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post #21 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-07-2017, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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And yes, checked the chain. No need to adjust. Just over 1" of slack after installing the lowering kit.

Overall, a good investment. I was originally on my tippy toes; now I'm on the balls of my feet. Not as much as I had hoped but still better than what it was before. I feel more comfortable now for my wife to jump up on the back and go riding with me.


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I didn't lower mine -- I got the lower gel seat and some thick-soled boots :-) It's working out pretty well so far!

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I didn't lower mine -- I got the lower gel seat and some thick-soled boots :-) It's working out pretty well so far!
Where did you get the lower gel seat? Did you get it shipped from Europe?

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post #27 of 48 (permalink) Old 05-02-2017, 08:13 PM
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I bought it from some guy on this Forum. Keep your eye on the classifieds. One came up after I bought mine, and it was $50 cheaper!
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Just had the 600 mile service. Interesting that after the lowering link was installed by me the chain was too loose. Install was about the 300 mile mark. I was getting a nasty rattle sound by the front sprocket during decel. All is good now. Dealership adjusted the chain. And as previously posted, I really like this bike!



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And yes, checked the chain. No need to adjust. Just over 1" of slack after installing the lowering kit.

Overall, a good investment. I was originally on my tippy toes; now I'm on the balls of my feet. Not as much as I had hoped but still better than what it was before. I feel more comfortable now for my wife to jump up on the back and go riding with me.


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That is somewhat surprising. When I installed by lowering link a couple of years ago, I had to re-adjust my chain quite a bit.

This makes sense, because the angle of the swing arm was changed to much closer to horizontal. This took up all the slack in the chain, and I had to re-adjust.

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The Versys looks good all squatty with the lowering kit. Is the handling or suspension feel any different?
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Is the handling or suspension feel any different?
Nothing that I noticed. Granted I only had it in stock configuration for 300 miles. I'm still getting used to the bike and how it handles but no complaints since the install of the kit.

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I got caught by surprise when the shock I loosened shot right up and the bike took a nose dive all the way down on the remaining shock. Left me wondering how to fix this mess for a couple minutes. What I ended up doing is use a nylon strap tie down tied to the top bracket joining the shocks and a truss in the ceiling of my garage and then lift the front end of the bike by ratcheting it until the front wheel was hovering above ground a couple inches. Worked out pretty well actually.


Btw, I dropped my front end according to speedy's recommended 1.25" (so total 1.75" showing out of the top bracket) and the ribbed portion of the shock goes all the way to the triple clamp and frankly I cannot tell how much of the ribbed portion is inside the triple clamp. Anyone feel like taking a measuring tape and tell me how much of the front shock on a third gen is ribbed? Would spare me from taking the thing apart just to make sure I don't have the tapered portion of the shock inside the clamp.

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Btw, I dropped my front end according to speedy's recommended 1.25" (so total 1.75" showing out of the top bracket) and the ribbed portion of the shock goes all the way to the triple clamp and frankly I cannot tell how much of the ribbed portion is inside the triple clamp. Anyone feel like taking a measuring tape and tell me how much of the front shock on a third gen is ribbed? Would spare me from taking the thing apart just to make sure I don't have the tapered portion of the shock inside the clamp.
I actually contacted Speedy about this, the fact the lower clamp would be beyond the smooth part in order to obtain the 1.75" drop. He said it would be fine to have it on the ribbed part but that it wasn't an issue if I left mine they way I had them (in my pix above).

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I actually contacted Speedy about this, the fact the lower clamp would be beyond the smooth part in order to obtain the 1.75" drop. He said it would be fine to have it on the ribbed part but that it wasn't an issue if I left mine they way I had them (in my pix above).
Glad to hear that, thanks.
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I should clarify, Speedy said it would be okay to have it partially on the ribbed part. I don't anyone thinking it's okay to drop it so it is completely off the smooth part.

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Just got my '17 versys today and rode it pretty hard for 60 miles. I want to follow motorman's instructions but, I'm skeptical of putting 10w - 40 in the bike.. can anyone give me some reassurance?

Dealership explicitly said not to put car motor oil in the bike.

Thanks in advance

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Just got my '17 versys today and rode it pretty hard for 60 miles. I want to follow motorman's instructions but, I'm skeptical of putting 10w - 40 in the bike.. can anyone give me some reassurance?

Dealership explicitly said not to put car motor oil in the bike.

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Use the oil specs stated in your manual and you'll be just fine. Car oils often have friction modifiers that make our clutches slip.

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Just got my '17 versys today and rode it pretty hard for 60 miles. I want to follow motorman's instructions but, I'm skeptical of putting 10w - 40 in the bike.. can anyone give me some reassurance?

Dealership explicitly said not to put car motor oil in the bike.

Thanks in advance

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Follow 'motoman' - 10w-40 is OK, then at 1K miles go Mobil1 15w-5- CAR OIL (available at Walmart for about $26/ 5 qts, as used by MANY of us!) along w/ filter change.

I've used 15w-50 M1 in THREE Vs, over MORE than 100,000 miles.

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I must be doing something wrong. My twins just clang off the tank with a bell-like ringing sound... I did notice some new tank dents as a result though...
Big belt buckle ???? LOL

And as I flipped into 6th, I could not remember a damn thing she said ....
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Think about a Seat Concepts cover and foam kit... really flattens that sucker out and brings up the front.

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I did some "surfing" on line and the cheapest I could find was $260 US plus $56 US shipping to Canada ....anybody else know of a cheaper dealer / price.

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