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My Versys, Mods and Media | Zombie Apocalypse 2.0

So long story short I upgraded from the Zombie Apocalypse bike (KLR650) to an 08 V and quickly realized I wanted the second gen not the first so I decided to buy a used 2011 w/3500 miles on it and multiple bolt ons. I still have the 08 and I'll be selling it in the near future. This thread is a place for me to keep track of The Zombie Apocalypse 2.0 bike mod progress and to possibly help others make decisions on which model/mods they should get. I don't plan on doing anything too far out of the ordinary with my V but I'm in the process of making it mine.
I plan to ride mostly street, some off-road and eventually some track days. I have a fair amount experience in all three.
Im a videographer and photographer so I'll probably be posting some decent content in here eventually.
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Nice, I dig the burgundy and the red! I'm looking forward to reading about your farkles
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So this is the bike mostly how I purchased it minus the saddle bags, brackets. I also removed the rear fender assembly and belly plastics for reasons I'll get into later.
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Nice, I dig the burgundy and the red! I'm looking forward to reading about your farkles
Haha thanks man, I wanted the all black 2012 really bad but I couldn't turn down this deal. I do like the color too though.

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suspension and ergonomics

This bike came with an interesting set up in regard to suspension and ergonomics, the forks were lowered about 2 inches, a MotoWerk lowering kit was added, a Rox Speed FX handlebar rider was added and a custom seat from seatconcepts.com
I haven't figured out what I'm going to do with this set up yet because the bike rides and handles just fine. My concerns are that I may bottom out going over rocks or debris while riding off road. I don't plan to do hard-core off-roading but I do end up in some wacky places sometimes. Other than that I'm clueless as to how this set up will feel while doing a track day which I plan to do.
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Kawasaki Versys MotoWerk lowering kit

Quick thoughts on the Kawasaki Versys MotoWerk lowering kit...
The build quality is really nice and at a first glance it looks stock. One downfall I can see is if you want to go with the murdered out (all black) look than this thing would stick out like a sore thumb.
It lowers the rear end 1.85" and runs about $130

Quick thoughts on the Kawasaki Versys Rox Speed FX handlebar risers. They do have black or aluminum so that's good if you're going for the black look.
It is a comfortable riding position. The build quality very nice and made in the USA. They give a 2 inch rise and you can use your stock cables. Not sure if I'm going to keep them on or get rid of them.

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Kawasaki Versys fender eliminator mod

Kawasaki Versys fender eliminator mod-So one of the first mods I did was get rid of the rear fender and used the stock parts to create a temporary bootleg undertail kit. The only thing I used that didn't come with the stock parts was longer bolts to reach the original hardware. I may have been able to make it more clean but I wanted to keep the plate light and I didn't want to drill since it's temp. The plate is very well lit I didn't intend to do this, it just happened. I only intended to change out the tail light but one thing led to another... it'll work for now. One thing I must note is that I purchased an integrated brake light/blinker kit so no need for the stock blinkers.
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Motodynamic Integrated Sequential LED Tail Lights

Motodynamic Integrated Sequential LED Tail Lights Kawasaki Versys, Kawasaki Z1000 and Ninja 1000

One of the first parts that caught my eye was this tail light.
So far I really like this kit, the installation was really easy and came with simple directions. It gives the Versys rear end a nice look. I picked this up on ebay for $84 I think it looks pretty badass when the hazards are on and I really like the 3 blinks from the brake light when pulled. It's also programable which is nice

Quick heads up... you do need to uninstall the grab bars and a black cowl near the tail light to comfortably get to the bolts to uninstall and install. Other than that this kit installs quick and easy. Test the blinkers before you finish the set up. I also included some quick info about making a quick and dirty plate bracket. It's not pretty but it will work for a bit.

Here's a quick video with some added blabbing about the bootleg plate bracket.
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Mastech headlight guard

Next mod I did was the headlight guard from Mastech. Purchased it from http://www.accessoryinternational.co...s4dBoCgQbw_wcB

The build quality is nice and it's not plastic like some others I've seen. The price very competitiveness with other rock gaurd/skid plates. I like the rugged look of the guard. Unfortunately the brackets didn't all fit well but it's a minor setback. I have the beak coming soon and I'll have to figure a permanent solution.
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Kawasaki Versys Mastech Dou-Tone skid plate

I decided to take off the stock belly plastics and replace them with a Mastech Dou-Tone skid plate. So far so good. It feels solid and well put together.
Installation wasn't too bad. I have longer bolts so I was able to keep my frame sliders on the bike which was good.
The price was great compared to others out there on the web and I'm happy I got it. I'm confident I could whack some pretty good size debris without any problems.
Paid around $146 from http://www.accessoryinternational.co...bi-hoCU2rw_wcB
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Kawasaki Versys Tires

Kawasaki Versys Tires
Last bike was a KLR with knobbies and after hours of research I decided to follow the lead of some of the ADV fellas like AlaskanJeff. Here is how I made my choices..
Continental TKC 80 120/70x17 Front - aside from it looking badass its gotten great reviews and feedback. Seems to be a very tried and proven tire.

Mitas E-07 150/70x17 Rear -
Same deal as the front but more forgiving on pavement.

I chose these more aggressive tires because even though I only do light off-road riding about 20% of the time I ride, I want to have great traction and confidence in my rubber because 20% could turn into 40%. I'm willing to sacrifice the money spent on wearing down the more off-road aggressive tire sooner instead of going with more of a street oriented supermoto tire that would last me longer.

Normally I like to match my tires but after doing the research and asking questions I realized that the TKC80 would wear too fast and I ride pretty aggressive on the street with lots of hard downshifting, acceleration and wheelies so I wanted a something that would take more road abuse.

Other than that I love the look. IMO it screams badass Zombie Apocalypse bike. I don't like to be limited so now I'm a bit less limited as to where I can go and I tend to end up in places I shouldn't be from time to time. Videos to come.
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I would add SW Mototech engine guards to protect the bike in a tip over. They will do a lot more for protection than the belly pan.
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Nice work so far! Good reviews on the parts too.


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Thanks, yea that's something I haven't delve into yet but it's in the plans. The frame sliders aren't enough for me. I also want to be able to use the cage for highway legs as well and I don't want to do the drilling myself if I can help it so I'm looking for something that works for both.
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Nice work so far! Good reviews on the parts too.
Hey thanks man! More to come as time passes and I have more input
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Are you gonna change the Gen 2 to "REAL" red...?



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I decided to take off the stock belly plastics and replace them with a Mastech Dou-Tone skid plate....
From your pics I have to say that your "Mastech Dou-Tone skid plate" looks identical to the SW-Motech ones, but at a 'softer' price point....

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Wheel decorations - Tire pen

Wheel decorations. Used my silver tire pen to fill in the blanks. I've always like this look on all tire. Cheap easy mod. It'd look much better if I had two Mitas tires but oh well.
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From your pics I have to say that your "Mastech Dou-Tone skid plate" looks identical to the SW-Motech ones, but at a 'softer' price point....
lol no real red for me, I plan to go all black everything eventually.

yea I wouldn't say identical but very similar. I think the Mototech looks more sleak but the Mastech is bigger and covers more metal 1/2 the price is pretty nutty. Good deal, very happy
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Loving this tire set up!

Rolling shot on the V pre beak and side fairings
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Nice. I like that skid plate. Out of curiosity, why did you "know" right away you wanted a Gen2 bike? Aesthetics?

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