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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-25-2009, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Cheap alternative to a hugger

When I first got my Versys I was reading lots of threads about people in the UK having issues with their rectifiers due to ingestion of water thrown up from the rear wheel. 2nd time I rode my Versys it rained, and when I got back I looked under the bike and went "oh my". True enough, everything was covered in dirt.

Didn't have a hugger, and have other things on the shopping list, so thought I'd make up something similar to what my Suzuki SV650 had (from factory!). Helped that I saw that someone on the Versys.co.uk site had done something similar:



Made of thin plastic (from an arts and crafts shop actually, used for binding books), stuck on with velcro. Rode in the rain again, rectifier is dry Don't know why Kawasaki didn't do this to start of with... In fact, as great a bike as the Versys is, there are a few head scratching things about it that I think Suzuki got right with the SV650 and the VStrom, that somehow Kawasaki missed the boat...

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redline did the same only different on his V. Planning to do the same to mine. Since I plan to keep my hard bags on pretty much all the time, the hugger isn't all that visible. Money saved can go into another farkle!


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Nice job, I'm doing it.
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Do you have any close up pics? say of the cutout before installation and maybe where and how the part is affixed. thanks
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Umm, no - no close up pics at the moment. I can take measurements or something I suppose?

Turns out, I've managed to find a rear hugger (free! YAY) so I'll probably take this off and either modify it shorter to accomodate the hugger or take it off completely, I'll try to remember to take photos of it when I take it off...

It's velcro'ed to the battery box.

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Rubber sheet and pk screws into the battery box should work well. On my last bike I had a cut down piece of a mud flap utilized for this purpose. It worked well and no one could really see it anyway.


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Took my alternative hugger off when I put my "real" hugger on. It's 240mm across, 205mm down. The rest is just trimmed to fit really... The wing on the left is 95mm tall, the wing on the right is 80mm.

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For the cost of a hugger (although I have to
admit the red-painted ones look cool) I'm
WAY interested in this. One of my worries
was that a stick or other debris could lodge
inside a hugger and cause problems. This
fix would also be somewhat easier to hose
out. I like it!
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