Well, I stopped by the local dealer today ... they've been dogging me for a couple weeks now, and I finally got a look at the green one they've got on the sales floor. They've also agreed to work with me on a trade for my Yamaha TDM 850. I know I won't get from them what it's worth, but if they're willing to consider what I said I wanted from them, then it will probably be worth it. They were interested enough to take the green Versys off of the sales floor and put a "sold" tag on it, without having seen the TDM or having any money from me as a down payment. Maybe they're desperate for sales at the end of the month.
Getting the TDM sold was more than half the battle to get me to buy a new Versys. Considering that I haven't even put it up for sale anywhere and already had two interested parties contact me, I think I could probably have sold it easy. But thru the dealer will be easiest of all, if not the most profitable. The next half of the battle will be getting it put back together and hopefully it runs.
So a couple of questions before I go all the way on the Versys:
First, on the model in the shop I looked at today, there was a whitish stain on the front of the radiator, running vertically from top to bottom mostly on the right side (side stand side). Could this be a coolant leak? I will definitely be sure that the dealer sorts this out before the sale, but is there anything else I should be looking for?
Secondly, for the California owners, has anyone tried to remove the EVAP canister on the Versys? How did you go about re-routing the hoses? I'm asking because I really want to get the crash bars, and the Hepco & Becker ones look like the best option, but it looks like the evap canister shroud would interfere with the mounting points. Any ideas/tips would be helpful.
Thirdly, I haven't seen anyone discuss this, but is there a Service Manual available for the bike? I don't see one offered on the Kawasaki web site.
Of course I have a long list of farkles that I'll be getting once I have this bike in my hands. Hopefully this won't send me to debtors prison. Bad enough that I have two other bikes already ... Anyway, lots of good info on this forum, thanks to all of you for sharing info and pics.