Ok, I will confess I had a strong idea that my stock starter solenoid was going out and I ordered a new one from ebay almost right away.
While I was waiting for shipment, which did not take long- I did go through the routine of checking for loose connections, etc., and found none. The bike had been totally apart 6,500 or some odd miles back down to the bones, and I pretty well knew my connections were good, and either packed in dielectric grease, or locked down with the blue stuff.
The ebay starter solenoid arrived today.
I had pulled the stock one out last night, and the bike was waiting patiently for the new one for the sake of, "I bet this takes care of the problem".
The new one from ebay is admitted in the listing as being China-sourced. That being said, who knows-- mother Kawi could have sourced our stock ones from China for that matter.
A quick inspection yielded a unit made at least as good as mother Kawi's solenoid, if not a perfect clone (or they both came from a similar source 8 years apart from each other).
The new one from ebay even came with a fuse already in place, and new Allen bolts.
Below, I compared the two side by side (images with the light blue background). The new one was a perfect fit. Like my old one, I set my harness connections in some dielectric grease, as well as a thin smidge on the other contacts.
Once installed, I re-connected my battery and hit the key. One light tap on the starter button and she was smiling (uhh, running..).
I buttoned her all back up in plastics, couple more test-start-runs for confidence and I am calling this a success.
To reiterate, my 2008 Kawasaki Versys was slowly over the course of a couple weeks starting to give me some "click-click-clicks" when you would attempt to engage the starter button. It would eventually "go"-- but last week it got out to about 6 click attempts before it was starting, and I knew it wasn't the battery, and likely not much of the other things I checked routinely anyway.
I forget the exact price of one direct from Kawi parts sources, but I think it was upward of a hundred bucks.
I will update this every so often to state how it's working.
Oh yeah, my stock 2008 solenoid failed or was coughing out the stated symptoms here at about 22,000 miles on her.
That's all, ride safe.
Couple pics to show where to find this thing on your first gen Versys, more or less how it's connected, the panel it lives behind, and how it compares to the stock unit.