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Versys 650 LT Suspension/ Suspension Set Up

Can the new shock be retrofitted to the older models? I would love to have the preload adjuster!
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Yes it shoud be an easy swap. But you have to find a proper spot to mount the adjuster. What is wrong with the older model shock preloads anyway?

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Can the new shock be retrofitted to the older models? I would love to have the preload adjuster!
Strikes me that (w/out knowing the co$t of the new Kawi shock...) you'd be further ahead replacing your shock w/ an aftermarket BETTER one.

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Strikes me that (w/out knowing the co$t of the new Kawi shock...) you'd be further ahead replacing your shock w/ an aftermarket BETTER one.
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BTW kojack - BOTH my Vs have Yamaha R1 shocks.


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Isn't the R1 shock not exactly plug and play?
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Isn't the R1 shock not exactly plug and play?
Correct. But by adding another spring and altering both ends from 10mm to (roughly) 12mm, you're done!

And, occasionally one comes up in the FOR SALE section.

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Correct. But by adding another spring and altering both ends from 10mm to (roughly) 12mm, you're done!

And, occasionally one comes up in the FOR SALE section.
So, a shock that is not considered good enough for the R1 riders is a shock you are willing to buy? Are they that much cheaper than buying a made for the Versys shock?

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So, a shock that is not considered good enough for the R1 riders is a shock you are willing to buy? Are they that much cheaper than buying a made for the Versys shock?
Suggest you try the SEARCH function for the R1 shock and spring. A LOT of us (inc "jdrocks") run R1 shocks. The Yam guys pull them off to put Ohlins on, so we get a PDG shock for a bargain price....

The R1 shock is GREAT - it has rebound damping, as well as BOTH high-speed and low-speed compression damping in addition to preload. I'll attach a .pdf of its instructions:
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Suspension Set-up

I've viewed a few videos on YouTube with regard to suspension settings for the Versys LT. I've yet to find a sweet spot where the settings are good for most paved roads. I still feel too much wallow/pogo action in the front end, and dislike how much it dives when the front brakes are applied during spirited riding.

I would like member feedback about URLs and Videos regarding recommended suspension settings for this machine, and welcome comments from personal experience.
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My PERSONAL settings for my '15 650 - forks BACK to stock (6.5 turns CW from FULL SOFT), and installed my Yamaha R1 shock (13.8 kg/mm spring) to 'fix' the rear.

I'm 178# 'soaking-wet'.

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Set your sag first. Gustavo has a great thread. The 2015 has a shorter total suspension travel in the front at 6 inches, with available travel at 5 1/4 inches. I am 160 pounds, have my preload at min, and my rider sag is 1 1/2 inches or 25%.
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums....html#post5725
Using the front and rear brakes together will drastically reduce nose dive, and a good habit to learn. Another alternative is to raise the level of fork oil and reduce the air gap.
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Yep, I would start by setting sag to 1/4 - 1/3 of suspension travel and damping to mid-range.
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So, a shock that is not considered good enough for the R1 riders is a shock you are willing to buy? Are they that much cheaper than buying a made for the Versys shock?
One man's thrash is another mans treasure... The guys who swap out their R1 shocks are generally track day riders or really aggressive street riders. Also, going from zero adjustment to some adjustment is definitely an improvement, albeit a small one...
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I'm 160lbs without gear and I managed to work out the front dive a little bit by playing with the rebound and preload. The rear is still a pogo stick tho, I think I'll try backing out preload all the way to see if it helps.
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I do like Eddie...........set to stock (settings are in the OM), back the rear shock off to softest setting and add four clicks to the front pre-load. I'm 5'9", 170 lbs. Most of my riding is solo with an OEM top case.
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One man's thrash is another mans treasure... The guys who swap out their R1 shocks are generally track day riders or really aggressive street riders. Also, going from zero adjustment to some adjustment is definitely an improvement, albeit a small one...
I would hazard to say that an R1 shock, IF it was made by "OHLINS", would be VERY pricey, so we get the benefit of an outstanding shock for a BARGAIN...!
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