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Can anything be done to the front/headlights?

I love my 08 Versys in every way - except - I think it looks kinda goofy from the front. I don't like the headlight design.

Can anything be done in a cheap/reasonable way to make it look less retro and more modern/aggressive around the headlights? I love how these bikes look around the headlights: 2010 Versys(!), Ducati Hypermotard, 2010 multistrada, Kawa Z-1000... you get the idea.

I have no experience of modifications of any kind, so please excuse me if it's a stupid or obvious question.

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I feel exactly the same about my versys. Glad you posted this and anxious to read other people replies!
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I paid more for my '10 for that very reason and because of the other improvements. It's funny when I see the older headlight design it makes me think of the "Hound Eye" creature from the original Half-Life video game.
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I like the way way the Headlight are on the V. That's the special part of the V. If you beleive all headlights must be round than you need to change your mind set.

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Can anything be done in a cheap/reasonable way to make it look less retro and more modern/aggressive around the headlights?
Spend more time in the saddle and less time looking at it from the front. Problem solved...?


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Check out threads under 'Naked Versys' and 'Naked Versys Pics' to get an idea on what others have done, JD Rocks has a big writeup on his bike transformation posted here http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=5480

I have however seen a Dual Headlight setup running the standard Versys fairing with just a flat Plate mounted where the light is currently and 2 holes for the lights to poke out. it looked a bit cheap imho tho.

...I think with enough time and alcohol one of us here one of us here on the forums could come up with a funky design ...to do it on the cheap is another thing.

Hmm.. i have an idea ...now where's my Pony Keg.
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Spend more time in the saddle and less time looking at it from the front. Problem solved...?


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+1

If you ride it right, no one will see the headlight, only the taillight, eh?

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I paid more for my '10 for that very reason and because of the other improvements. It's funny when I see the older headlight design it makes me think of the "Hound Eye" creature from the original Half-Life video game.
A nightmare that I'm old enough to have avoided.
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I love Versys not for the way she looks...

I love Versys because of her functionality...

I love Versys Because of her character...

Most importantly, I love her for her personality....

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I like the headlight because its different
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I like the headlight because it allows me to also ride at night
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I love Versys not for the way she looks...

I love Versys because of her functionality...

I love Versys Because of her character...

Most importantly, I love her for her personality....
+100 (what LAVersys said).

Miscellaneous ramblings on a Tuesday mornin'.....

At first I would have said ; "THEN I GUESS YOU BOUGHT THE WRONG BIKE"!J/K.
After all, aesthetics are part of the attraction and we are first and foremost, 'creatures of sight'.
But that would have been rude of me.

In the end.... The "V" does so many things right, many folk can over come there aversion to it's appearance. I guess that says a lot for the bike as a whole.
For me, the "V" is drop dead gorgeous. (headlamp included). No cookie cutter looks here, thank goodness! Love the long 'legs' and she's got... 'strong shoulders'.
IMHO the "V" is a cutting edge beautiful...just like the Citroen DS was way back in 1955.
State of the art (in all ways) without breaking the bank.

Besides...I never cared for that sorta 'California girl' generic homolgated beauty. be it my toys or my women.(BORING..and a dime a dozen).
I prefer Uniquely beautiful with character and spark... Like my taste in women..."Looks" with a kinda sense of where she came from...and where her heritage lies or that there's something more underneath; more than meets the eye.( and I gotta winner in that department i don't mind telling you).

The "V" is all that....Inside and out.

OK, I'll shut up now.


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+100 (what LAVersys said).

Miscellaneous ramblings on a Tuesday mornin'.....

At first I would have said ; "THEN I GUESS YOU BOUGHT THE WRONG BIKE"!J/K.
After all, aesthetics are part of the attraction and we are first and foremost, 'creatures of sight'.
But that would have been rude of me.

In the end.... The "V" does so many things right, many folk can over come there aversion to it's appearance. I guess that says a lot for the bike as a whole.
For me, the "V" is drop dead gorgeous. (headlamp included). No cookie cutter looks here, thank goodness! Love the long 'legs' and she's got... 'strong shoulders'.
IMHO the "V" is a cutting edge beautiful...just like the Citroen DS was way back in 1955.
State of the art (in all ways) without breaking the bank.

Besides...I never cared for that sorta 'California girl' generic homolgated beauty. be it my toys or my women.(BORING..and a dime a dozen).
I prefer Uniquely beautiful with character and spark... Like my taste in women..."Looks" with a kinda sense of where she came from...and where her heritage lies or that there's something more underneath; more than meets the eye.( and I gotta winner in that department i don't mind telling you).

The "V" is all that....Inside and out.

OK, I'll shut up now.
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I also think the V is pretty damn sexy... i think the new V is the ugly sibling. But if you really want to do something to the headlight turn it into this...
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If you beleive all headlights must be round than you need to change your mind set.
Didn't say that at all. Just saying I don't like the design of the headlight area.
Thanks for the input everyone - I guess the short answer to my question is "No, there's no easy way to change that"

Thanks!

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I like the headlight because it allows me to also ride at night
X 2... especially after I re-aligned it so it actually shines AHEAD of me!

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yeap this is the answer to your problem
the head light is of good quality and if you spent some money for a good lamp you will love it during night rides.i actually love the front of the bike cause it looks like a wild cut ready to hunt if you see it from the rear .
jdrocks has made a custom head light for his custom er-6 but its more about functionality in long trips.wont serve your needs for a supersport aggressive look.
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Another thing about Versys...

People that don't ride bike think Versys is very attractive... I was asked by many non-rider about Versys... They always say it's a really nice looking bike...

Most motorcyclist will look at Versys and then look away because it is not "Sport Bike" or "Harley Cruiser type"... They probably think it is a "uncool" bike!!!

Remember this country (USA), only sportbike and cruiser are the 2 best selling type of bikes... Kind of amaze me... Including all my riding friends... None of them will never buy anything except a sportbike or cruiser... Some even say it's ugly or what ever...

I love my ride and frankly, I don't give a damn what they say ...

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Didn't say that at all. Just saying I don't like the design of the headlight area.
Thanks for the input everyone - I guess the short answer to my question is "No, there's no easy way to change that"

Thanks!
No offense meant, when i said change your mind set.
Anyway hope you will like the V for what it is.

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I like the V.s looks cause its different ... i have a cruiser and a sports bike and the V gets rode the most cause its just plain Fun !!


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