Just bought a white 2013 Versys and I have been lurking around the forum a lot reading up. I have always had sport bikes. What should I change/modify/up grade first on this bike? With the CBR it was frame sliders and cutting off that deer head license plate display on the back. What did you do first to yours or what would you have done first? This is my first new bike doing it on my own, always had help. I have some technical skills and tools. I changed the oil the second day. Suggestions would be appreciated, there is a lot of info to disseminate. Thank you.
I have been contemplating posting this information for a while so I guess your question sealed the deal so to speak. These are the mods I put on my new 2012 that I got in February of this year and remember this is just my opinion you ultimately have to make the final decisions.
1. 16 tooth front sprocket – almost like having another gear in the transmission does not accelerate nearly as quickly using the same gear as stock sprocket but seems to deliver better gas mileage and doesn't really have as high rpm when cruising. But I sometimes miss the quicker acceleration.
2. Mirror extenders - I think very necessary if you want to see what's behind you.ImageUploadedByMO Free1429215286.819826.jpg
3. Engine guards - A practical accessory because the probability of a drop at some time seems to be quite high. Mine was first day getting out of my rainsoaked yard on slick
moss. After making a list and comparing prices and features of all available engine guards to my knowledge I chose Dimotiv because of its unique safety features and price. Go to bottom of listing for picture.￼
3. Lowering bar for the bike and for the foot pegs. For me it was necessary for comfort. I used Motowerks - they are very well-made. It changed the angle of the seat to where it was much more tolerable riding rather than certain things being crushed toward the tank. I did not lower the front forks.
4. Luggage and racks – I bought E21's and E 52 from craigslist. ImageUploadedByMO Free1429216411.471292.jpg
I bought the Nomad rear rack because it seems to sit lower than other racks I saw and the Givi PL447 because it's more narrow than any other racks to my knowledge.
5. Spools and pit stand – spools are standard fit - you just have to choose between composite or metal. I chose Venom stand because it only cost $40(eBay), it's well-made, and it is long enough so it doesn't interfere with the rear fender sticking down.ImageUploadedByMO Free1429217170.301987.jpg
Other mods like Fender extenders, rear hugger, different lights, seat, handguards, Wind screen, etc. can be added dependent upon preference and need. I made a list of each option I wanted with all of the available brands their cost and quality before I made a decision as to which one to purchase. Good luck and I hope this helps a little bit. Remember, these are just my opinions.
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