I am giving heavy consideration to adding a V650LT to the stable. It would replace the reliable 60k miles KLR, cause I just don't go up enough gravel roads any more. Looking for light weight one up long distance touring as well as weekends on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I've a list of questions I'd appreciate answers to:
On my second Versys, 07 now a 15--Unlike harley owners, no chrome I don't polish and show my bike***I bought it to ride, if you have / had a KLR, did you install a Thermo-Bob? The V excels in the twisties, can handle 2 up all Day at 80 MPH
1) Not being a fan of Transformers, I find the front end absolutely hidjus. If I needed a windshield I'd bring the Durango; if I wanted to look down a dirty well, there wouldn't be a pair of forks in it; if I wanted slant eyed headlights I'd get me a cat; but the real reason is, the appearance of this jagged front end gives me the shudders. I'd gladly rip that fairing off except for the fact I see a double handful of necessaries tucked inside there. Appears to be a coolant jug, fuse block, relays, rectifier, etc. Has anyone here removed that front fairing? If so, where did you re-locate those goodies? Lacking that, has anyone found something else to slap over where that front end used to be?
2) Approx what RPM are you turning in sixth at 75mph? Wondering how buzzy this thing gets at realistic left lane freeway speeds.
3) Is the speedo accurate, or is it way optimistic, BTW?
I will repeat I don't care what the front looks like I bought it to ride, and after over 40 years of riding, I haven't found anything that performs in the twisties for the price like the V!
Speed is dependent on the rear tire and sprockets, going 16 front makes speed accurate, but the 2015 has a change in the torque curve, so with the Michelin the speed is high by about 4%, with the original Dunlop the speed was within 1KM/HR--RPM is around 6500 to 7000 RPM at 80 MPH
4) The dumbest fifty bucks any bean counter ever shaved off the MSRP of a new murdersickle was your handy center stand. Whoever started that trend, I hope he gets stranded with a flat tire in East Gnawed Pencil Utah and no stand to whip the tire off. But when I crawled underneath one of these units on the showroom floor, there were no tabs or attachment points I could see for a center stand. Is there an aftermarket stand, and where does it attach? Who is this nitwit first brainfarted "Hey, let's ditch the center stand" and where can I find the rascal to slap him cross the snout?
I think you would be surprised at tyhe fact I can get the front or rear tire off the ground if I were looking at plugging the tire, I would challenge you to get the bike up on a center stand with a flat, and yes several make them, around $350, I have a pit stand at home and a hydraulic lift that cost about $75 more than the aftermarket center stand. Anything I need to do in the field I can do with the prop stand. If you need to remove either wheel than you are going to need a tow or some other assistance JMHO I don't see the benefit.
5) I see frequent mention of a bad stator and of a replacement Polaris regulator. My experience of Kawi electrics is limited to my KLR, which, let's face it, your average short haired cat sparks more watts on a cold day than that pretense of an alternator does at redline. Are a new stator and regulator de rigeur immediately; or do the OEM bits last at least a score of thousand miles? Does the system pump enough juice to light me some heated grips at a stop light without the turn signal pulsing the headlight, as on my KLR?
All permanent magnet stators have the same problem, Triumph, Yamaha, Kawasaki , FYI the stator on the KLR is a direct swap for the Versys. I have started posting links on good used Polaris regulators on this forum.See post 4, about 160 watts available over and above base load, which means heated gear and heated grips at maximum output, no problem. Follow my advice and change the city lights to LED and a few other LED changes and more watts is available
6) I'd love to see a rack where the pillion sets. Has anyone figured out a solo seat with rack behind? How about a sissy bar to set a T-bag on pillion for a backrest?
7) Who has played with sprocket swaps & what'd you come up with?
That's it for now. Maybe more later. TIA
he went across Canada this past year, have a look.