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2008 Kawi Versys DSE (Dual Sport Edition)

Just thought I would share the bike that we built up for Angela. Some people don't like the Versys, some people say it should never be ridden off road, I think both of those groups of people should piss off. Turns out it's a really nice bike with a peppy motor. I just thought I'd share these photos.

Starting with a stock Versys, these are the mods we made:
SW Motech Crash bars
Sw Motech Skid Plate
Pro Taper Dirt bike bars
New grips
heated grips
Moose Racing bark buster
Full lockable/waterproof panniers
All weather cig adapter
raised fender
Michelin Anakee 2 rear tire
Pirelli MT60 front tire
ipod remote control
Custom rear fender

Hope you enjoy! I know we are. We've taken it down to Buena Vista, CO and rode the crap out of it for three days (and four crashes).















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Hey 'Dejavu',
You got the "Be-bads" goin' on...NO DOUBT!
Best thing about our mean motor scooter...she's highly adaptable.
In-fact...on our camping trip last week I even did a we bit of mountain (Well, being Michigan...realllly big hill) climbing. Hard-pack for sure and the "V" did just fine so.....YOU GO!
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Question Front Fender

I could only see one screw on each side of the front fender to attach the fender to the fork. Is that all that is holding the front fender in place? Does it move around alot, or is it pretty stable?
Or what other attachments are holding the front fender in place?

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I could only see one screw on each side of the front fender to attach the fender to the fork. Is that all that is holding the front fender in place? Does it move around alot, or is it pretty stable?
Or what other attachments are holding the front fender in place?




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I like the aggressive look! Set up like that, it certainly looks capable.
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i wonder if the guys that modded up the first scrambler or the guys on harleys have as much repressive feedback about them taking their motorcycle where it wasn't neccessarily designed to go.

My thought process has always been ride what you got. If we are going through twisties, people dont heckle the cruisers cause they can't turn. Guys on long rides dont discourage the dude that brings a KLR.

Ok enough of my kumbiya moment... i am super excited about this weekend!

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I could only see one screw on each side of the front fender to attach the fender to the fork. Is that all that is holding the front fender in place? Does it move around alot, or is it pretty stable?
Or what other attachments are holding the front fender in place?
I actually just did that for the pics. I'm fabing up a support bracket as we speak and have a longer crossover ordered. It actually does seem pretty stable though. We'll see. This weekend we are doing 800 miles of off-roading through Colorado. Hopefully it'll stay!

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Good Looking bike.
Certainly will go anywhere any other, 454 lb, 17in alloy wheeled, street geared, no down tubed, 90/10 tired, will go, albeit abusive.

Talking with another Versys owner about a typical real dual sport road in Nor Cal.
"You can ride your Versys on it if you want. I'll ride my KLR"
It's handled everything we've thrown at it just fine, and then rips in the canyon on the way home. It's a dual sport touring bike, not a 450. One of my happiest days was when I sold my KLR. What a turd that thing was.

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I like the aggressive look! Set up like that, it certainly looks capable.
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Good for you!

I suspect few of us (me) get any way near the limits these bikes can handle.

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I think it looks great.


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Man, nicely done.

LOVE the way that front fender looks.

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Do you intend to add protection for the radiator and electronics?

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