Alright, I think my versys is now sufficiently different enough to warrant a new thread.
I started out with a stock 08 Versys 650 because I liked the performance, handling, ride height, and riding position (at first). I did not however like the look. I wanted something naked, something with attitude.
So I started by getting rid of excess plastic. I bobbed the rear fender, chopped up the front cowling, removed the radiator cowls, removed the belly pan, relocated the coolant tank, relocated the front blinkers, and fabbed up some covers to close off the openings in the chopped tank fairings. It just kept going from there, but I'll let the pictures speak fro themselves.
I love this bike and I want to say I'm done, but I know it would be a lie. Let me know what you think, and if you have any ideas.
And no I'm not going to chop down the seat. My wife loves riding with me too much, and shes definitely the best looking accessory I can think of.
Here's how the project has progressed.
And heres mine avter the attack of the rotozip.
Many hours later it has a new headlight better coolant tank and more.
A little paint goes a long way.
A scuffle with some pavement helped me realize I didnt need that plastic afterall.
Finally got rid of the ugly high rise bars in fovor of some 2.5" stunt rise clip-ons.
New exhaust and frame mounts removed.
Paint and body work finished.
Removed the remnants of the rear fender. Ditched the turn signals. moved the license plate up near the battery box.
danmoto nano gauge installed and clutch/throttle cables replaced
I finally made the flyscreen I've been talking about for quite some time now.
I laid her down, fixed her up and we're back riding again.
And of course there is still more to come.
I get a lot of repeat questions that I keep replying to, so I thought I'd finally put a few of them up on the build thread.
Q: What is that headlight?
Well the headlight is a DIY garage special. the basic components are the projector housing (low beam) and the reflector housing (high beam).
The projector came out of a OEM gsxr 600 headlight assembly. I bought a busted assembly off of ebay and cut away all the broken plastic untill I had the nice aluminum and glass projector assembly. Then I cut off the existing mounts, sealed up the leaky bits, and made a new mounting bracket for it. The projector uses an H9 bulb, so I had to cut the stock headlight harness and solder on a new pigtail.
The reflector is 1/2 of a dual dominator setup. The dominator bucket uses a dual filament H4 bulb. Since I was only using the bulb for the the high beam I only connected the wiring to that filament.
Both housings now have LED running lights built into them, using the power from the amber running lights in the stock assembly.
The whole assembly is mounted up to the forks with a custom aluminum (bent with torch and hammer) bracket and 2" pipe clamps.
Q: How does your coolant setup work?
The coolant overflow tank was replaced with a simple aluminum water bottle. An inlet/outlet tube on the bottom goes to the radiator and an overflow tube vents out the top and down the bike.
Q: What did you do with the handle bars?
I removed the stock bar and riser and added a set of SWATT 2.5" rise stunt clipons. SWATT has since gone out of business, but there are pleanty of manufacturers that can provide you with a good set of riser clipons.
Q: What did you do to the tank to get rid of the mounting points for the fairing?
The body work onm the tank was teh most time consuming part of the transformation. I started my removing the brackets with a spot weld cutter. This left me with big indentations and spot weld bumps where the brackets used to be. I then stripped off all the old paint with aircraft stripper and a lot of elbow grease. Once I had a shiny bare metal tank I began the filler work. I applied metasl fill in thin layers untill the general shape was right. Then I smoothed out the details with body putty. Finally I primed the entire tank with sandable filler primer. Sanded down any slight imperfections and primed it again. One more round of sanding priming and it was off to the painter. A week later I had a nice gloss black tank.
Q: How did you mount the license plate?
I used a generic targa license plate bracket and bent it to change the angle a little. I mounted the plate as far forward toward the battery box as I could and still have a good mounting surface. I drilled two mounting holes in the undertray plastic and secured large washers on the inside of the seat compartment to keep from putting too much stress on a small spot of plastic. It has held up well with no visible stress marks on the plastic. I drilled a third whole through the plastic inorder to place an LED in a position so that it would shine on the plate at night. I wired the LED to the existing plate light leads and it was good to go.