The Big Versys 1000 Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Nice Goat, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. scott26

    scott26 Adventurer

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    Anyone have their stock rear fender/license plate mount they want to get rid of?
  2. Chucksklrst

    Chucksklrst Been here awhile

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    Anyone here installed the Kaw Factory heated grips. Are they really worth the exorbitant price Kaw is asking for them. Can one connect after market heated grips to the factory connector.

    I just installed the Kaw factory gear indicator and the power outlet on my New 2015 Versys 1KLT. Outrageous price but I bit the bullet, as I really do want to have gear indicator. That got me thinking about heated grips for winter/mountain riding.
  3. vagrant1947

    vagrant1947 Been here awhile

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    All past replies said factory sucked. You sure can use the connector, when u find it! Simpler to buy Oxford and go right to battery. They shut off automatically after shutting down the engine and work well.
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  4. gleite311

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    Definitely go with the Oxford grips - you'll save a bundle. I've been very happy with mine, though I've got them wired to a fuse block rather than direct to battery.
  5. ncroadtoad

    ncroadtoad No Use to Society

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    I recommend the Oxford grips also, they work great and the install is simple. I connected mine to the Kawi grip connector, spliced it in because I didn't want to look for a connector. But it's not hard to find them. The Oxfords work fine though and shut down like they are supposed to.
  6. SteelB12

    SteelB12 Our Purity of Essence

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    Didn't know about the Vulcan outlet that is the same part but half the price??
  7. alekkas

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    Chuck, just a suggestion I hope helps. As you pass break in miles, I am betting you will find enough engine breaking with the I4. It will simply be a little higher on the tach than most twins. So will the power BTW. Next time out, try adjusting your entry with one lower gear. That may work well for you and give you more immediacy on exit. (heck, maybe two gears will be your preference) I also enjoy spirited riding with more engine and less trail braking. I have my gear for each marked curve and it runs pretty consistently. At that X rpm, I feel I have a lot of control over the bike's braking and acceleration with the right wrist. I 'think' it's in there and you'll find it.

    I know you already have an I4 in the FJR, but imagine this one is different.
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  8. Chucksklrst

    Chucksklrst Been here awhile

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    Thanks all. You have just confirmed what I had been thinking all along. The only reason I asked is because I can get a good military discount on the factory grips heaters, in the month of July, from my local dealer. I have a set of Bike Master grip heaters on my V-Strom (They are similar to the Oxford) and they work better than the Factory grips heaters that my Gen III FJR came with. I figure I will just get a set of Oxford Adventure Premiums for the Big Versys. Not being that familiar with Kawasaki accessories, I thought I asked first. Thanks guys.
  9. Chucksklrst

    Chucksklrst Been here awhile

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    No I did not know. I will probably buy one for my Baby Versys 300X .
  10. Scrivens

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    I use Oxfords on all my bikes and have only had one grip die in 4 sets in 10 years and close to 500,000km. I used what was probably the factory connector for the trigger on the relay which is mounted on the frame under the instruments, then ran some heavier wire to the battery for the power side. One thing to check when you put them in is that the bullet connector female side is tight as there are enough fine vibes to shake them loose over time. The connectors can also get water in them and a turn or two of tape around the wires at each end of the connector is a good idea.