Versys owners checkin

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

  1. Tripletreat

    Tripletreat Been here awhile

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  2. Süsser Tod

    Süsser Tod Long timer

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    I reverse flushed it with carb cleaner and compressed air, but it's basically impossible to get a filter back to like new cleanliness. It's much better since I did that, but I'm preparing for the inevitable, and I'd like to avoid an external in line filter, as to me, that looks like another point of failure. Also ebay pumps do not inspire confidence, they look filthy and I wouldn't trust those filters as much as I do my old cleaned filter.
  3. motoclimb

    motoclimb Adventurer

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    Depends on what you are calling failure.
    The part has already yielded, or as you said "set". So somewhere in that 55cm, something has bent/buckled enough to not return where it came from. It's amazing the axial load that is created by 80ftlbs of torque.
    Also, aluminum can fail in fatigue, due to cycling of load.
    My conservative concern is reduced fatigue life across the yielded section.

    EBay has steel swing arms from ninjas for under $100. It was a popular swap for gen1.
  4. onetravdown

    onetravdown I can't ride where?

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    Cogent Dynamics shock. Worth every penny

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  5. Marylander

    Marylander Been here awhile

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    Nice! Wiped it off for the photo? :)
  6. onetravdown

    onetravdown I can't ride where?

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    LOL, no installed it on a dirty bike. I was to excited to bother washing it beforehand.

    Looks more like this now :)

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  7. Marylander

    Marylander Been here awhile

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    Ah, so I'm not the only one to do things like that. At least I have enough shame to not post pictures of it. :imaposer
  8. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    What are the actual issues/symptoms you are experiencing? I have seen one pump that seems to be working, but it was not pumping enough volume due to overheating. It wasn't a dirty filter that was limiting the flow, it was the pump itself.

    Gustavo
  9. onetravdown

    onetravdown I can't ride where?

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    Not me lol. I don't care....I don't wash my bike all the time anyway. It just gets dirty again. :lol3
  10. Süsser Tod

    Süsser Tod Long timer

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    The bike stalls when braking hard and the fuel level is low; when it was new and after cleaning the filter it will only do it when the fuel level is very low, last line in the gauge when the low fuel warning is about to flash, both my 2010 and 2014 did this. However on my 2014 it got worse, to the point that it would stall if I braked hard on the 3 last lines of the fuel gauge. Confirmed it's the filter as after cleaning it it is back to normal.

    The filter is in vertical orientation so the lowest part of the filter will accumulate the most debris and clog first, but the filter will continue to clog from bottom to the top.
  11. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    if tightened all the way without the spacer, i think the deflection was 12mm at the axle. the aluminum swingarm sidewall is only about 3mm.
  12. Süsser Tod

    Süsser Tod Long timer

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    I'm probably late to the swingarm debte, but without the spacers there would have been contact between the hub and non moving parts. On the left side the sprocket carrier would have made contact with the swingarm and on the right side the wheel and brake disk would have made contact with the brake caliper carrier. I just can't see how the bike would have been rideable in either case.
  13. Tripletreat

    Tripletreat Been here awhile

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    "i think the deflection was 12mm at the axle."
    I don't believe deflection could be 12mm. The missing RH wheel spacer's shoulder is only about 4 mm. Even IF both LH and RH spacers were missing, that's still only 8 mm.
  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    maybe a photo would help, here's a couple sets of Versys rear wheel spacers. 17mm right side/5mm seal, and 18mm left side/10mm seal. seal wear marks show on the spacers, and seals install flush with the hub. spacer projection past the seal is 12mm right, and 8mm left.

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    however, S. Tod knows these bikes and is correct in wondering how the bike was ridden without the wheel locked in place, seems lateral movement would end up with interference issues. count yourself lucky.
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  15. Soulbreeze

    Soulbreeze Been here awhile

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    Joined the club yesterday. Picked up this 2014 with about 2400 miles on it for 5k. One tiny white scratch on the taillight; rest of the bike is still showroom. The lightness surprised me. Thing feels like it weighs quite a bit less than it does. Only negative is it came with a Two Bros exhaust on it and it's obnoxiously loud. Ordered a baffle for it as soon as I got home. If it's still too loud, I'll probably be looking for a trade for a stocker or something.

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  16. Ibraz

    Ibraz Been here awhile

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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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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


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    Gustavo
  20. Ibraz

    Ibraz Been here awhile

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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.