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accessorizing the versys

so, I've only had the versys for a week, but im already adding accessories to it!

I ordered the nelson rigg SPRT-50 saddlebags from denniskirk for $90 based on Iamlegend's pictures of them on post #32 http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...oft+saddlebags

I also ordered the fenda extenda to help keep road debris off the radiator.


my list of future mods:

MadStad windscreen
Barkbuster Storm handguards
SW-motech engine guards
mirror extenders


then there are the mods im unsure of.

seat, I like the corbin on my 93 seca2, but have heard mixed reviews on the versys. the stock seat feels like its getting better the more I ride it(250 miles so far)

I might get a tail bag, but I think the nelson rigg sprt-50's should hold enough for me. if they don't, then a tail bad is in order.

I think I might like a better valved rear shock (its kinda harsh right now, haven't messed with it much), but not sure of where to begin.

im off to go get the first inspection done on the bike, since I bought it out of state.
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You might want to check preload on the rear shock (and on the front).
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Mods can certainly be addictive. I've had my '09 Versys since last October, and here's the list of things I've added, which are highly recommended:

Motowerks Mirror Extenders
Motowerks Anti-vibration Handlebar Riser
Grip Buddies
Cortech Super 2.0 Tail Bag
Cortech Super 2.0 12-Liter Magnetic Tank Bag
Givi D405ST Windscreen
Zeta XC Armor handguards

Recently bought a Kriega R20 backpack. Going to adding some Kriega drypacks soon. Maybe a tail light modulator as well.

When I bought the bike, the previous owner installed a new Corbin saddle, Yoshimura exhaust, tail eliminator, Aprilla mirrors, lowering kit, and it was debadged.

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i've been playing with the damping settings, and I think I have the setting about as good as they're going to get without upgrading components. with them softened up to where the ride is more compliant and not as jarring, it's a little bouncy on the rebound.

I have the rear preload on 2 and the damping at either 4 or 5 towards soft.
the front is the stock setting for preload and the damping screw is 1.5 turns towards soft.

I weigh 240 lbs, and it needs slightly less high speed compression damping up front with even less in the rear. the low speed is ok on the front, but the rear needs less low speed compression damping. the rebound can stay like it was at the stock settings for the front and the back.

my question, is what rear shock offers adjustable high and low speed compression adjustment with separate rebound, and is there any way to get separate rebound and compression damping on the front forks(without spending a fortune)?
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i've been playing with the damping settings, and I think I have the setting about as good as they're going to get without upgrading components. with them softened up to where the ride is more compliant and not as jarring, it's a little bouncy on the rebound.

I have the rear preload on 2 and the damping at either 4 or 5 towards soft.
the front is the stock setting for preload and the damping screw is 1.5 turns towards soft.

I weigh 240 lbs, and it needs slightly less high speed compression damping up front with even less in the rear. the low speed is ok on the front, but the rear needs less low speed compression damping. the rebound can stay like it was at the stock settings for the front and the back.

my question, is what rear shock offers adjustable high and low speed compression adjustment with separate rebound, and is there any way to get separate rebound and compression damping on the front forks(without spending a fortune)?
THAT is the key.. Many have switched out to a 07-08 R1 shock with the possibility of an aftermarket spring based on rider weight and needs.
The sky is the limit with outfitting our bikes. Some go with a street oriented theme, while others (myself included) opt for more of an ADV theme. To each his/her own.


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...I think I might like a better valved rear shock (its kinda harsh right now, haven't messed with it much), but not sure of where to begin....
I'm very happy w/ my R1 shocks - they have MANY damping adjustments, and I changed my forks over to Walmart ATF, so they feel much better too.

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