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NEW versys incoming

new to me at least, picking up a 16 LT model with 3k on it this sunday, a few nice addons, like a givi rear carrier plate, adv monster lights. 30 mm risers, motorwerks footpeg lowering blocks, new TKC70's and a bigger puig windscreen.

gotta move to a lighter bike, the concours 14 im on weighs 700+ lbs and im actually nervous riding it. i shattered my left leg and down to 60% use, just enough so that if i drop the big beast i cant pick it up anymore. parking lot/ garage shenanigans are exercises in hoping i dont tip over.

this looks like the lighter bike route to go.

on a related note, who makes a good centerstand. have the homemade crutch jack for my KLR. but really prefer a centerstand for a touring oriented bike.
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new to me at least, picking up a 16 LT model with 3k on it this sunday, a few nice addons, like a givi rear carrier plate, adv monster lights. 30 mm risers, motorwerks footpeg lowering blocks, new TKC70's and a bigger puig windscreen.

gotta move to a lighter bike, the concours 14 im on weighs 700+ lbs and im actually nervous riding it. i shattered my left leg and down to 60% use, just enough so that if i drop the big beast i cant pick it up anymore. parking lot/ garage shenanigans are exercises in hoping i dont tip over.

this looks like the lighter bike route to go.

on a related note, who makes a good centerstand. have the homemade crutch jack for my KLR. but really prefer a centerstand for a touring oriented bike.
I have a prop stand, which allows me to lift both the front or rear wheel for chain lube or tire plugging, it fits easily in the top of my Trekker case, I don't know of any other simple device that lifts the front wheel, strictly for tire plugging. Cost me nothing, to make less than $25. I have photos in the How To Forum. When home I use a pit stand or the Venom triple tree stand. That is a lowered 2015 650 Versys, I used the same when I had the 07.
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need to get a front stand, ive always had centerstands and just tied the rear down to work on the front, venom brand you say.

have a rear stand, can a versys accept spools?
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new to me at least, picking up a 16 LT model with 3k on it this sunday, a few nice addons, like a givi rear carrier plate, adv monster lights. 30 mm risers, motorwerks footpeg lowering blocks, new TKC70's and a bigger puig windscreen.

gotta move to a lighter bike, the concours 14 im on weighs 700+ lbs and im actually nervous riding it. i shattered my left leg and down to 60% use, just enough so that if i drop the big beast i cant pick it up anymore. parking lot/ garage shenanigans are exercises in hoping i dont tip over.

this looks like the lighter bike route to go.

on a related note, who makes a good centerstand. have the homemade crutch jack for my KLR. but really prefer a centerstand for a touring oriented bike.
I have a '15 with now 67k miles on it. I came off of a c-10 Connie that hauled me all over N. America. The itty bitty six fiddy does a marvelous job in it's place and is really a blast once you get to there once you farkle it to want you want/need.

BTW, a Rostra cruise control is installable, quexpress did a marvy write up on it, though you will have to mount it in a different location than he shows on an LT. I replaced the evap canister on my bike.

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And most of Canada too, eh?
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that's a very clean bike.
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Yeah, Iím kinda obsessive about it. Also helps that I donít ride in the rain or do any dirt or gravel roads. At my age, and health, Iím a fair weather rider. Iíve got a KLX 250s to get dirty, and occasionally go trail riding with my Grandson.

Actually, Iím no where close to the cleanliness that Weljo2001 does! I was in awe of the post where he cleaned out his sprocket cover!
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picked up the newish LT model today, after riding it round a few hours here are my impressions of it.

its not tall. not to me at least. 5'9" w a 32 inseam and its perfectly doable, not flat footed doable but balls of both feet down with good control no problem.

gotta do something with the seat, that driving me into the tank shiznit has GOT TO GO. ill be taking a closer look at the spacer mod to get this under control.
then when i can actually sit on the whole seat ill see if its gonna be long distance worthy. theres a medium alaska sheepskin pad on standby..

it turns QUICK. its compact front to back and the steering is light the TKC 70's that are on it now will probably live out their natural life. but a set of good sport touring rubber is going on at the first swap

theres a puig touring screen on it now, the stock was included in the deal as well, itll probably stay in the plastic the puig does pretty well. and ive got good klim/stitch gear to handle any rain that gets by it. thats gotta be a windmill from hell with the little stock screen, not for me.

suspension feels a little soft need to break out the sag tape and get it set up to my 220lb self.

brakes, heard a lot about how the slide pin brakes are inadequate, not so much im thinking get into the abs and the rear wheel is floating thats good enough and more than most can handle, probably hit up speigler for a set of braided stainless lines. i prefer braided lines on all my bikes anyway.

motor, a bit fluffy under 4k but wants to rev like nobody's business. and decently smooth as well, yay rubber engine mounts. may get a flash from steve to clean up the low end, top end is fine.

gearing..WHOA stop 6000 rpm at 80mph indicated? is this normal. there may be a 43 tooth rear in the near future. im not used to running that many revs, motor seems perfectly fine with it
im a bit bugged out about it tho.. thats not natural. remember im coming from a concours 14 turn 6k on that in top gear and you are well north of go to jail speeds.

the luggage is good, kawa did a nice job on it. obviously made by givi but still they put the effort in to provide decent luggage. it will even fit my schuberth C3 pro lid in a side bag with room for other stuff, not a lot of side cases can manage that. well done to kawasaki.

lighting, headlights are meh, not the worst, but could be better. i have a set of cyclops H7 led bulbs that were supposed to go in my klr, ill try em in the versys and see what happens. if theres a bracket that will let me mount some good cyclops optimia driving lights without having to mount a crash cage please speak up.

dash layout, not bad, like the dual tripmeters and it has a fuel gauge yes!! the tach is good and legible, the digital speedo is weird to my old fashioned self but its easily readable ill adapt.

need to hit up motorworks for the above the dash bracket to mount my GPS and a voltmeter/usb charging port.

