Just thought I would pass this on to everyone. The Versys got a little tlc on the weekend: fresh plugs, new synthetic oil, cleaned the air filter, and chain maintenance. Finished up with a good wash and all 3 stages of Mother's California Gold. Looks brand new!
So, I scrubbed the hell out of the chain with a Grunge Brush. Turned the wheel and the chain still sounded like a bicycle chain with sand in it. Cleaned the rear sprocket really well, same thing. So, I took the cover off where the front sprocket is. Holy crap, was I surprised to pull out a golf ball sized blob of grease and dirt from right inside that cover. I removed the sensor that's in front of the sprocket, scraped the rest of the crap out, cleaned it out with wd40, and blew it out with compressed air. Good as new now!
The chain was pretty clean when I bought the bike. I've kept up the maintenance sice I've had it. Has anyone else ever cleaned out from in behind there to find a mess like that?
Current bike - 2007 Versys, black
Givi v46 topcase, Oxford Heaterz, Motowerks lowering blocks, Barkbuster VPS hand guards, Evotech radiator cover, Hepco Becker crash bars, Aprilia Tuono mirrors, Seat Concepts all carbon look seat
I did mine the other day. I also could not believe how dirty it was . I kept seeing sports of grease on the garage floor could not figure out where it was coming from till I took off the front sprocket cover.