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I have my first WTF?? with my 2015 LT

I had an 06 Ninja 650 when they first came out. So I'm no stranger to the fairing buzz. But this has me stumped. It started out of the blue, and scared the bejesus out of me. The bike has just under 200 miles on her. I was coming to a stop and I started to hear a very strange vibration coming from down below. Thoughts of the balancing mechanism coming apart was the first thing that came to mind. Then, after about 20 minutes of sweating bullets thinking the worst, I found that when I come to a stop, my weight pushes into the tank, causing it to vibrate on something. I put pressure (backwards) on the tank, and it stopped. Anyone have any idea what it could be? The sound is kind of like slightly letting a fan blade slowly spin against your finger tip.

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Well... turns out it is in fact fairing buzz. It's pretty extreme... much worse than the Ninja had it.

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I don't think I have experienced the fairing buzz on my LT as of yet. Just rode it home from work and didn't notice it anyway.
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Geez, can't Kawasaki figure this out? These bikes have only been out for what...seven or eight years?
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Well... turns out it is in fact faring buzz. It's pretty extreme... much worse than the ninja had it.
Well this proves it's a REAL Versys! No Buzz and it'd have to be a fake!

Or was that look THEN leap?
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Well this proves it's a REAL Versys! No Buzz and it'd have to be a fake!
My 2012 never had any fairing buzz, but a 2015 has a NEW fairing don't they? It's just an opportunity to torque down all your fasteners. The 2015 was a late to market year too, since so many changes; so they probably didn't get a chance to remember to retorque all the parts while it was sitting waiting on late parts

It sounded like a loose fairing part(s) from the sound of it: it sounded like several things went wrong at once, didn't it? I'm glad that is all it was (I think all Vs. owners were!!) Drive safe and don't grin too much.

Even with Good "Wrench's" working on your bike, its good to look over wiring and retorque fasteners. You never know what you find, especially if you think you are getting a good deal in labor time! The finishing 'details' can double the labor time, and are easy to do too.

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Try getting into the habit of releasing your front brake when at a stop.
Letting the front wheel loose cuts way down on vibrations when stationary.

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My 2012 has never had any type of fairing buzz either. I had always thought it was the first gen that had the fairing buzz, kind of surprised to hear that a new one has it.

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The fairing buzz in my 2012 was awful so I made the dealer fix it ... twice under warranty. It hasn't happened since.
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The fairing buzz in my 2012 was awful so I made the dealer fix it ... twice under warranty. It hasn't happened since.

What did the dealer do to stop the buzzing?


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My 2011 had it and it was awful. For me (and lots of others) it was the plastic surrounding the headlight. I just wedged some rubber strips in there and it was gone.
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I had a 2010 and now I have a 2014, both have serious fairing buzz, the 2010 was worse. I don't really mind as I always ride with earplugs, but without ear plugs it is quite annoying.
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500 miles now on my 15 vs650 lt, haven't noticed any buzzing coming from fairings. However, i have yet to rev the engine past the 6k mark. What I did notice is that my dealer did an inadequate job of torquing many of the fairing screws and anything they had to prep. I mean they were not even "hand tight".
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My 2014 has a pretty hefty buzz and rattle in the front fairing area. I'll fix it , when the weather warms up a fuzz. Right now it's being ridden.

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My 13' buzzing starter around 2000 miles. Took the whole instrument cluster off and used e-tape and weather stripping on various internal parts. There's a post describing the entire procedure (pics and all http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...airing+Buzzing). Not an easy job but problem solved. Then buzzing surfaced in a different locations (faring). Fixed that by adding nylon washers and tightening up each hex bolt. Buzzing can be eliminated...just takes a process of elimination approach.

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500 miles now on my 15 vs650 lt, haven't noticed any buzzing coming from fairings. However, i have yet to rev the engine past the 6k mark. What I did notice is that my dealer did an inadequate job of torquing many of the fairing screws and anything they had to prep. I mean they were not even "hand tight".
CHECK and re-torque (as necessary) ALL your brake-caliper bolts! Some of the Gen 1s had them VERY loose, and some were lost.

Torque values are 25 lb/ft front, 18 lb/ft rear (on Gen 1 and 2s).

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had a 2006 650 r and it buzzed like crazy. my 2013 was quiet and great till the end of last season, and it started. This spring the whole thing is coming apart and I will try to solve it for good. Nature of the beast that is the Versys.

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had a 2006 650 r and it buzzed like crazy. my 2013 was quiet and great till the end of last season, and it started. This spring the whole thing is coming apart and I will try to solve it for good. Nature of the beast that is the Versys.
I think it's like gambling casino probabilities: the chance of getting a lazy "wrench" working on your bike at some time shows up later down the road is likely.
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Hmmm...somehow that's not surprising. I was very put out over the buzzy cheap Kawasaki fit and finish quality with my '09 Versys. I still have my Versys and like it. But the last three bikes I have purchased have been Honda's and a BMW..all used and cheaper than a NEW Versys and no buzz. However, I was asked to pay $564 for rear brake rotor. You pick your poison I guess.

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I had an 06 Ninja 650 when they first came out. So I'm no stranger to the fairing buzz. But this has me stumped. It started out of the blue, and scared the bejesus out of me. The bike has just under 200 miles on her. I was coming to a stop and I started to hear a very strange vibration coming from down below. Thoughts of the balancing mechanism coming apart was the first thing that came to mind. Then, after about 20 minutes of sweating bullets thinking the worst, I found that when I come to a stop, my weight pushes into the tank, causing it to vibrate on something. I put pressure (backwards) on the tank, and it stopped. Anyone have any idea what it could be? The sound is kind of like slightly letting a fan blade slowly spin against your finger tip.
I've had an 07 Ninja with fairing buzz.

I've now got the 2015 Versys with no fairing buzz. I assumed they had fixed it.

My bike now has 10,000km (6,000 miles) on it with at least 2-300km of dirt roads. No issues with fairing buzz. But, on dirt roads it does rattle a bit from the headlight area. Just letting me know that its not really an adventure bike.

I have found that you need to keep a close eye on the all the fittings that attach the screen. These do come loose and you can lose them. Nearly lost one of the large adjusting knobs, did lose one of the small allen key fasteners that attach the screen.

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