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Hi I hoping someone can offer a bit of advice.

1. Versys is rattling, I cant pin point it, but is sounds like its comming from under the tank on right side. Any write ups on how to fix? Where do they rattle the most? Mine is an 09. I tried cowling and speedo but they didnt seems to stop rattle.

2. Seat. Does you butt ever get used to the seat on long rides?

3. Is the kawasaki luggage worth it? Seems to me i would just strap on a few bags and be good to go. Vs. Spending $500 on bags and another $200 on mounting.


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I'll give my opinion on #3. I have the Givi luggage which is the same as the Kaw setup. I really don't like it. Although it looks nice, it doesn't seem very functional for my purposes. I use this bike to tour and camp so I need to throw a waterproof bag across the back of the seat which covers the top of the boxes. Since they are top loaders, I really have to remove the bag to get into the boxes. Very inconvenient. I would much rather have some homely pelican boxes that are much more durable and functional.
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what do you consider a long ride?

and I found the Vibration noise on my 09 coming from the plstic piece the wraps around the top of the speedo. I just widged a piece of paper in the corner between that and the windscreen mount.
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my butt aches after about 30 miles on the seat.
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1. i haven't completely fixed mine yet, but there are plenty of write-ups on the site. one is a sticky note.
2. not likely.
3. nothing wrong with waterproof saddlebags.

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There are lots of threads about the seat, which some people think is OK and some think is terrible - including me. I reshaped mine, removed the cover and shaped the foam so it is level instead of sloping downwards. I can now ride it for several hours instead of thirty minutes.

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so you simply remove the covering and cut it level with a knife?
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If you haven't tried reshaping foam rubber, you better practice on something else first.
Tools required:
Dremel tool
Angle grinder
Electric knife (normal knife will not cut it...pun intended)
sand paper
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lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of patience
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1. The best fix for the rattling is the earplugs you should be wearing anyway.
2. I've put thousands of miles on the stock seat. I think most of the people around here were born with a sensitive derriere.
3. I have the Givi luggage and I love it, but if i had it to do over again I might go with the quick release sw motech racks with seahorse cases bolted on.
My brother has that setup on his BMW and it costs half as much and you can take 90% of the rack structure off with a screwdriver in seconds.
http://seahorsecases.com/Merchant2/m..._Code=SE_CASES
http://www.adventuremotorcycleparts....Store_Code=amp
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Green or Blue?

I just picked up my Blue one last Saturday, and like most on here, can relate to your points.
The Cowl buzz just started for me yesterday- 6-700 miles in. No tank buzz (yet). How many miles did you have before you heard that?
The seat doesn't seem that bad, though probably haven't ridden more than an hour and a half with out a stop and stretch session. I checked out the seat mod, but it seems like there isn't a lot of foam where I sit, right at the back of the seat. I have an Air Hawk and a Sheepskin seat pad that I may try, though the seat is up-there for me as it is.
I've always run soft luggage on my bikes before. I have the Ortlieb throw-overs from Aero-stich that worked on the TDM. Also a set of the Chase Harper Sport bags that I used on the Bandit. Neither one works on the Versys. The short distance between the start of the pillion seat and the turn signals, as well as the grab handle placement and the lack of a rear rack, or even a spoiler, is what causes it. I ordered the SW Motech set-up, both rear rack hardware and Contour side rack mounts. Also ordered the Givi plx35's though I'm pretty sure I could run either set of soft bags with the additional length and structure added by the racks. Also the signal relocation. Twisted Throttle has a good return policy. If I get it all and it doesn't seem like it'll work I'll only cost me return shipping. No Scratches though!

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I've always run soft luggage on my bikes before. I have the Ortlieb throw-overs from Aero-stich that worked on the TDM.... Neither one works on the Versys. The short distance between the start of the pillion seat and the turn signals, as well as the grab handle placement and the lack of a rear rack, or even a spoiler, is what causes it.
i have ortleibs also, but hadn't yet tried them on the V. your post made me wonder, so i went down and mounted them up right quick. they went on with no problems. do you actually throw them over? i place the straps under the saddle (and thru the grab handles). i'll post a pic later.

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@Baron650-got mine used with 1100 miles. Buzzed on the test ride.
I also have an air hawk. Hate it and never use it.
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wow, those are nice. How much?
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Yeah, they look good. Always went over the seat with the TDM. I'll try mine again.
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Hi I hoping someone can offer a bit of advice.

1. Versys is rattling, I cant pin point it, but is sounds like its comming from under the tank on right side. Any write ups on how to fix? Where do they rattle the most? Mine is an 09. I tried cowling and speedo but they didnt seems to stop rattle.

2. Seat. Does you butt ever get used to the seat on long rides?

3. Is the kawasaki luggage worth it? Seems to me i would just strap on a few bags and be good to go. Vs. Spending $500 on bags and another $200 on mounting.


Thanks in advance.
1. Only rattling I have is the infamous cowl buzz. It's fairly low-key and intermittent on my 1300 mile machine, though. Adhesive foam tape at the contact points is the accepted fix. Can't help with the tank, however.

2. No. But it seems to bother some less than others. I'm considering sending mine to buttbuffer.com next winter to get a gel insert put in.

3. Yes for me, but I got my V with the cases and Vario screen included for less than MSRP for the bike alone. I think they're great. $700 great... hard to call. If I were going a la carte, I'd order the non-branded stuff. Same mountings with the larger (41L?) cases.

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1. No buzz from there but I had the cowl buzz

2. I have a Corbin seat, it is great if you would like to spend that much.

3. I have a Shad sh-40 trunk and firstgear silverstone softbags. They serve me well.
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wow, those are nice. How much?
aerostitch sells them, so brace yourself... looks like they're closing in on 200 bucks. mine are over ten years old, they were less costly back then. otoh, mine are over ten years old and still waterproof, so maybe 200 bucks would be money well spent.

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1. The typical rattle is from around the instruments area. If something is rattling under the tank I'd take it off to see what's loose there. Definitely not typical.

2. You may get used to the seat. It's a lot cheaper to fix it than put up with it and and have to go see a doctor later... Several custom seat options (Sargent, Corbin, Baldwin, etc.) but you can also have it fixed at a local upholstery shop (usually a lot cheaper) or, if you are the DIY type, fix it yourself (really cheap).

3. It depends. What are you going to use it for? I don't like the extra width, so I have just a large topcase (Givi V46 mounted on a SWMotech/Kawasaki rack). For most of my solo trips, that's enough luggage space. If I need extra capacity, I also have a set of those Ortlieb's shown above. Worked for us even on a 5 week long two-up trip. As long as you can keep your riding partner from bringing the kitchen sink, that is...


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Hi I hoping someone can offer a bit of advice.

1. Versys is rattling, I cant pin point it, but is sounds like its comming from under the tank on right side. Any write ups on how to fix? Where do they rattle the most? Mine is an 09. I tried cowling and speedo but they didnt seems to stop rattle.

2. Seat. Does you butt ever get used to the seat on long rides?

3. Is the kawasaki luggage worth it? Seems to me i would just strap on a few bags and be good to go. Vs. Spending $500 on bags and another $200 on mounting.


Thanks in advance.
Versys rattling. check you cowl , might be lose fit around the plug in area.


Got it done to my liking and comfort-less than USD $50.


Got the V with the Original bags-No complaints.

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