I picked up an 09 yesterday. It is in very good condition with 15000 miles. But now after reading all the posts on stator and regulator problems I am hesitant to ride any distance until I upgrade these parts. Should I just not worry about it, or go ahead and test the stator and replace the regulator as a preventive measure?
Discussion comes and goes, I have worked with this problem since early 2008, so lots of experience. Several things I strongly recommend for all versions of the Versys is in this thread described as neat little voltmeter :
As to testing the stator http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/1341721-post1.html
only need one meter, follow my instructions, less than 5 minutes to test. Make sure you use the idle screw for setting the 2000 RPM, and the bike had been warmed up.
As to upgrading, I have said it before, about 3 tanks of gas if you use a used Polaris. I have updated the install for 2007 to 2014, 2015 is also 90% complete, I have additional photos and CompuFire photos to add.Oil level and oil type plays a small part in stator failure. I can say the number posted failed
is a fraction of those that actually failed, as some are reluctant and embarrassed that their ride quite after knowing of this problem and doing nothing about it , so they want a quick fix and sweep it under the carpet. The only thing I can say is using OEM the stator is outputing 100% when the RPM is at or above that required for maximum output. Using a series regulator the stator is at base load or approximately 60% of maximum all the time
and it never runs at 100% ever.
As to long distance, I am sure if you did a survey, you would find bikes of MK-1 design with 40,000 KM or more out of 1000, 16 would have had some sort of stator or 3 phase plug failure, the newer version with the crossover connections on the back ( depends on the supplier for Kawasaki at the time, I saw 2009 to 2013 with varied connections), failure rate would have dropped to about 8 out of 1000, on the MK-3 , with all stators with crossover connections on the back
and improved varnish I would assume the failure to drop to 5 in 1000.