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I picked up my new 2012 V this afternoon. I like it but will want to make some changes to it. The grips are too small. I've got a little bit of arthritis in my hands and need fatter grips.

I stayed within 5k rpm on the way back. I couldn't go as low as 4k and keep up with traffic. There's a little bit of handlebar buzz in the 4k-5k range. Maybe some bar end weights would help.

I did run up to about 5300-5400 for about 15-20 seconds and there was fairly significant buzzing starting in the saddle. Not sure what can be done about that.

The horn is very weak. I'll want to change that.

The windscreen is very small. I'll want a larger one. There's a lot of noise and buffeting with the postage stamp screen on there now.

I want to add more lights front and back to be more conspicuous to others.

The pegs are a little high and a little rearward to be most comfortable.

The seat is too high and I'll probably want the lowering kit for it.

I need, want that is, some bags but don't know whether I want soft or hard bags.

This is from a ride of about 48 miles, mostly highway, from the dealer to the house. I'm sure I'll come to more definitive thoughts as time and miles go by.
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5000 rpm???? the bike is much better up in the 6500 to 7000 range
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That may be but the break in says 4k for 500 miles then 6k for 500 miles if I remember correctly.
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That may be but the break in says 4k for 500 miles then 6k for 500 miles if I remember correctly.
i wish I had bought mine new so I could break it in right instead of going by the manual. actually, it may have been done right as the first owner was very knowledgeable, as I learned from a friend of his. he died of cancer and his wife was selling his collection of vintage bmw's and aprilla's and one versys. it feels very strong in any case.

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grats on the new bike

I put on knurled oxford heated grips, they're a little fatter due to having integrated heat elements

think I put on a low tone wolo horn just to get rid of the meep meep, a little louder, but not tons...just sounds better

I like the MRA Kawi windscreen but there's several worth a look

I just slap some soft bags on to it when I need to but prefer them off if not necessary, looks much cleaner
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I also have a '12 (Black). See if you can find some Grabon foam grips. You can sometimes find them in shops or off ebay. They are larger in diameter and also help with vibration. If you ride on the highway much you might want a 16T front sprocket which will lower rpm on highway and reduce vibration.

Harbor Freight sells a Chinese knock-off of the Stebel. Very loud but requires a relay.

Set the sag. Check the chain adjustment. Ride the bike awhile before changing everything.
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Is it easier to swap out the front sprocket or the back?
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LDB: Definitely the front! I guess you would like to go from 15 to 16?

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I stayed within 5k rpm on the way back. I couldn't go as low as 4k and keep up with traffic. There's a little bit of handlebar buzz in the 4k-5k range. Maybe some bar end weights would help.

I did run up to about 5300-5400 for about 15-20 seconds and there was fairly significant buzzing starting in the saddle. Not sure what can be done about that.
That is a succinct description of the Versys. It takes a great deal of owner modification to begin bonding with a Versys.and
As far as break-in goes, you may find this interesting: http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm

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Awesome Horn See Post #23 here.

Grip Puppies for larger diameter grips. Been using mine for four years. Love them!

More Lights

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Make them flash!

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I've heard that break in argument before. It's certainly debatable.

I do want to add more lights soon and I like the gizmo to make them flash too. Hopefully I can find some really good LED's that can just plug and play.

I had a high/low pair of FIAMM horns on a couple of bikes back in the 70's. They were pretty much air horn loud without the compressor etc. and I'd like to duplicate that if possible.

Grip Puppies look like just the thing. I've emailed them asking about ordering direct.

Moto Werks has a few pieces that I probably want to add.

I do want to see about going to a 16T front. Anyone know how much change that makes?

Still looking at all the options for windshields and bags.
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LDB: Definitely the front! I guess you would like to go from 15 to 16?
In my opinion, definitely the rear!

I just changed my sprockets, the front is PITA to break loose, even with a 3' breaker bar, and you need to torque it down to 92 ft-lbs. My torque wrench maxes out at about 80 ft-lbs. It's also super helpful to have someone else there (preferably big) to hold down the brake pedal while you remove/install the front sprocket nut.

Congrats on the new bike! You'll love it. All the things you mentioned, you'll be able to address...


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I changed my front out in about 30 mintes. There is some guy on ebay selling the Stebel 138 db horn for $25 shipping included. Only down side is it is coming from China. Even includes the relay.
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Welcome, hope you enjoy your new Versys!

Lovin every minute of it!
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It will be at least a week until I can take a decent outdoor photo but here's one until then.
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Re: break-in

I found the prescribed break-in instructions in the manual to be impossibly tame. Once warmed up I rode it pretty hard, plenty of acceleration surges and engine braking. I changed the oil once at 80mi, again at 500mi, and once more at 1000mi. I don't find it possible to adhere to the manual in this area personally.
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