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My greatest Vsrsys fearís been laid to rest.

I traded my Buell in on the Versys because after about an hour or so my knee was starting to cause me pain. It’d gotten to the point of, Ride on Sunday, Ice on Monday and limp the rest of the week. I was a bit worried that I might have made this deal for no gain.

So now that I have the Versys to the point that I was able to take a longer trip I did so today. With the saddle Bags (to tote junk), The Seat Concepts saddle and Moto-Werk’s peg lower kit (to add leg room and ease the butt pains) I was off. I loaded the flat tire kit, rain suit and cooler with cold water and off I went from Dayton Ohio to Angola Indiana, about 180 miles each way. I had a nice combination of two lane and four lane road along with a bit of interstate for this test run! I ended up doing about 8 hours in the saddle with only a couple of breaks other than a longish stop at a friends house. Round trip with, I am happy to say I NO pain at all, knee or butt.

The bike ran flawlessly, other than it’s happiest at around 75 MPH and the Law is 65 here! (I don’t need to hear “Press hard please, 6 copies”) I still need to do a little adjusting on the shift lever as it’s a touch to low for my taste. I keep missing up shifts as the shifter never returns all the way down. Now I need to find a new set of springs for the "V" as I got a swift kick in the pants on every expansion joint I hit, maybe someone can point me to a place I can get a progressive wound set?

PLUS I really need to stop believing weathermen. “Hot all day” he said! I ended up buying a sweat shirt in Angola as I was so chilled At least there still a good coffee shop in Angola! Of course I did wear my mesh gear. Got about 52 MPG both ways.

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PS with the Saddle and Peg lowering kit the Versys sit's FAIRLY close to my KLR and it’s nice and comfy to me. I think I need to look at a taller windshield as the bug splats on the face shield are a pain.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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Sounds like you had a nice ride! Glad its working out for ya!
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I've been using HyperPro progressive springs, both front and rear. They come either in standard length or lowering (30 mm). Make a nice improvement in comfort, and also reduce the front-brake "dive" by at least 50%.
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I've been using HyperPro progressive springs, both front and rear. They come either in standard length or lowering (30 mm). Make a nice improvement in comfort, and also reduce the front-brake "dive" by at least 50%.
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I set the rear rebound at about 10 clicks from all the way firm (H on the shock) I find I can dial in what I want for what ever style of riding. Rear spring is on second from lowest. It works for me.

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Oh jeez complaining about the cold...it was 93 here today. Cry me a river. [although, to be fair, I guess you were complaining about the weatherman...]

Awesome news about the comfort though. My longest has been a 2 hr trip but towards the end it was an urban environment so my legs got periodic stretches at stoplights. If I did longer trips I definitely think either highway pegs or a lowering kit would be in order.
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Oh jeez complaining about the cold...it was 93 here today. Cry me a river. [although, to be fair, I guess you were complaining about the weatherman...]
Well it was in the mid 60s when I left so I was pretty chilly as it didn't really start to warm up until I riden most of the way up to Angola. I should know better BUT I really thought the temps would soar as soon as the sun was up. WRONG

Of course it was in the 90s when I made it home that night. So if I "Cry a River" I'm keeping it...going to go swimming and cool off!

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