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Vibrations are killing my farkles...

I love my Versys, I really do.... heck, I am not even a picky person... but.... The vibes on my 2010 are not making me confident about the long haul of the Versys. One of my ADVMonster 24w leds just died... week before my Garmin GPS60sc died... I used to put my had on the Garmin mount and the led lights and holly mother of god... they were shaken' like a shell shocked sailor...

So it got me thinking, if the vibes are indeed killing my farkles slowly (I said if), how about the rest of the bike over the years... Will headlights burnout quicker, will frames crack, givi mounts break, will other things fall off? This makes me feel like the bike might just fall apart quicker than usual down the road...

Again, I love the Versys, but... maybe the new 2012 V-Strom (with the dead smooth V twin engine) might be my long term bike? Sigh....
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It would be good if able to check your throttle bodies during idle at 1300 rpm.
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Use "Thumper Grade" farkles.
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FWIW, Iíve got over 28,000 miles on my 2010 V and my non-bike specific Radar Detector (Valentine 1) and GPS (Garmin Nuvi 260) have been mounted to my handlebars via RAM mounts for almost all of that (as well as another 50,000+ miles on my other bike) without any problems ó and Iíve had no other failures on the V of any kind either.
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FWIW, Iíve got over 28,000 miles on my 2010 V and my non-bike specific Radar Detector (Valentine 1) and GPS (Garmin Nuvi 260) have been mounted to my handlebars via RAM mounts for almost all of that (as well as another 50,000+ miles on my other bike) without any problems ó and Iíve had no other failures on the V of any kind either.
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The vibes don't bother me, personally... I find the bike pretty smooth at or just under 5000rpm.... It has only 3500km on it... Maybe it does need throttle bodies checked?

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Yes.
Eventually, everything dies and falls apart.


Are you sure you want to worry about it?
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What vibration? Never noticed it! Maybe that comes from riding things like early Triumph’s and the like. Always had to carry spare head light and tail light bulbs for one thing.
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Your LED light died ... That's very odd !

Those are indestructible (mechanicaly speaking)

As for the garmin, I can't say the same

Maybe an electrical problem (would affect both of them)

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Again, I love the Versys, but... maybe the new 2012 V-Strom (with the dead smooth V twin engine) might be my long term bike? Sigh....
Enjoy the Strom! Once I start thinking about a new ride, its only a matter of time!
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Enjoy the Strom! Once I start thinking about a new ride, its only a matter of time!
I agree. sometimes the timing is several years, sometimes sooner.
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i've only got 3700 miles on my 09 and i hardly notice any vibration at all. indeed, i think it might be smoother than my 1100 shadow.
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I have heard a lot of comments about vibrations on the Versys and some people doesn't care, some other doesn't feel any and other feels a lot... so maybe is something about personal sensitivity. For example, I install my SW Motech engine guards, do a very nice trip and the first thing I did when I returned was to remove them. I tried everything from installing rubbers and uninstalling the U bolts but I can't tolerate the vibs. Some people say to me that they have installed the same engine guards and they run perfectly,no vibs at all.
I think that the Versys hasn't a smooth engine as other bikes have but as a package it's a very, very good deal, that's why I bought it and after ride it for more than 7,000 kms I love it (even with their "issues")...

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Sensitivity to vibration is kinda like pain threshold...it varys from person to person. It is also influenced by rider expectations and experience with previous motorcycles.

The vibration of my '09 V is quite mild when compared to the hard engine mount (pre 2003) H-D Sportster or the various 500cc to 650cc single cylinder thumpers that I have owned. IMO...the V is a fairly smooth-running bike. FWIW...I use a non-motorcycle specific GPS and haven't had any problems.

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