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Any issues with the Versys 650 2015?

Hi there,

Just wondering if there were any issues with the 2015 Versys 650 / 650LT that were corrected on later model years?

All the best,
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Not an issue, but I believe the later bikes have different fuel mapping if I recall correctly from reading the forum threads. The '15 up is the 3rd generation and it is mostly a styling change with some additional features.

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Later year models also have a slightly different dash layout with a built-in selected gear display.
As far as issues go, not really. To my knowledge, 2015 models are as dependable as later ones. That is, very

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I have a 2015 and love it. Have not had any issues with it.

Bought it used with 11k miles on it and it now has 28k miles.

All maintenance I do myself and has been just usual scheduled stuff. The following is from my service log.


Versys 650 Service Record

Date Mileage Service performed

2016
2-20 600 600 mile service Wilson’s Motorcycles
8-31 Oil Change and New Tires

2017
7-13 10303 Oil Change and New Chain
8-23 11614 Bleed Brakes Coolant Change Oil and Filter
9-3 11875 Metezler M7 RR Tires and Brake Pads
9-10 12138 Oil and Filter
9-27 12979 Spark Plugs and Air Filter
10-15 14111 Oil and Filter
11-2 14688 Metezler M7RR rear tire
11-3 14688 Valve clearance check
12-8 15988 Oil and Filter

2018
2-6 16727 Metzeler M7 RR Front Tire
3-22 16961 Metzeler M7RR Rear Tire
4-21 17823 Oil and Filter
5-12 18987 Valve Adjust, Throttle Body Sync, New Plugs, 12v lighter plug install.
5-24 19135 New Battery
5-31 20067 Oil and Filter
6-8 20473 Metzeler M7 RR Rear Tire
7-9 22043 Oil and Filter
8-22 22871 Bridgestone S21 Front and rear Tire
9-17 23538 New Plugs, Air Filter and ECU flash
10-4 24003 Oil and Filter Castrol Power 1 4T
11-1 25022 Oil and Filter Mobil 1 Racing

2019
1-25 26691 Bridgestone S21 Front and rear Tire
3-19 27570 Oil and Filter Mobil 1 Racing

I think the only issues that were not normal service were the battery and one head light bulb replacement.

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Hi there,

Just wondering if there were any issues with the 2015 Versys 650 / 650LT that were corrected on later model years?

All the best,
Dave
I haven't heard that it's a "general problem" w/ the Gen 3s, but my forks started leaking EARLY (around 16,000kms). Kawasaki replaced seals in both forks under warranty.





(On my Gen 1 '08 I replaced the seals at 60,9xx MILES, while my '09 Gen 1 started leaking oil after I had my low-side crash about 60 miles S of Inuvik on the Dempster Hwy, about at 61,xxx kms.)


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The only problem I've noted with my 15' LT is the fact that it's almost too much fun to ride......that's not much of a problem however.
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Hi there,
Just wondering if there were any issues with the 2015 Versys 650 / 650LT that were corrected on later model years?

All the best,
Dave

I have a 15' , already 22k miles on it. oil and filter changed every 3k miles , last weekend did valve adjustment. No issues whatsoever.
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Actually the 2015-2016 Gen 3 models have an advantage (currently) over the later models: The availability of the Shoodaben Engineering- Mountain Runner ECU flash. This makes a stunning performance difference! https://sites.google.com/site/shooda...-650-ecu-flash

If you read through the forum on this mod, you'll see why everyone who has done this ECU mod is so happy with it.
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Thanks for the info everyone.

Id asked as Im looking at a 2015 650 LT. Excellent condition, less than 7k miles for $5k. Good deal???

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Id asked as Im looking at a 2015 650 LT. Excellent condition, less than 7k miles for $5k. Good deal???

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Looks PDG to ME, Dave.

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Thanks for the info everyone.

Id asked as Im looking at a 2015 650 LT. Excellent condition, less than 7k miles for $5k. Good deal???

Dave
Grab it, then get the ecu flashed.
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Thanks for the info everyone.

Id asked as Im looking at a 2015 650 LT. Excellent condition, less than 7k miles for $5k. Good deal???

Dave
I've got around 12K on mine and I wouldn't sell it for 5K...........
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If long term ownership is the idea, the regular/rectifier being a shunt type, and potentially reducing the life of the stator is a potential problem, right guys?

