Thanks - that's a nice list. I have to watch putting too much time and money into our spare "junker" - not that it's a bad bike, it was just cheap!
"fork oil change - 10W synthetic fork oil" Just looks like a pain. I may be able to mostly drain without excess work, will investigate.
"Givi 3D603 (small) or XS320(large) tank ring tank bag, pops off gas cap in 2 seconds by pushing latch on bottom; both have good fit on Versys" Yeah. If I can find a great deal. None of the other bikes could use this. I think I'm best off with a strap on model. otherwise I'll get stuck with more gear that I don't use when this bike goes!
"throttle body sync should quell vibration as this is not a vibey bike, also avoid ~4.5-5.5K rpm range on first generation models" It's just got a bit of a buzz sometimes - not terribly annoying, but there. I haven't been through the fuel & ignition systems at this point. Was wife's main ride, and she's not sensitive.
"never heard of anyone on the forum doing a throttle cam mod, let us know how it works out" Here's a thread on it: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...tle-tamer.html
"LED aux lighting if riding at night in rural areas, see threads on this site" == Not much night riding at this point. I think I have a bunch of LED stuff around somewhere in a box.
"download service manual from this site in TECH section" Got it!
"heated grips for spring and fall riding?" Won't hesitate if the need arises. Suspect winter trips will be a mix of short and the very long on the big bike.
"SW-Motech makes the best quality engine bars for the bike and they are very protective, see video of Versys crash with them, weight is down low so you will not notice ~10lbs they add" Look good, but over $200! I'll keep my eyes open. Can't put a lot into this machine.
"on/off throttle jarring can be the result of too much chain slack (set for 2.5-3cm) or slack in throttle cables (lube cables which allows them to work with more tension)" I'll go through the cables again. Got the chain set fine - it's in great shape, bike came with relatively new sprockets & chain. It's just the FI type rapid on/off snatchy stuff. Typical. But I'll go through everything when I pull the fairing pieces off next. Probably when I change the plugs.
"don't forget to adjust suspension, default suspension setup is for 150lb rider with gear, see service manual and threads on this site for more info" - Fork is set fine for wife, which is same weight. Rear I'm still messing with. The owners manual indicates position 5 is the standard for a light rider, but the image and the chart provided differ. The image shows 7 as the least preload, and the chart shows 7 as the most preload. I set the sag for wife, will have to see how it works with me. I'll also pop a zip tie onto the fork slider, see how that's doing. I usually ride with a zip tie on one leg anyway.
"avoid economy tires, good ones make a noticeable difference IMO and sometimes last longer, currently running Metzler Roadtec 01's which are excellent IMO but there are other popular choices on this site too" Right now, Pilot Road 4 F and Bridgestone T023 on rear, which seem very good. I'm pleased with Bridgestone generally. But a pair of Exedra Max on my 1400 Guzzi, real transformation.
I'll keep plugging away. The bike was maintained by a local shop and I got the records. On the other hand, the shop has very mixed reputation on service, so I'm checking everything as I go along. Bike was used for commuting primarily. No signs of flogging or abuse, other than one nice slide in a winter parking lot.