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Ride without the instruments connected?

Hi, does anyone know if I could ride without the speedo etc cluster connected? I'm still looking for the buzzing and would like to eliminate the instruments as a source (I have tried the drinking straw fix) but I don't know if the bike will even run or if I'll blow a bunch of fuses (or worse). Ditto riding without the headlight. FYI, the buzzing happens with all plastics removed. TIA
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You wont blow any fuses but I am guessing it wont run. Most bikes have an angle sensor connected somewhere near the headlight to kill the motor if the angle gets too steep. IE an over ambitious wheelie.
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speedo rattle

did you try removing the gauges and shaking them. my rattle is inside the gauges. its behind the lcd screen. i wear ear plugs so i can't hear it but sometimes i take a short ride without plugs and it really rattles. if you get/make some foam washers for the gauge screws and leave them loose it may help. put some silicone on the screw threads so you won't loose them. its a good thing i hate riding without ear plugs.
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Did you try pushing down real hard on that black plastic shroud that goes over the top of the speedo? I have a thick piece of foam rubber there. Or did you take that off too. The bike wont start without the cluster but you could wrap it with foam and tie it on. Great minds have attempted to tackle the buzz and failed. Good luck.
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Thanks for the replies...I've ridden with all plastics removed up front and still it buzzes. I did glue the faceplate on the speedo while doing the straw trick on the mode buttons but think I'll def have to go in again and look at the instruments.
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This is a Versys owners "oil thread". I'd be interested in your findings.
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Enigma did a very good write-up that involves the instrument cluster in a sticky above if you haven't checked that thread:

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=6904

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thanks, that thread is where I got the drinking straws idea to attend to the mode/reset rattle..as post #6 says in that thread, the rattle/buzz appears to be from behind the LCD screen. I'll take another peek today, maybe see if it runs w/o the instruments (to pinpoint the source of the buzzing). Definitely will try adding foam inside the instruments as per post 48.
Fingers crossed, here we go again

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Am happy to report the bike operates perfectly without the instruments...useful info for those trying to isolate the buzzing. My speedo is the source, now I just have to fix it
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no surprise

I had a Spectre 1100 that had the instrument mount break and I had to unplug them while getting the mount fixed. it worked perfectly without any instrumentation, but I had no idea how fast I was going...lol
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Yes Officer, I was trying to find the source of buzzing...for the last 100 miles
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Good find Dav!
I am bringing mine to the shop for the 15k service and wanted to pull the bodywork and gauge cluster- Buzz control and Reset button repair.
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