My 2011 has the same smell. I've always thought that it is dirt and road grime kicked up on the the front of the engine. When I wash the bike and clean the engine with some good foaming cleaner/de-greaser the smell goes away. The smell seems to stay away when the roads are dry but after I ride in the rain again the smell comes right back. Our roads here are pretty dirty with dead leaves and such, also lots of sandy grit they put down for traction when we've had ice and snow. The fender extender only helps a little mostly up by the radiator. The bottom of the engine still gets pretty dirty.
2011 Versys 650
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Last edited by Naitramde; 02-12-2017 at 05:59 PM.