Kawasaki Versys Adventure

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by Ted99UK, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. kajj

    kajj Been here awhile

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    How did you mount it to the lower triple on the versys?
  2. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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  3. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello there,
    I can tell you of another solution for mounting a high fender to bikes that haven't been supposed to wear one.
    A friend of mine made a plastic copy of the lower part of the triple tree. He cut the holes and made them to be put back on with bolts (a bit like some lower fork-braces). That brace is thick enough to cut threads into it so you can bolt your high fender underneath it. If there's enough space between triple tree and front-wheel on your bike, you could make that bracket a bit thicker and bore holes of two diameters into it. The small one for the bolt to pass and and the bigger diameter on top with enough space for the nut to be sunk into it.
    It's a pity, I don't have pics of it ... but I can assure you, that depending on your skills, this might even achieve factory-look!
    Happy constructing, Bambi
  4. trackdayrider

    trackdayrider Adventurer

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    Here's the latest look :)

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  5. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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    You can drop the SM fork guard down a hole to cover the rotor:

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  6. trackdayrider

    trackdayrider Adventurer

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    Cool _ I'll have a loo at that:thumb
  7. bmacneil2008

    bmacneil2008 Been here awhile

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    Very nice bike. I went to 19" front with Woody's Wheels but want to go 18/21 exactly like your setup. I apologize if I am being to 'nosy' but really have a few questions -

    1) Front fender?
    2) Looks like you have the stock rear shock. I was going to add a Penske or similar rear adjustable shock to increase length y 1.5". Did you do anything to rear to compensate for the difference in fork height and rim size?
    3) For the DRZ forks, did you need shims for the triple clamps, I assume the lower clamp would need a ?
    4) Did you use the stock triple clamps?
    5) Did you turn (lathe) the spacers yourself or have shop make?

    Any comments about your build would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Robert M.

    My bike -

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  8. hammerun

    hammerun Secret Eleventh Commandment - never fear.

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    Hi Guys, friend of mine wants to put TKC80 150/70 rear on his Versys 650 '16.
    He has some concerns regarding ABS functionality, as tires slightly vary from stock size 160/60. Will it cause any problems? (rotation speed differs from front stock size)
    Is it common for versys riders to use 150/70? (Sorry, I have AT'16 :hair)
  9. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Is it common for versys riders to use 150/70?

    I can't comment about a TKC in that size, but I have run 3 or more Shinko 705's in that size on a first-gen. with no problems, but I don't have ABS.

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  10. hammerun

    hammerun Secret Eleventh Commandment - never fear.

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    Thanks for info, but this is all about ABS, because sensors read rotation of wheels and monitor if any of wheels is not blocked. However diameter vary less then 3%, I doubt sensors are as precise, but still would like to confirm...
  11. ggg

    ggg Adventurer

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    170/60 is a closer match than 150/70
    roll diam is only .4 of inch greater than 160/60, i have 170/60 it fits
  12. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice MC_Rider

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    Hopefully this naked bike can offer the right platform if Yamaha fails to deli the goods for 2018.

    187kgs. 405lbs for non ABS.
    4.0 gallons
    69hp
    48lbs of Torque

    Time for another home run Kawi!

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  13. roofcrash

    roofcrash SCV

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    where can I buy the spoked rims from? thank you!
  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    marguyo hasn't been around for awhile, but those spoked wheels were based on DRZ400 hubs. the NA spec rear DRZ hub is not cush drive and the DRZ front requires a rotor spacer and a caliper spacer. then there's the rotor itself. you'll need a conventional street bike rotor in 300mm or larger to stop this heavy bike. if you're determined to use DRZ, you could source the Jap spec rear hub which is cush drive. in the end, it's just about money.

    if you want spokes, there are other choices.