I am a newbie on a Versys 650 and I think I may have gotten too much bike for my skill level. I am having difficulty controlling the throttle smoothly. Is it possible to de-tune the throttle? Can I do this myself? I would like it to give me power more slowly. The bike has way more power than I need so I would happily give up power to make the throttle easier to control.
Where are you located?
Does your 650 have O2 sensor?
the stock sprockets are 15/46 front/rear
the stock final drive ratios makes the gearing a bit hooligan like... that is making the bike feel like it has a close ratio gearbox - bit like a dirt bike/motard.
So for slow city riding the throttle response can seem harsh.
If you change the sprockets either to 16/46 or 15/44 or 15/45 it will tame the harshness, and also give you better cruising with lower rpms and a bit more tank range.
I run 16/46 and it tames the gearing so that I can still hoon around, but also 1st gear is usable now in city traffic and tight harpins
You can also try synchonising the throttle bodies... has it been done recently or checked? it really does smooth out the low rpm a bit and reduces the off and on throttle jerk you might be experiencing.
There is also the Throttle Bodies link mod - where you connect the L+R TB by linking them with a short hose via the synchronising nipples - this can reduce uneven pulses at low rpms and smooth throttle response a bit.
Don't strangle the grips.
Being too tense makes for twitchy throttle changes due to arm pump.
Relax your grip. We were told in learner school pretend the grips are tubes of toothpaste with cap off... you only need to hold it enough so that you don't squeeze out the tooth paste!
If you have big hands (4xl gloves) then grip puppies / pu55y grips etc really help reduce cramps in the hands by increasing the grip diameter - and reduces vibrations a bit.
This is my 1st road bike, Bought it because I'm a tall fat arse with a bad back.
I have the restricted learner bike in with 02 sensors and Cat.
The restrictions are not that noticeable compared to the derestricted bike - I still rarely use more then 70% throttle!
Hope this helps.