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Anyone Know is this a Warranty Issue

I've owned my 2009 Versys for a little over a month and have about 1050 miles on it and having spent a lot of time educating myself on this forum. I would like to know has anyone taken their bike back to the dealer and told them fix the bike as it's under warranty-it being-and not wanting to beat a dead horse-the cowling buzz which is driving me crazy. I appreciate a lot of the members on here are more mechanically inclined than I am and can access the instrument cluster while on the other hand I did spend $5000 plus to purchase this motorcycle and expected a little more in quality/workmanship.
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I never did that myself but there are others on here who did--Kawasaki has an update kit for known buzzing at the cowl issues. All it is is foam tape and those who have had it done say it started to buzz again later.
I took mine all apart( fairly easy) and used thin foam tape on all contact spots I could find also following the sticky on here about cowling buzz. So far mine has stayed gone or I've gotten use to it.
But back to your question, if the dealership doubts it, have them call--it is a known issue.
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The less the dealer touches your bike the better off you are!!!

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The less the dealer touches your bike the better off you are!!!

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I feel like that in most circumstances.
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The less the dealer touches your bike the better off you are!!!

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Thats why I did it myself after what the great members here wrote, made it easier to do with all the info and pics.


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My dealer in houston told me it was not a warranty issue and that all of the bikes do it...it's just normal. They would not fix it. Nor would they stand behind a clutch cable that frayed at the ends way too prematurely.

I'm not impressed with my dealer.
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Thanks everyone

And yet they all want to sell you extended warranty programs.
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I have read and heard a lot on Buzz. Every new member who post a message here will write about Vib and Buzz. I got my 09 and its been a year and half and I dont get the buzz. Once my dealer lost a rubber washer ( when servicing ) for the cowling and the V buzz, Got it replaced and thats was the last time the V buzz.

Just take your time and there are a lot of info here on Buzz and Vib. Getting the cowling off or doing some small maintenance work is not rocket science and you will enjoy do it.

I spent more time on the forum and cleaning the bike than actaully riding it.

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My dealer in houston told me it was not a warranty issue and that all of the bikes do it...it's just normal.
If you haven't figured it out on your own, start looking for a new dealer... I wouldn't let the people who gave you that answer within 100 yards of my bike.

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Trade it in for a '10. They don't have that problem.

Before buying my '10, I sat on both the '09 and '10 and compared EVERYTHING since the '10 cost more. After reading on this site about the buzzing, I checked both bikes and noticed the '09's speedometer cluster is more rigid whereas the '10 appears to be loose and/or rubber mounted. It was that and other improvements that justified my purchase of the higher priced '10. Even at $7200 OTD I feel I got a bargain.

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Our 08 never has never "buzzed" my 09 started doing it. You can feel/stop it by putting your hand on the instrument cluster in the center front. That being said, I put a Madstand windshield bracket on it, and it hasn't done since.......

The 08 has a Madstand bracket also...

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Our 08 never has never "buzzed" my 09 started doing it. You can feel/stop it by putting your hand on the instrument cluster in the center front. That being said, I put a Madstand windshield bracket on it, and it hasn't done since.......

The 08 has a Madstand bracket also...

I had added all the foam to get mine to stop buzzing. Than the other day when I changed the plugs I did not put the foam back on just put a piece of black duct tape on the front of the instrument cluster and the black head light housing and the buzzing is gone.
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I would like to know has anyone taken their bike back to the dealer and told them fix the bike as it's under warranty-it being-and not wanting to beat a dead horse-the cowling buzz which is driving me crazy.
I took my 08 back and yes the buzz issue is covered by the warranty.
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I named mine "Buzzy"

I can live with that, since nearly every bike I've ever owned had a harmonic vibration somewhere in the rev range. This one is at 3500 RPM. I rarely ride in that range, so no big deal. It's not like it embarrasses me at stop lights like a Harley would. Ha Ha!

Besides, I have the obviously faster GREEN '09 model

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