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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-09-2017, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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My old new Versys utility bike

If I'm going anywhere really I ride my big bike. But I usually have a utility local scoot. Has been an old VStrom 1000. But wife got herself a BMW, so the VStrom is off to be sold and I've got her (well, really has always been my) '09 Versys 650 in plasma blue. One side was rashed up, so it was really cheap. She sort of insisted I keep it as a light and easy to ride machine. So I'm fixing it up (ABS cement layers going in the road rash bit by bit) and getting to know it. Really quite a nice bike. Really fun around here. Will have to go over Cherohala Skyway soon. Truly a fine machine. Believe I need to check the valves and replace plugs and air filter. Check the various fueling adustments. That's all that's left to do, and I do that when the body is ready for paint. Might even get all the blue done in powdercoat (how about Kawasaki Ninja green?) and the silver in black.

Pretty nifty machine - lots lightr than my Guzzi!!

Dr. Toaster: Guzzi 1400 California, VStrom 1000
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I too bought a lightly crashed Versys on the cheap. Wish I'd done it sooner! Only "problem" is its now my go to bike and does everything very well. My more focused bikes now sit even more. Happy at 80 on the highway and is a sportbike in the twisties, without a crappy seating position!

The proverbial "quiver killer" imo!

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Might even get all the blue done in powdercoat (how about Kawasaki Ninja green?) and the silver in black.

Pretty nifty machine - lots lightr than my Guzzi!!
correct me if I'm wrong. all the blue parts, except the gas tank, are plastic. The silver parts you mention are also plastic? I've never heard of powder coating plastic.
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Conductive primer, UV cured.

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I too bought a lightly crashed Versys on the cheap. Wish I'd done it sooner! Only "problem" is its now my go to bike and does everything very well. My more focused bikes now sit even more. Happy at 80 on the highway and is a sportbike in the twisties, without a crappy seating position!

The proverbial "quiver killer" imo!
People would ask me the "if you can only have one bike question" a lot. When I had the '11 Versys I would say if I could only have one out of my current lineup it would be the Versys.

Now that I have experienced many more bikes I think my perfect bike still hasn't been made, but if it were it would be an 800cc adventure bike with drive shaft and electronic cruise control and electronic suspension adjustments. About 500 lbs loaded up and ready to tour.

Right now my favorite bike is my M8 Road King with the windshield removed. Enjoying that riding in the wind experience.

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Conductive primer, UV cured.
That's a new one on me. The plastic will hold up to the heat required to cure the powder? If the plastic bends, will the powder coat crack?
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It's UV setting, low heat. Good question on the flex. I would inquire prior to getting done.

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