Street Newbie - Versys observations
OK, it's Saturday and I've put about 200 miles on my new Versys since taking delivery on Friday. I thought I'd give my take on the bike and my experience incase someone else can get something out of it. Please recall, my experience until now was strictly dirt with a few rides on the street on a KTM with a motard set up.
Today, I bought a street helmet, mesh jacket with liner, pants and gloves. I know there is a big debate about helmets, buy I've never ridden without one so I would feel naked and scared if I rode without. How can guys ride at highway speeds without a helmet? The wind and noise would drive me nuts...
Anyway, the first thing is the crazy buzzzzz from the gauge panel. It seems to be a common problem and I haven't read the other posts to see the solution yet.
Second things is the throttle. I'm use to a quick turn throttle on my MX bikes. Is there one available for the Versys?
Why is the right mirror usable, but the left one only shows my shoulder? Is there a spacing issue I need to overcome?
I need to adjust a few items for my taste, but I wanted to run it by the group before I do something that is wrong for the street. I need to adjust the shift lever down a little, for my riding experience it is too high. Any risk by lowering it?
The rear brake peddal must be depressed quite a bit before the brakes begin to bite. Is this a simple adjustment? I use the front brake a lot from my racing days and I find myself out of balance with the rear brake because I'm not use to pushing down so far.
The seat is the most comfortable one I've ever sat on - again compared to a dirt bike.
I'm having to learn to trust the tires in a turn. A 2 stroke dirt bike steers by the rear wheel while the street bike steers by the front wheel. I'm not use to the pressure on the bars or how far I can lean before I lose grip.
I must say I'm having a blast on this bike. While it is the heaviest bike I've ever ridden by about 150 lbs, it feels light and nimble. My confidence on the bike grows by the minute.
I'll post a pic tomorrow of the mount I'm using for my iPhone. I have the MapQuest app running as I'm riding to show the roads and options available to me. I need to add a 12 volt plug on the dash to hook up the power instead of draining the battery.
As I've said several times before, this is a great forum and it is because each of you participate in a helpful way. I thank y'all for your past and future support.
1975 Kawasaki MC90
1977 Yamaha YZ100
1980 Yamaha YZ100
1980 Yamaha YZ125
1981 Yamaha YZ125
1982 Yamaha YZ125
1983 Yamaha YZ125
1984 Honda CR125
1996 Yamaha PW80 (son's)
1999 Kawasaki KX250
2001 Suzuki PW50 (son's)
2001 Yamaha YZ125
2003 Kawasaki KLX110 (son's)
2005 KTM 525 EXC Racing w/Motard set up
2009 Kawasaki Versys - I like this street bike thing...
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