Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Shoreview, Minnesota
1500 mile report on my set-up
I wrote the first posting and described my set-up, contrary to popular opinion, I did not crash "The reports of my death were greatly exaggerated" (Mark Twain).
I put on about 100 miles commuting to work and back, then loaded the Versys on a trailer and hauled it to the Texas / Mexico border. I put on 1400 miles last week in Mexico. I think it was a good test, lots of varied conditions. Rough roads with bumps, potholes and broken pavement, hundreds of topes (speed bumps), curvy roads, max of about 90 mph, and some light gravel. No speed wobbles, no in-stability. It was loaded down with saddlebags and a tank bag packed for a week's travel (plus me at 265 pounds in my birthday suit, plus XXL riding gear and boots).
I am an experienced rider, having ridden for over 40 years and owned about 40 bikes, I own 4 now. I have made similar modifications in the past to my KLR and DRZ.
I appreciate your concerns and did not do this set-up thoughtlessly. My main concern was in bottoming clearance. I don't think I bottomed the forks, but they got a good work-out. Riding in Mexico, we usually use the speed bumps as passing opportunities. The cars and trucks slow down, we gas it and go over the speed bumps at 40 - 50 mph. It's easy to pass 4 or 5 cars and trucks at a time.