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Hello folks. I am the proud owner of a 2008 Versys. It is basically new with only 1400 miles on it. I bought it in St. Pete, Florida but I live in Miami, so I drove down for nearly 4 hours and now my A$$ hurts man. By the way I love the fact that it is a pretty quiet engine. Even when riding at 90 to 100 its a pretty quiet bike. AWESOME. With my old Honda cruiser, I would ride for 20 minutes at 65 and my ear drums would start beggin me to pull over or at least put some ear muffs on or something. lol I never wore the muffs though. Anyway, I got a couple of questions...
Is there any good recommendations for a seat change that can be better for long trips? I plan on traveling quite a bit on the Versys and I want it to be a comfy ride.
What is the correct way to shut off the engine? I know I can put the kickstand down, turn the key, or hit the kill switch, but I don't know if any of these options can damage the electric system in any way. Thanks...
The last question is, what is the ideal RPM average that I should ride at without messing up the engine?
I know these are lame questions, I'm just a total new-be at this Versys deal...Thanks a Lot!
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The Owners Manual says to turn the key to shut it off.
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I dont have an owners manual by the way...

Cool. Thanks
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Search around the forum and you will find the manual for download.
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Welcome Fabian to Versysdoom. I ride an 08 with the oem low gel seat. I got mine with it. I can ride on it for about two or three hours before I need a break. I heard Corbin seats are the best. However, in my opinion they are ridiculously expensive. $500 buck for a $5k bike is way too much. There's a guy out there that can customize your seat for a lot less. I heard he is some kind of miracle worker or have some kind of black magic juju that can make any standard seat into something very comfy.
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Welcome to the forum.

I am new here myself. I just got my 09 Versys last week, but I join the forums long before Versys was available here in the USA.

You can turn off the engine anyway you like, it's not going to hurt anything.

The MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) recommend you use the kill switch to turn off the engine.
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Fabian,

Manuals: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...hlight=manuals

Breaking engine in: http://mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm Once broken, you can rev it as much as you like.

Seat: What I gather in the forum, many like Corbin.

Shutting down: I think maybe 99% of bikers I know here use the ignition key.

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Welcome Fabian to Versysdoom. I ride an 08 with the oem low gel seat. I got mine with it. I can ride on it for about two or three hours before I need a break. I heard Corbin seats are the best. However, in my opinion they are ridiculously expensive. $500 buck for a $5k bike is way too much. There's a guy out there that can customize your seat for a lot less. I heard he is some kind of miracle worker or have some kind of black magic juju that can make any standard seat into something very comfy.
Black magic juju guy is Spencer, his website for seat mods is here.
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Congrats!

It's a great bike and you should have a terrific time on it.
I like the recommendation of using the kill button to cut off the bike - it makes it a reflexive action in an emergency. (It also familiarizes you with the kill switch and prevents the "Ohmigawd! The bike won't start!" drill that so many of us have been through at some point in our riding career.) However, none of the methods will hurt the bike.
A lot of us have done our own seat mods. I did mine in about 30 minutes and it cost me all of maybe $15. Looks fine and rides great. I often ride 500 miles a day and since the mod, that's not a problem. I also wear cycling shorts beneath my armor - that helps a lot too. Seamed boxers suck!
If you decide to go with the mod yourself, something I recommend, there are several threads from those of us that have done it on the forum.

The Air Hawk cushion on this Vee at our Tellico gathering provides an inexpensive, very comfortable ride. Some riders have even put them beneath the upholstery on their bikes.


Here's a Corbin from the same meet - it looks really good but I haven't had the chance to try one out myself.


Here's my mod - I used a few layers of Ensolite sleeping bag pad layered over with memory foam. It feels like I'm riding on air and doesn't slope forward at all.


Talk to the guys for a while and then go for one of the options - IMHO, the seat is probably the biggest weakness that the stock Vee has.
(For reference sake, I'm 6'5" and I weigh 220 lbs. Some lighter riders have reported that the seat is fine for them.)


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I went with the Gel seat mostly to lower the V. I'm 5'11" with a 30" inseam (yes, I'm all torso.
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MSF course uses thumb (kill switch), key (off position), valve (msf course was in a carbureted bike with a fuel valve) as the method to turn off the bike. The idea of using the kill switch is to keep the hands on the controls until you shut off power with the key.
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E.I.F to turn bikes off and F.I.N.E.C to start them up. Bonus question, What does "RTFC!" mean

As you see there are several straightforward and creative ideas for the seat. The solution I currently use (given to me free. Cant refuse that!) is the bead rider. As they say a million taxi cab drivers can't be wrong. It actually does a really good job.

Have fun with the bike!
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Hey Thanks everyone...

I really appreciate all of your prompt responses. I'm going to look into the seat details with all of the info that you guys have provided for me. What about the RPM though? I have been riding at an average between 4500 to 7500 RPM. Is that OK? Am I under-reving it? Am I over-reving it? How long is it ok to go at 7500 to 8000 RPM for?
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I usually cruise between 7k and 8k and the bike seems to be OK with it. Just ride it where it feels more comfortable to you, the bike will take it.
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