Most bikes at this price point have the same style (shunt) system so its not completely unique to this gen Versys or been corrected later. Really depends on planned ownership period and usage though.

Apart from that its a hoot and very dependable. I broke mine in, did the 600 mile service and immediately left on a 4,500 mile road trip and had zero issues on that one, and up to my current 13k on the ODO. Just did an (early) valve adjust and all were in spec.

Like others have said the Shoodaben flash is all its cracked up to be, 100% worth the price of admission.

$5k is great deal on a low mile 2015 IMO
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If long term ownership is the idea, the regular/rectifier being a shunt type, and potentially reducing the life of the stator is a potential problem, right guys?

Most bikes at this price point have the same style (shunt) system so its not completely unique to this gen Versys or been corrected later. Really depends on planned ownership period and usage though.

Apart from that its a hoot and very dependable. I broke mine in, did the 600 mile service and immediately left on a 4,500 mile road trip and had zero issues on that one, and up to my current 13k on the ODO. Just did an (early) valve adjust and all were in spec.

Like others have said the Shoodaben flash is all its cracked up to be, 100% worth the price of admission.

$5k is great deal on a low mile 2015 IMO
53k miles on my '15. Rectifier has been modded. Issues were fork seal leaks and a warped brake disc up front, both covered with MaKaw's extended warranty. if the bike is still under warranty it is extendable up to six years, unlimited miles. There is a dealer in Richardson TX, IIRC, that is about half the price of most dealers. I bought four yyears for just over $400.

Valves were adjusted at 12k miles, three exhaust at minimum, one slightly tight. Intakes were within spec. I set all to maximum. Checked again at 34k, the valves had not moved. Will check 'em again in about 4k miles, after my 2-3 week trip coming up in about three weeks.

Good luck and have fun.

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Actually the 2015-2016 Gen 3 models have an advantage (currently) over the later models: The availability of the Shoodaben Engineering- Mountain Runner ECU flash. This makes a stunning performance difference! https://sites.google.com/site/shooda...-650-ecu-flash

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Yup. Absolutely mandatory.

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I put 78K and 65K miles on my last two bikes with shunt-type R/Rs without any charging failures, FWIW.

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Thanks for the info everyone.

Id asked as Im looking at a 2015 650 LT. Excellent condition, less than 7k miles for $5k. Good deal???

Dave
As a data point, I bought my 2015 Versys LT ABS for $5400 from a dealer near Seattle last October. Has 11k miles. Also Oxford heated grips. Fairly new Shinko DS tires, newer brake pads. So I think you are right in the ballpark.

I've only put maybe 500 miles on it, but fairly happy so far.

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Mine has 32 000 miles, no issues, just regular maintenance, apart from a warranty-replaced shock (the remote adjuster seized). Seems to have been a one-off defect, the dealer had never seen it happen before.

I honestly can't come up with a bike that I'd replace it with. I'll probably keep it until I wreck it or Gen4 comes out.

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I put 78K and 65K miles on my last two bikes with shunt-type R/Rs without any charging failures, FWIW.
The shunt-regulator in my '09 failed after about 3 years (the records are in BC so I can't say for SURE!), so I replaced it w/ the one that's NOT a Polaris (the records are in BC so I can't say for SURE! ...Harley...?), AND I replaced the shunt-regulator in my '08 in Oct '16 at 65,383 miles, but damage had ALREADY occurred to the stator - IT failed



in Jan '17 at 68,680 miles, so BIG RED got a ride home on a wrecker, so I could replace that stator.




As a precaution I changed the regulator in my '15 shortly after I returned to BC that spring (17 Apr '17) w/ a Polaris.



I would recommend changing it.

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[B]The shunt-regulator in my '09 failed after about 3 years (the records are in BC so I can't say for SURE!), so I replaced it w/ the one that's NOT a Polaris (the records are in BC so I can't say for SURE! ...Harley...?), AND I replaced the shunt-regulator in my '08 in Oct '16 at 65,383 miles, but damage had ALREADY occurred to the stator - IT failed

would recommend changing it.

I like the way that worked out with the rectifier plugs facing the front. I have mine facing the rear and it is quite crowded.. I'll have to maybe change it when I check the valves again next month.

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