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I Want This Bike

I'm inches from pulling out the plastic for a new '13 Versys. Did tons of reading and this bike seems like it.

Except -- the word "buzzy" keeps coming up.

What's the deal?
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Mine ain't buzzy.
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Earplugs are your friends!!!
Earplugs block noise. I interpreted the reputation for buzz as a "feeling".

Not here to knock the Versys, as I said, I'm inches away on pulling the trigger.
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Do it!

My Versys gets the nod more often than my GL1800 and Vulcan 1600. Love the light feel and responsiveness. But each do great at what they were made for. Thin washer fluid tubeing around the gap of speedo and cowl will address buz.
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Thin washer fluid tubeing around the gap of speedo and cowl will address buz.
The cowl buzz problem doesn't scare me one bit. Is that it? There is no real reputation for vibration from the chassis?

No dealers here allow test rides for me to see for myself.

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Mine tickled my nether region, eventually making it numb. NO, earplugs don't help. Shifting gears up or down to get out of the buzz helped, but an aftermarket seat (used Corbin in my case) took care of the problem.

Also, I think you kinda get used to physical vibration a little bit. The first couple times I rode my Harley Sportster, it vibrated me so hard right off idle that my vision would blur (seriously), since then I've got used to the vibes, and don't even notice now.

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I was a little worried before I bought mine. But when I did, and rode it a lot, I realized it really isn't bad at all. I love it and wouldn't let that bother me one bit!

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My ZX6R was more buzzy than my Versys.
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Vibration from the engine (slight) does transmit to the handle bars a bit. Grip puppies isolate that and resolve the small diameter grip size. Best 15 buck solution.

BTW GO Gators!
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I'm inches from pulling out the plastic for a new '13 Versys. Did tons of reading and this bike seems like it.

Except -- the word "buzzy" keeps coming up.

What's the deal?
when I bought mine last fall, I noticed it right away on the test drive and I grew more irritated with it every time I drove it. oddly enough, when I added the crashbars and the skidplate, (both sw motech) it stopped almost completely. I was going to follow the many suggestions on this forum to eliminate the problem, but its not an issue for me now. but I will do them eventually to maybe get rid of that last 5% . hope you get one --I don't think you will regret it.-----------
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What are you comparing it to? If you have only driven high end cars, then yes there is a buzz. There is no more than any other bike I have ridden. I wear ear plugs at all times and do kot notice any horrible buzz people speak of.

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[QUOTE=Gatorfan;518313]Earplugs block noise. ;QUOTE]
Did I say that you were supposed to put them in your ears??????


Mine doesn't "buzz", & if it does, it's just what any reasonable motorcyclist who has owned more than a few 'bikes would come to expect from a horizontal twin!
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When I add crash bars and changed out the handlebars the vibe was gone. Did both at about the same time so not sure which was more responsible. It was never that bad on mine anyway.

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I'm inches from pulling out the plastic for a new '13 Versys. Did tons of reading and this bike seems like it.

Except -- the word "buzzy" keeps coming up.

What's the deal?
It's no more buzzy than any other bike of it's style

JUST DO IT


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I love my 2011 10x as much as I did the day I brought it home :P
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I am new to the Versys also, and a question I have in this regard is: Is there a difference in the 08 & 09 models and the newer ones? Mine is a 2012 and I am very happy with its smoothness at highway speeds (5k to 6k).

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I caught a buzz a couple of times and tried not to ride the V!





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I am new to the Versys also, and a question I have in this regard is: Is there a difference in the 08 & 09 models and the newer ones? Mine is a 2012 and I am very happy with its smoothness at highway speeds (5k to 6k).

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The 2nd gen buzz comes from the trim ring around the headlight, easily fixed with some self adhesive foam.
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