All these proposals to get Kawasaki to do anything are nothing more than us showing our frustrations that the manufacturer can make a bike that runs so well but could be so much better if they just spent a few pennies / cents doing the job properly. So long as forums such as this exist, the manufacturers will be reading them and observing that owners can fix faults themselves. So why should they bother to change their manufacturing, when owners will do their job for them? You will not get anything out of Kawasaki. I was charged a ridiculous amount of money by a Kawasaki dealer for the first service. I wrote to Kawasaki to complain and all I got was a letter stating in very plain English that the first service is free. The dealer would not let me have the bike back until I paid them: I think it was about £135. That is for changing the oil and filter. Of course I will never go anywhere near a Kawasaki dealer again. So anyone who thinks they are going to get any sort of compensation out of Kawasaki had better think again.
BMW F650s are in my opinion and experience a lot worse build quality than the Versys. I used to have a F650 and went on the owners forum. The F650 build quality was a joke, a lot worse than Kawasaki. Most owners would have to change the steering head bearings every 12,000 miles, and the wheel bearings every 18,000 miles. I had to replace the rear wheel at 19,000 miles because it had corroded away to a dangerous state. Rear brake master cylinders weren't made properly: the rear brake would stick on, wearing out the pads and warping the disc. The fault was that the master cylinder wasn't made properly and needed replacing or if you knew what you were doing you could drill a hole as it should have been drilled by the factory. The spark plug leads had metal covers that shorted the spark out to earth and the engine stopped. These are all common faults, and some of them are very expensive to fix. Go and look at the owners forum and you will see what I mean- http://www.f650.co.uk/
Do that and you will be glad that all you have to do on your Versys is throw away stupid plastic fasteners and replace them with nuts and bolts, get a proper wind shield, and front and rear mudguards. Buy a F650 and you will be spending £1000 every year just getting it to the standard that it should have been built in the first place.
I don't know. What are we supposed to do? Get a Royal Enfield and you will be fixing it every other weekend that you are not riding it, get a Harley and you will be polishing it a lot - (every night) in order to take it out on the occasional sunny day.
Perhaps we should just get a Versys, do the fastener fix, go out and ride it. Talking of which, why am I sitting here writing this when I have a Versys in the garage?????
Cheerio, I'm off