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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-13-2013, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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First ride impressions

Got my first ride in today and put on a little over 200 miles, all interior roads up to the hills of North GA. Lots of bikes out even though it was overcast and foggy here and there. I put it through its paces and I'm really pleased with this bike and canít find much to nitpick.

Not as hyper as the Cyclone in that it didn't feel like it was going to grenade at any moment. plenty of torque and power and very easy to ride. The ergonomics are great for me and the previous owner added Speedyís o-ring riser for the bar and I canít compare to stock but vibration was insignificant.
I'll be adding heated grips and hand guards, considering the power bronze hugger or similar.

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I'm not sure about the seat longevity, I think it would be much better without sloping forward, needs to be flatter for me. Iíve had Corbinís in the past and tried Sargent seats as well and didnít like either of them so Iím curious about alternatives but I donít want to lower the seat or alter the shape too much.

This warm spell hit the spot and gave me an opportunity to start looking for the right bit to make it mine. It really is a great bike and Iím glad I finally picked one up!
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The Corbin seat on a Versys is a pure "Turd" I've been through more seats than anyone here. The one on my bike at the moment is a Terry Adcock Flat Seat.Really happy with it Review Of Terry Adcock Seat

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This is working very well for me..
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The Adcock seat kind of reminds me of a police bike seat and I bet it is really comfortable. I had a Harley Davidson FXRT with a touring seat very similar that you could do 600 mile days + easily. I'm not sure I could get past the profile of it however. Or maybe I should get over it! He's close enough that I could ride there.
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The Adcock seat kind of reminds me of a police bike seat and I bet it is really comfortable. I had a Harley Davidson FXRT with a touring seat very similar that you could do 600 mile days + easily. I'm not sure I could get past the profile of it however. Or maybe I should get over it! He's close enough that I could ride there.


He does a regular seat also. I liked the flat so i could slide back on it on long rides.. Terry is a great guy to deal with if you get the chance check him out. He has a Kawi Dealership if i'm not mistaken..

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Give me a shout if you ever get in Atlanta. Always looking for a good excuse to ride for a few hours.......
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Got my first ride in today and put on a little over 200 miles, all interior roads up to the hills of North GA. Lots of bikes out even though it was overcast and foggy here and there. I put it through its paces and I'm really pleased with this bike and canít find much to nitpick.

Not as hyper as the Cyclone in that it didn't feel like it was going to grenade at any moment. plenty of torque and power and very easy to ride. The ergonomics are great for me and the previous owner added Speedyís o-ring riser for the bar and I canít compare to stock but vibration was insignificant.
I'll be adding heated grips and hand guards, considering the power bronze hugger or similar.

Cons:
I'm not sure about the seat longevity, I think it would be much better without sloping forward, needs to be flatter for me. Iíve had Corbinís in the past and tried Sargent seats as well and didnít like either of them so Iím curious about alternatives but I donít want to lower the seat or alter the shape too much.

This warm spell hit the spot and gave me an opportunity to start looking for the right bit to make it mine. It really is a great bike and Iím glad I finally picked one up!

Glad you enjoyed the ride and the bike. On the seat , give it some time and then decide, meanwhile.....
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-14-2013, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. This isn't new for me. The pain is in the sit bones not tailbone. I'm pretty narrow and thin skinned in that area, fors example Jeans hang off. TMI. Anyway, I tried a Corbin and a Sargent on my ZRX and they didn't help at all.

After those two attempts I had Second Look install a carbon look seat skin over the ZRX foam and strangely enough it was an improvement. I don't think they are in business anymore. Regardless anything I do is going to require support for my Ischium. I'm still feeling it.
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If you are over 5'10" look into the Seat Concept, its one of the most affordable professional solutions and its comfortable and looks great. You can find many posts about it in the forums. Most tall people love it.
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Glad you enjoyed the ride and the bike. On the seat , give it some time and then decide, meanwhile.....
Try "SEARCH" for raising the front of the seat. Raised mine (BOTH Vs) about 9/16", so now I don't slide forward.
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My KLR trip to Alaska, YT, NWT and BC in summer 2009
http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=69383

My Versys trip to D2D 2013, and Alaska, June '13
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=33153

My Versys trip to D2D 2015, and Inuvik, June '15
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=83034

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Got my first ride in today and put on a little over 200 miles, all interior roads up to the hills of North GA. Lots of bikes out even though it was overcast and foggy here and there. I put it through its paces and I'm really pleased with this bike and canít find much to nitpick.

Not as hyper as the Cyclone in that it didn't feel like it was going to grenade at any moment. plenty of torque and power and very easy to ride. The ergonomics are great for me and the previous owner added Speedyís o-ring riser for the bar and I canít compare to stock but vibration was insignificant.
I'll be adding heated grips and hand guards, considering the power bronze hugger or similar.

Cons:
I'm not sure about the seat longevity, I think it would be much better without sloping forward, needs to be flatter for me. Iíve had Corbinís in the past and tried Sargent seats as well and didnít like either of them so Iím curious about alternatives but I donít want to lower the seat or alter the shape too much.

This warm spell hit the spot and gave me an opportunity to start looking for the right bit to make it mine. It really is a great bike and Iím glad I finally picked one up!
Try letting of some rear spring preload. Just lowers the back a bit. One notch at a time. I ride mine with no preload front and rear. I weigh 84 kg with gear. The ride quality is excellent with no sliding up the seat.
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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-14-2013, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Worth a try, Why not! I'll give it a go. Thanks all I love this bike and want to resolve this since I have had bikes with great seats. However those bikes were road missiles! I had one just like this one, an 88’ and a 92’ and the ergonomics were the best I ever had.
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I now have 800 miles on a stock seat and I'm still not happy with it. Too much sliding forward. Going to have to do something about it or the bike will eventually be sold. Not sure what yet.
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I just added pics to my post about 3 or 4 before this one.

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My KLR trip to Alaska, YT, NWT and BC in summer 2009
http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=69383

My Versys trip to D2D 2013, and Alaska, June '13
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=33153

My Versys trip to D2D 2015, and Inuvik, June '15
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=83034
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Yo, I have a Corbin on my Vee and love it. Since I ride in the North Ga mountains on weekdays you are welcome to give it a try if you want to meet up. My wife rides with me on occasion and says it's the most comfortable seat she's been on (I've had 11 bikes in the last 10 years), so I guess that says somethin'.....
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I now have 800 miles on a stock seat and I'm still not happy with it. Too much sliding forward. Going to have to do something about it or the bike will eventually be sold. Not sure what yet.
It is easy to modify the stock seat. My first Versys I cut the seat back a bit and added a gel pad . . . I wanted more leg room and to change the slope.

The second Versys has a Baldwin tall seat (2" taller and 2" cut back) which is perfect. Very nice all day seat. Drop me a PM if you want to try it (Lawrenceville, GA).



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Nice bike, Mcmann. Good rides.
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I was finally able to get out and try the Seat Concepts seat after trying a few other tricks and it has improved the ride tremendously. I sent my pan to them and had them install their standard foam density setup. Got it back in about a week and wasn’t able to get out until Saturday. I could tell immediately that it worked and I like everything about it. I don’t have a reach issue to the ground or bar although I can see how it could be. I have the Motowerk anti-vibe handle bar riser before and after so I can’t compare to stock. I put on 150 miles and didn’t squirm like I did before. Thanks for all the hints at resolving the pain. That’s what makes this forum so valuable.
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