Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Eros, Louisiana
I find the front brake feel and initial bite of my 16' 650 much improved over my 08'. The first thing I noticed was the lever had the feel of other bikes I've owned or rode with a radial MC, almost immediate bite. That being said, you could maybe get lucky and find a wrecked 15' or 16' with the improved front MC and it would be a direct replacement with mirror mount. I don't know how buying salvage parts works over there though. As far as doing a radial conversion, I did several Ninja 650's (ER6F) and one 08' Versys 650 conversion using the radial MC from mid 2000's ZX6R's. Those bikes are readily available around here (young guys total them almost daily). The only modification was relocating the reservoir cup. You can see an example of this in the picture I've attached. It's from LSL who makes bar conversion kits to go from clip on sport bars to traditional bars. They might sell you just the bracket, I would just fab them myself. I've used their kits turning all out sport bikes into a more upright position sport standard, they make great stuff. A lot of options out there, hope some of this info helps you get there.
My new escape, 16' Gen3 Versys 650ABS