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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-14-2015, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Tomorrow is the Big Day!

Tomorrow I'm going to the dealership to hopefully (if everything goes right) purchase a 2015 Versys 650 LT. I'm super excited. The salesman says the dealership hasn't received the "LT kit" for the bike yet. Once they receive it I can either take the bike back and have them install it or have them ship it to me for installing. The dealership is kind of far away from where I live. He says it's an easy install. I know the bags just basically clip on.

My question is can I easily install the hand guards myself. I have installed hand guards on my quad before. Just wondering if it is easy enough to do on the V.

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2015 versys instructions
These can all be put on very easily from what I have read in the instructions.

here are all the accessories if you need the instructions click on the product and the instructions are on that product page
http://www.kawasaki.com/Accessories/Vehicle/KLE650FFF

Side bag fit kit
http://www.kawasaki.com/Content/Uplo..._999940537.pdf

hard bag instructions
http://www.kawasaki.com/Content/Uplo..._999940568.pdf

If you need to put on the trim and color panels on the bags. here are the instructions for them
color panel set
http://www.kawasaki.com/Content/Uplo..._999940422.pdf

trim set
http://www.kawasaki.com/Content/Uplo..._999940423.pdf

rear rack
http://www.kawasaki.com/Content/Uplo..._999940696.pdf

hand gaurds
http://www.kawasaki.com/Content/Uplo...217HGS0007.pdf

Hand guard covers
http://www.kawasaki.com/Content/Uplo...217HGS0008.pdf

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...My question is can I easily install the hand guards myself. I have installed hand guards on my quad before. Just wondering if it is easy enough to do on the V.

I would answer - YES - as I've removed mine, adjusted, and re-installed them.

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The only difficult part is removing the OEM weights at the end of the bars. The threadlock they use is tough to break. Use good quality tools and you will need a bit of weight to move it. I used vise grips and a rubber hammer.



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Would you mind sharing the OTD price that you're paying for your new bike, please?
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Slightly over $8,100... With the military promo Kawasaki is having right now. $500 off! I'm so happy with it!
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I would get some 3/8 inch drive metric hex sockets. You can get some at Harbour Freight at a good price. They use a lot of locktite on them.

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Good job Soldier!

Enjoy your bike. We are all jealous!
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Thanks Everyone!
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The hand guards on my V1000 are no brainers.

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Congrats Brlee! I waited 9 weeks for mine after I ordered it and like yours, the LT stuff came later.
Install the inside parts of the hand guards before you install the bolt in the bar end. The instructions didn't say anything about that and I wish it would've!
And yeah, use a socket and a breaker bar to remove the original bar end bolts.
And before you tighten it all up, just make sure that both the guards are high enough to clear the fairing.
If you plan on a 12v accessory plug, don't get the OEM one. It doesn't clear the hand guard (or at least if you plug something in, to be more specific). I put mine in an accessible spot inside the left fairing.
You will need to get to the dealer though eventually for them to key your bags.

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Thanks Again Everyone the feedback was great! Another thing I've noticed on my new V is that my headlights are rattling against my front end. This is most noticeable at idle or when coming to a stop. I can apply pressure to the headlights and the rattling will stop. I'm thinking they didn't tighten something down correctly. Anyone else have this issue with there 2015 V?

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I didn't have a headlight rattle but I did have a windshield buzz on my 15 which was an easy fix as one of the gaskets wasn't in the right place. Sounds like you need to check the assembly on your headlight and front fairing. Parts diagrams are on the Kawi website, I put on my own bags and handguards. It's easy and they come with instructions. I bought mine from the dealer I had been working at in sales so I thought I'd save them the trouble. Good luck with your new ride and much thanks for your military service.

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Glad you are enjoying your V650. Funny that you mentioned the $500 military appreciation discount from Kawasaki. When I got my 2015 V1000 I knew about the military discount, but the dealership did not. So I told the guy to look it up on Kawasaki website and he came back with a "Oh, we found it, we didn't know". I wounder how many military guys didn't get the discount, because that oversight. Funny thing there is an Army base around the corner from the dealership. Anyway they originally gave me a $1000 manager's discount, plus the $500 after I told them.

I'm loving the bike. No issues to report.
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Is the military discount for current or former military? I didn't "retire" from the Army due to only a couple years service, but I do have my discharge papers that I could show them. If they're like most folks, they wouldn't know the difference anyway.
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Glad you are enjoying your V650. Funny that you mentioned the $500 military appreciation discount from Kawasaki. When I got my 2015 V1000 I knew about the military discount, but the dealership did not. So I told the guy to look it up on Kawasaki website and he came back with a "Oh, we found it, we didn't know". I wounder how many military guys didn't get the discount, because that oversight. Funny thing there is an Army base around the corner from the dealership. Anyway they originally gave me a $1000 manager's discount, plus the $500 after I told them.

I'm loving the bike. No issues to report.
Good timing on your part. They usually price up around the military discount and give the same either way. You caught them at the end, and didn't leave them any choice.

** It's a mistake to tell them upfront because they will load up additional bs charges to make up for it.

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I think it's current and former military and your right most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference anyways.
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Is the military discount for current or former military? I didn't "retire" from the Army due to only a couple years service, but I do have my discharge papers that I could show them. If they're like most folks, they wouldn't know the difference anyway.
According to their website is for active, reserve or retired military.

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According to their website is for active, reserve or retired military.
They should accept disabled Veterans too, I would hope.
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