Goodbye Yamaha, g'day V........ - Kawasaki Versys Forum
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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-18-2009, 06:03 AM Thread Starter
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Goodbye Yamaha, g'day V........

Brand new V was dropped off @ mine last night and sadly ye old xs650 was taken for a trade in...
Sorry to see the ole girl go........BuT.................OMFG what a joyride.....
Went out for a spin today on various road surfaces and varying speeds and when i hopped off to take a pic, heart was hammering like I'd just downed 3 coffees...
Few things to get used to, finding the rear brake locks pretty damn easy and will have to adjust front brake for a better grip. And getting used to instant throttle response might take a few days, was bouncing/jumping a bit going slow in 1st & 2nd ...
I've never had that snap on power in my old bikes before, 2nd and 3rd roll wrist and , wowsa, LoVe It

So big cheers for all who helped me on the BMW f650CS or Versys thread, twas a great read and very helpful........

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just curious what you got on trade in on the xs650....those things are popular with the chopper bobber guys....a decent running one with a clear title is worth a grand$$ or more....they make great little rigids...check ebay
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Nice choice, nice shots!
You'll be happy with this bike

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Congrats! Love the way you went straight for the dirt!!

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Glad to see you went with the V, I get the feeling you will be much happier with it than you would have been with the BMW.

Enjoy it and keep us updated with upgrades and travels.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-19-2009, 04:21 AM
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Love the green and you will be happy. Check the throttle cable free play. Mine had way to much free play causing a jerky (bouncing/jumping) response that really show up in the low gears. You might want to read in the forum about the vacuum hose mod that makes a difference in the low end throttle response. Some people like it some don't. Check the clutch cable free play also. This is a great forum for Versys owners there is a lot of info here. Congrats on the Versys and have fun.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2009, 05:39 AM Thread Starter
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woohoo, slow reply me bad, ok, ok me out just hav'n fun
tsunamichop007, It was about $2500 for the xs650 and sure could've grabbed a few more $ maybe selling through the paper, though in this "climate" I'm not sure, also a quick way to clear some space
I adjusted the throttle and its better, just need to get used to it i spose and also the engine braking, phew.
Just came back from a ride to test out the topbox rear rack i made. Shame its such a slow seller here, 8 weeks I would've had to wait for a rack, yikes!!!
What a fun ride this wee bike is, I see a dirt track and go "what the hell" rooma zoom zoom and now I'm searching google maps for rides further afield.
This bike makes me want to go on a journey...
Cheers ,
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2009, 06:04 AM
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another satisfied customer
makes you wonder why the bike isn't being promoted more.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2009, 03:26 PM
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Man, I love the blacked out parts on the '09. Makes the bike look more "bad".

It's one fun machine that gets the job done, for sure.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 09:55 AM
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Congrats on the new bike, it gets better the more you ride.

I hear ya on the blacked out 09 atgatt. willyflow has a blacked out red "08" that has that look, I'm highly considering it for mine.

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