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Old 12-24-2012, 04:18 PM
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So I just got my Versys a couple days ago and was wondering about a couple things.
1. What is this thing on the side of the engine? I've looked at other pictures and haven't seen this before.


2. Is there supposed to be something screwed here? This is on the right side of the swingarm near the shock mounting point. I could see a threaded hole that is not being used, but the missing paint there, as if there WAS something there, makes me wonder.

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Old 12-24-2012, 05:32 PM
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I think the box is part of the CARB anti smog stuff. I would say you have a CAL bike.

I don't know what bolts into that hole. I have the same tapped hole in my swingarm and nothing was there when I bought the bike from the deal new. BUT if you buy a rear hugger most will bolt down there from what I've seen.
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:16 PM
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I think the box is part of the CARB anti smog stuff. I would say you have a CAL bike.

I don't know what bolts into that hole. I have the same tapped hole in my swingarm and nothing was there when I bought the bike from the deal new. BUT if you buy a rear hugger most will bolt down there from what I've seen.


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Old 12-24-2012, 07:13 PM
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1. What is this thing on the side of the engine? I've looked at other pictures and haven't seen this before.


2. Is there supposed to be something screwed here? This is on the right side of the swingarm near the shock mounting point. I could see a threaded hole that is not being used, but the missing paint there, as if there WAS something there, makes me wonder.

1. Emissions canister for California edition bike.
2. Tapped hole for ABS use (which is not used in the USA). Speedy uses this hole for the lowering kit he offers!
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:23 PM
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Take that bike back immediately. People are going to accuse you of being from California.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:53 PM
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2. Tapped hole for ABS use (which is not used in the USA). Speedy uses this hole for the lowering kit he offers!
Yeah I bought a hugger and I can't fit it cause I have Speedy's lowering kit.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:20 PM
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Take that bike back immediately. People are going to accuse you of being from California.
I know, right? Is there any other disadvantage/advantage to the bike being "Californian"? Lower horse power? Lower MPG? I looked at the owner's manual and they had some diagrams of the California emissions stuff but nothing that looked like this, which is why I asked. The odd thing is, is that this bike is brand new and was at the dealer at least 4 months ago.

Still a little curious about the missing paint on the swingarm. Was the bike previously equipped with ABS (and it got pulled when the bike was slated to go to the US)? Was there some kind of "shipping device" there?
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You're in Oregon, and you got a Californian Versys with a European swingarm?
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You're in Oregon, and you got a Californian Versys with a European swingarm?
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You're in Oregon, and you got a Californian Versys with a European swingarm?
Haha, seems about right for a Japanese bike built in Thailand, doesn't it?
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Is there any other disadvantage/advantage to the bike being "Californian"? Lower horse power? Lower MPG? I looked at the owner's manual and they had some diagrams of the California emissions stuff but nothing that looked like this, which is why I asked. The odd thing is, is that this bike is brand new and was at the dealer at least 4 months ago.
My 2010 bought in Virginia is a California edition as well. I understand it is an evap canister. Basically any fumes that come from a parked bike get captured in the filter. Honestly, I never get the gas smell in my garage so I think it may be a benefit! No loss in power.
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:57 AM
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My 2010 bought in Virginia is a California edition as well. I understand it is an evap canister. Basically any fumes that come from a parked bike get captured in the filter. Honestly, I never get the gas smell in my garage so I think it may be a benefit! No loss in power.
Cool, I've had a couple cars with California emissions equipment, they always seem to have about 10-15 less HP and get a little worse MPG than a comparable 49 state model.
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I know, right? Is there any other disadvantage/advantage to the bike being "Californian"?
Can't say much about the performance but being a CA bike is probably a good thing when it comes time to sell it. Opens up your market some since there would be no issues taking it south.
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Since you live one state over, having the Cali model is probably a good thing since you will be able to resell to someone living there in the future.

Get yourself a nice black hugger and then you won't have to concern yourself with the swingarm's lack of paint in that location.
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Haha, seems about right for a Japanese bike built in Thailand, doesn't it?
Isn't the 11th character of your serial number an 'A'?

A = Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Akashi, Japan

D = Kawasaki Motors Enterprise Co. Ltd., Thailand
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Mine was assembled in Thailand. If you get it too hot this strange smelling smoke comes out of it.
What's your 11th VIN character?
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Isn't the 11th character of your serial number an 'A'?

A = Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Akashi, Japan

D = Kawasaki Motors Enterprise Co. Ltd., Thailand
It's a "D", so some Vs are made in Japan? Part of the VIN tag (part that I can read, without pulling some body work says "Kawasaki Heavy Industries" can't see anything that says "Kawasaki Motors Enterprise Co. Ltd".
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The original ones like my 2007 are made In Japan (11th VIN character is an 'A').

I think late model ones are made in Thailand. I'm not sure from which year.

The 1st VIN character 'J' denotes where manufacturer is based (Japan)... "Kawasaki Heavy Industries" (in Japan) is the manufacturer's name stated on your sticker.

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Can't say much about the performance but being a CA bike is probably a good thing when it comes time to sell it. Opens up your market some since there would be no issues taking it south.

Had zero problems getting my 09 49 state model registered in Cali. You need to have 7500 miles on the bike,Then they want to see the frame & engine number plates.You can look on page 2 of the owners manuals for locations.Then you have to show them the Vehicle Emission Control Information Label.You can find that location on page 20 of the owners manual #7. I brought mine in to Cali with a Yoshi already on it they didn't care.
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What's your 11th VIN character?


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