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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-31-2009, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Let the modding begin!

I'm not a big fan of silver, and having an 08 Versys means you have a lot of silver bits on the bike. Being day three of ownership (essentially), I decided it was time to get intimate with the bike and take it apart.

First step, paint the silver parts that are the biggest, and come off the easiest:


Next step, debadge the big red panels and wax them (and the windscreen):


Once the paint cures overnight I'll put it together tomorrow before work and upload some shots for you all.

"Finished" product Note, the ghetto bar end mirror is temporary.





Next up: more black parts, different bars, more black parts Oh, and lots more riding!

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Nice to see it man

Pics, pics, and more pics please!!

Have you made any adjustments yet?


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I've adjusted the throttle because it had too much slack, as well as changed the oil. Next up I'll fiddle with the suspension. It feels good now, the rear end just needs to be softened a bit, and the front needs to be a hair stiffer. I'll call in some help for doing compression/rebound adjustments.
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Can't wait to see the finished product!!

I totally feel ya with all the silver and am contemplating on doing the exact same thing. So thanks for posting it up.

My only concern is how well paint will hold up on the plastic (yes i know...just paint them again!)?

Mind sharing what products and methods you used?

Anyhow, looking good and thanks for taking the time to share your progress.
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I think the plastic that is not in direct contact with feet/legs will do just fine. The areas where boots/legs come into contact with painted plastic will take a beating over time. The OEM paint came off those pieces REALLY easily, so I don't see the pieces I painted being any less resilient to damage than the OEM paint. And as you said, if it starts looking crappy, pull it off and paint it again

The paint I'm using is Krylon Fusion, satin finish. It needs no primer or prep, though I still prepped the pieces. After removing them from the bike I sanded them all with 500 grit paper(scuffed the surface really, nothing aggressive) and washed them off. A finer grit would work fine too. After that I cleaned all the pieces off with paint prep alcohol (I forget the exact name of it). It basically strips off any remaining dust/grease/fingerprints. Then I put a good solid first coat on all the bits and let them sit for an hour. After that I did two more coats over the course of another couple hours.

If you want a really smooth and flawless finish you could wet sand the pieces, but it was good enough for my purposes (and I think most people would agree).

I'll have some pics up in the AM if all goes well.

Thanks gang!
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Post I know what you mean...

I got an '09 Green V. I saw in the show room that the bottom piece of plastic was always the opposite color than the rest. I asked the dealer if he would switch the silver piece on the one I was buying for the black piece on the blue one remaining in the showroom. The change looked better on both! I do like the black!
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Bump for pics.
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What paint did you use? IMO- the painted parts look a bit too glossy.
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As I mentioned above, Krylon fusion.

Yes, they are a bit too glossy, but they will dull down as the paint cures.
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That looks really good Schlepp, thanks for sharing the pics/info! I'll be doing some painting shortly, thinking of doing the tank covers as well. Has anyone used a body shop? Price / results?

I'll be scouring the boards today for some ideas!

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thanks for posting this. im going to try this this weekend. I am sick of the silver. Any parts hard to get off? Im a chick...and pretty handy, but if there were any tricks to removing things let me know!
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No, it was all VERY easy to take off.
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Nice mod, looks great

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WTF do you mean by Ghetto?
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As I mentioned above, Krylon fusion.

Yes, they are a bit too glossy, but they will dull down as the paint cures.
Krylon does make the Fusion paint in a flat black as well, in case you want to give it a try.
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