OH and which little 5 foot nothing 120lb size 4 shoe wearing engineer designed the footpegs. the bike came with motorworks lowering blocks on it but there not much there to lower. does anyone know of a bigger footpeg suited to someone with a size 11EE foot? that will fit this bike? they feel like tricycle pedals after the plastic is broken off of em..


those are my first initial impressions after 3 hours of ownership. feel free to comment in fact please comment of you have any ideas, especially in the gearing and footpeg dept..

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Here is some info on foot pegs:-
https://www.webbikeworld.com/kawasak...ide-foot-pegs/


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picked up the newish LT model today, after riding it round a few hours here are my impressions of it.

its not tall. not to me at least. 5'9" w a 32 inseam and its perfectly doable, not flat footed doable but balls of both feet down with good control no problem.

gotta do something with the seat, that driving me into the tank shiznit has GOT TO GO. ill be taking a closer look at the spacer mod to get this under control.
then when i can actually sit on the whole seat ill see if its gonna be long distance worthy. theres a medium alaska sheepskin pad on standby..

it turns QUICK. its compact front to back and the steering is light the TKC 70's that are on it now will probably live out their natural life. but a set of good sport touring rubber is going on at the first swap

theres a puig touring screen on it now, the stock was included in the deal as well, itll probably stay in the plastic the puig does pretty well. and ive got good klim/stitch gear to handle any rain that gets by it. thats gotta be a windmill from hell with the little stock screen, not for me.

suspension feels a little soft need to break out the sag tape and get it set up to my 220lb self.

brakes, heard a lot about how the slide pin brakes are inadequate, not so much im thinking get into the abs and the rear wheel is floating thats good enough and more than most can handle, probably hit up speigler for a set of braided stainless lines. i prefer braided lines on all my bikes anyway.

motor, a bit fluffy under 4k but wants to rev like nobody's business. and decently smooth as well, yay rubber engine mounts. may get a flash from steve to clean up the low end, top end is fine.

gearing..WHOA stop 6000 rpm at 80mph indicated? is this normal. there may be a 43 tooth rear in the near future. im not used to running that many revs, motor seems perfectly fine with it
im a bit bugged out about it tho.. thats not natural. remember im coming from a concours 14 turn 6k on that in top gear and you are well north of go to jail speeds.

the luggage is good, kawa did a nice job on it. obviously made by givi but still they put the effort in to provide decent luggage. it will even fit my schuberth C3 pro lid in a side bag with room for other stuff, not a lot of side cases can manage that. well done to kawasaki.

lighting, headlights are meh, not the worst, but could be better. i have a set of cyclops H7 led bulbs that were supposed to go in my klr, ill try em in the versys and see what happens. if theres a bracket that will let me mount some good cyclops optimia driving lights without having to mount a crash cage please speak up.

dash layout, not bad, like the dual tripmeters and it has a fuel gauge yes!! the tach is good and legible, the digital speedo is weird to my old fashioned self but its easily readable ill adapt.

need to hit up motorworks for the above the dash bracket to mount my GPS and a voltmeter/usb charging port.

OH and which little 5 foot nothing 120lb size 4 shoe wearing engineer designed the footpegs. the bike came with motorworks lowering blocks on it but there not much there to lower. does anyone know of a bigger footpeg suited to someone with a size 11EE foot? that will fit this bike? they feel like tricycle pedals after the plastic is broken off of em..


those are my first initial impressions after 3 hours of ownership. feel free to comment in fact please comment of you have any ideas, especially in the gearing and footpeg dept..
Yep, 6000 RPMs at 80. That's normal. The cool thing is it is also normal to get 50 MPG running 80. At least I do on my bike running Freeways and I weigh 250 right now.

Welcome to Versys ownership. It took me a little while to get used to some things with it but you will love this bike very soon. Believe me.
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...OH and which little 5 foot nothing 120lb size 4 shoe wearing engineer designed the footpegs. the bike came with motorworks lowering blocks on it but there not much there to lower. does anyone know of a bigger footpeg suited to someone with a size 11EE foot? that will fit this bike? they feel like tricycle pedals after the plastic is broken off of em..

those are my first initial impressions after 3 hours of ownership. feel free to comment in fact please comment of you have any ideas, especially in the gearing and footpeg dept..
I run DR650 footpegs on both my V650s. JUST require a 3/8" bolt rather than another metric one.







Once you raise the front of your seat you'll feel as if you spent MUCHO dinero, BUT didn't...! About $3 for a piece of scrap, two 6x45mm bolts, 12 = 1/4" washers.

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Constands make a good V650 centerstand. Works well. I think it cost me 140 euros.

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