KX450 Front Fender
14 Front Sprocket/47 Rear Sprocket
SW Motech Skid plate
Carbon Fiber Wrap Front Fairings
TKC 80 Front tire, Shinko 805 Rear tire
Rerouted front brake Caliper loop(tends to catch on knobbies causing sudden violent stops.)
Heya, I ride my Versys in the most difficult stuff I can find in dual sport groups full of WR450's, and KTM and Husqvarna 500's.
This pushed my Versys as far into the dirt spectrum as I could take it since the stuff they were riding chewed the pieces of my bike up that needed improvement.
First thing was the skidplate. I found in rocky uneven terrain 2 problems that demanded the skid plate be installed:
1) rocky shelves will rip your muffler off every time they grab the front of it. This happened to me a few times and luckily only took a bit of hammer work and patience to get it back on. The Skid plate makes it so things don't hit the front of the muffler, while the stock muffler is robust enough to skid along its bottom and has never caused an issue in that application.
2) engine components were getting bent out of place. Headers started to collapse towards the motor, oil drain bolt was taking occasional impacts sometimes knocking it loose enough to leak. Neither of these were problems I could ignore and it was the first thing I had to do.
Next, I hated the look of the stock blue fairing. I know its a cosmetic thing but I had trouble loving my bike with those massive loud ass blue fairings. The carbon fiber wrap was an easy way to mute them a bit while giving me a more rugged stealthy look.
After that, Front fender broke it's mount after stopping me in some mud. Rode without the fender for a while but it was no fun in wet stuff. This also left the brake line that loops over the top nearly rubbing the tire requiring alteration of the brake line to prepare for knobby tires. Mounted a KX450 Front Fender to the bottom of a the triple clamp and extended the front brake line to go up over the fender and clamp as well.
Finally we got to the tires. I replaced the slicks that were on it with TKC80 front, which is in my opinion the best front tire in the dual sport business. The rear tire was a bit of a toss up, with the Shinko 805 exceeding all other tires in performance at the cost of half the tread life of a Hydenau k60 or TKC80 Rear. So I went with the 805 Big Blocks because the softer compound makes it really nice on the road and off road I needed all the push I can get.
Pleasantly, I found these tires allowed me tractor through loose terrain even uphill. They were so good at low speed traction that I decided I wanted more low rpm power and the ability to idle without creeping up to 20 mph in slow technical terrain. Made the decision to go down to 14T front sprocket down from the 15t stock. Since lowering the the front 1 tooth would add a half inch to the chain, I went up 1 tooth on the rear so the chain length would remain unchanged. That gave me an 8.7% reduction in speed and 8.7% increased torque. This made idling around in first gear an absolute joy and removed the need to use speed to get up unruly hill climbs.
So whats next? I'm going to saw the fork protectors off the old mudguard(which was already carbon fiber wrapped,) and re-attach the fork protectors only. And thats my finished off road Versys(Maybe a Barnett Clutch)
Before adding front fender and moving brake line:
How it looked when I got it: