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2008 Red Versys says, "Ello. Ello."

Well, after two gen II SV650's and a 2003 Kawi Z1000, I now have a 2008 red Versys! I will never be going to a bike smaller than the Versys again....

The bike is used with 1700 miles on the clock. I paid $3850 before taxes. I think it was a pretty good deal.

Now for my questions/comments/observations....

Pretty buzzy. The high-frequency vibes in the foot pegs make my feet fall asleep....any suggestions? Maybe just keep on riding and it'll break in a bit more?

The small vibes in the bars will be remedied with a Bar Snake.

Man, this thing has short gearing! My 100-mile ride home from the dealer was spent looking for 7th gear.

I have a valve tick... valves are the sworn enemy of my mechanic. He might just get to battle them.

HOLY COW! This thing goes WAY better/faster than I ever would have expected! I do love having a proper fuel injection system.

After the SV, this thing is tall but handles very well. I'm still getting used to the different height and geometry. And I do love having a windscreen!

Now, for my main concern..... When I turn the bars from stop to stop, there is a bit of a bump towards one of the "stops." I thought it was the head bearings but my mechanic tells me (after a test ride) that the bearings are just fine. I guess it could be the head bearings, the wheel bearings, the brake calipers or the brake disks. Any sugestions? This really is my main concern at this time. Halp?

Here's a super-high-quality cell phone pic of Betty.



She was sooooo easy to get into her new nest in the garage. You can really leverage her well with the huge grab handles!

BTW, you can call me, "Doug."
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Now, for my main concern..... When I turn the bars from stop to stop, there is a bit of a bump towards one of the "stops." I thought it was the head bearings but my mechanic tells me (after a test ride) that the bearings are just fine. I guess it could be the head bearings, the wheel bearings, the brake calipers or the brake disks. Any sugestions? This really is my main concern at this time. Halp?

My thoughts are narrowed to 2 areas only. weather its the Head bearing or Wheel bearing.

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Hi Kingnothing, there are plenty of threads to search on your issues mentioned and plenty of good help out there. On the gearing issue, have just changed my rear 46 tooth sprocket to a 44 tooth and not looking for a 7th gear anymore and this also correct's speedo error.

Good luck with sorting the bugs out.

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On such a young bike I'd be surprised if it was a bearing. Does it only happen when you turn the bars one way? Some guys have noticed that their clutch cable is routed incorrectly, which has resulted in binding and premature failure. Check the wiring harness too. Welcome to the forum, BTW.
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I will never be going to a bike smaller than the Versys again....
Never say never.....Just kidding welcome and good luck with your ride !
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Do the bungie cords help with the rebound much? Ha! welcome and put a 44t on the rear. 7th gear doesn't work on these bikes and the 44 will fix it.
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