Handling Issues with Versys 2009, and binding noise.
Hi Guys, wanted to share some observations I had with my '09 V, wondering if there is any inputs from seasoned V riders.
So far I have clocked 14,000 Km on my V '09.
In my country we are allowed to lane split, however I have noticed the fine finesse of control on the V isn't like my previous motorcycles. I used to ride 400cc inline 4 standard bikes, like the suzuki 400 bandit and 400 impulse. around 180-190 KG wet weight motorcycles with lower CG, they respond with very 'crisp' to steering input and generally split through vehicles at expressway speeds with ease and is very very confidence instilling.
However, I have noticed that when I do lane splitting maneuvers at highway speeds on the V, there is a tend to drift in the previous input before the current input kicks in, If i had to describe it, it seems understeery. For example, when I perform a micro left steering input, to weave through car mirrors, the bike will tend to hang left slightly, and I will have to do a larger effort to steer the bike right to track it straight, the sometimes overshooting then the bike will weave (but think within a margin of 10 cm left right weave), most of the time I wont be able to cleanly follow the center line, like I could on my previous bikes. Now I only go for really big gaps.
In a sense, for all my previous motorcycles, Fine "micro" steering was never as ' conscious ' a process as with riding the V, its not as enjoyable to ride through the expressways now. I am kind of resigned that perhaps heavier and taller bikes behave this way (but the versys isn't all that much heavier - I am thinking), but I am hoping that there is a fix.
I assumed it was a tyre issue, but I had just changed to a fresh pair of Z8 interacts, the characteristic persists. I was wondering if it was a steering stem or wheel bearing issue, but the bike tracks straight and true with hands off the bars so I am suspecting perhaps not.
I am thinking of dropping the front tyre to a 120/60 profile to give the steering more edge, since I am a tarmac guy. Or perhaps lowering the front by 10mm to change the steering geometry.
Could I check if this a feeling shared by other riders?
At moving off speeds, really low, there seems to have a binding sound at the front end, not from the engine, but the wheel, clutch cable or suspension areas. Its like a creaky binding noise.
The sound seems more likely to appear when I steer in one direction (cant remember left or right) , and I only hear it at very low speeds. I have checked the clutch cable and it seems quite tightly wrapped around the steering stem area, could that be the issue?
2009 V ABS - 80,00KM
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Last edited by widishi; 11-21-2017 at 10:18 PM.