscreen after my last Alaska trip as it picked up a large hole from thrown gravel. BMW wanted over $750 for screen and bracket. CeeBailey wanted $325 for the same parts. I replaced the stock windscreen on the Versys with a larger model from ZeroGravity for $98. Yes, the Versys is certainly cheaper to operate.

    And a recent Consumer Reports reliability report on motorcycles rated Kawasaki as number 4 in reliability and BMW as number 9. Yamaha was number one by the way.
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  18. Kiko

    Kiko Long timer

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    What is interesting about those Consumer Report polls is that over the years Yamaha oftentimes is ranked #1 as most reliable and fewest warranty issues with BMW at the other end of the spectrum, something like #8 or #9 place. However, CR ranks BMW as #1 with the most satisfied owners usually. I guess the trick is to buy a Beemer and trade it in when the warranty ends. Good marketing plan on the part of BMW. Both good machines, but apples and oranges.
  19. Soulbreeze

    Soulbreeze Been here awhile

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    Remember those Consumer Reports findings are their early attempts at it and wide-ranging. They said a big reason Harley and BMW scored poorly were likely because of them both having a large percentage of touring model bikes. So lot's of little repairs to amenities you won't find on most bikes. Like the electronic do-dads and such. I do find it interesting that beemer owners still score really high on satisfaction considering the additional costs to service.
  20. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    It's really no different than the car issues. Higher end models have more "new" technology that doesn't often work as intended or causes unneeded breakdowns. For some people, that's not an issue, as long as they think they have a cutting edge tech bike/car. But to me, the issue is more the loss of time, hassle of going to have it fixed and loss of use of your bike/car. I'm not willing to put up with that. If I had a bike/car that needed to visit the dealer on a regular basis for any repairs (minor or major) it would have been back at the dealer's floor after a short while.

    Gustavo
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