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Issues to look for when buying.

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Hello to All
New to this forum, and not quite yet a Versys owner. Hope to be soon Looking to purchase a used Versys 650. Wondering what I should be looking out for.
Have searched and seen posts about frame issues near front engine mount on first generation, as well as left mirrors coming loose
Looks like many have installed thermo bob kit.
Stator issues seem to be ongoing problem

What else should I keep an eye open for on these bikes? Probably looking for a first or second generation.

Have been riding for a lot of years, but not familiar with these bikes at all Figured I would ask those with real life experience

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Mirrors - Gen 1 - yup. Stators - maybe.... My '08 has 65K miles on OEM one.
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Google "what to look for when inspecting a used motorcycle". There are many sites that deal with the question, and most items are generic and apply to any bike.

I would look at the following; tires, pressure (take a gauge), condition, and age, the chain and sprockets, forks (leaking seals?), battery and electrical connections, oil (level and condition), brake pad wear, brake fluid level and colour (should be clear), plus other items research will advise.

I would ask for the maintenance history log with particular attention paid to oil change intervals, valve clearance check, filters change intervals and all fluid change history.

Test ride if possible. If not, then at least run the engine until hot to see if the valves are quiet and the fan comes on when hot. Also, sit on the bike while it is running, pull the clutch lever, put it into first gear and then neutral. Don't be alarmed when it "jumps" as you put it into gear. Check all switches, the last being the red "kill switch".

That should give you some idea about the bike's condition. If it has high mileage, the price should be lower. Generally, a bike is not considered to be worth a lot more just because it has some accessories.

Good luck!
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This is a example depending on KM, What Smiley said is excellent info


50, 000KM if not maintained could cost more than the $2200 asking price. I will start with the most expensive;

#1 Valve shim check, if not done soon enough could result in burnt exhaust valve seats, as most of us have found the exhaust valves tighter than the intake, did my 07 at 29900 KM.

#2 , stator output /regulator / battery, OEM is over $400 for a stator, I am lets say a specialist on this subject, if you have a digital voltmeter, available take it with you. If the bike has been sitting for at least 15 minutes don't start it, check the battery voltage, it should be 12.40 absolute minimum, normal for a AGM battery is 12.59 to 12.89 VDC. Next step start the bike, see if headlight came on automatically, check voltage at battery, it should be 14.2 to 14.5VDC with the bike at idle, turning on high beam should result in a voltage around 13.3 to 13.59 VDC, anything lower than the voltages posted could cost you money. Here is a link for testing stator, if I was buying it and the DC voltages were low, I would test this on site, the stator plug is easy access on the 07 to 14. Polaris Regulator Install

#3 tires, price range is $200 to $300 each mounting and balancing

#4 sprockets and chain, the front rubber dampened sprocket is the first to go, would need to change both plus new chain

#5 stick coils, if the bike is stored outside the 07/08 had some problems with cracking, no easy way to check this as the gas tank needs to be removed to access.

#6 brake pad wear, brake fluid level and colour (should be clear) brake fluid should have been changed at least 3 times by now, spools on front rotor had a tendency to seize, easily rectified, however the front caliper had a tendency to draw in moisture , hence the bleeding brakes and fluid change, first time I did my 07, one side looked like chocolate milk, I used a vacuum brake bleeder and fresh fluid.

#7 Copied Smiley: I would ask for the maintenance history log with particular attention paid to oil change intervals, filters change intervals and all fluid change history. This is a tough one as multiple owners don't always keep track and unless they have a documented log in a owners manual , anything can be said.

#8 Front fork seals have a tendency to start leaking at or about 60,000 KM or higher, just depends on terrain ridden.
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Thanks for all the input.
I have had a lot of bikes over the years, but not familiar with these bikes, so thought I would ask the people that have lived with them.
What I do know is that I like the size, and seating position.
Lots of good info for me and things to look out for as I am in the market for used, not new.

Thanks onewizard, tried to reply to the PM but not sure if it went.

Thanks again to all.
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Steve - FWIW - I have put MORE than 110K MILES on the three Versys 650s I've owned (STILL have two, an '08 in AZ - 66K miles, and a '15 in BC w/ about 30K kms [my '09 was written-off w/ about 64K kms on it]), and MY recommendation is to raise the front of your seat either by my method or by buying the plastic piece from "Rawkstar" in the FOR SALE section.

I have ridden MANY 11 or 12 hour days w/ NO "bum-problems".... Guess I should mention - I'm 5'10", 180# soakin' wet, 32" inseam, and also HIGHLY recommend the footpeg lowering blocks from Speedy. (https://motowerk.com/)

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Be sure and ask if the bike comes with a good dose of common sense and training. Every bike should come with that.
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Training I will agree with. Gave up on common sense years ago.
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