Hello to all as a new member of the 650 Versys forum.
Although not yet purchased, I'm much closer to committing to a new 2018 LT. And, I'm beginning to "de-content" my 2002 BMW R1100S to prepare for sale.
I've loved the bike for over 55K but it's time for another sport-tourer.
I recently had the opportunity to sit on and become familiar with both a new 2017 and 2018. They, of course, feel identical.
1) As far as I know, the two years are mechanically identical and the only difference between them are color changes?
2) I've searched and read about Hepco Becker and SW Motech accessory centerstands for the 650. I read the WebBike World eval of the Motech product for an older Versys featuring clear and descriptive photos.
The interference between the lift pad of the center stand and the OEM sidestand is clearly shown. And the eval confirms you do not
have to trim any of the lower plastic fairings when the stand is deployed.
Is there a general preference of the Motech over the HB and if so, details please.
3) The slight side-to-side travel of the OEM Kawasaki hard bags on the 2018 was obvious. Has this "free play" posed any issues over time for anyone? Is it intended to provide some sort of weight shift compensation for us riders?
I'm sure I'll have more questions so I appreciate your patience.
Thank you in advance.