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Hi Guys, thought you might like to see some photo's of a recent ride I did over the Rainbow station, South Island, New Zealand. We had heavy rainfall a couple of days prior to the ride, did not help the river crossing, which ended in a good wash for the Versys! No problems though, it kept with the rest of the pack of KLR's and KTM's!

The ride across a sheep muster station lasted 106km, where I parted company with the rest of the pack, and travelled down to Ruapuna Race Track, Christchurch. What can I say other than I had a ball! Not the fastest bike there, but believe me the Versys held its own.

I was trying some new Pirelli Scorpian Syncs tyres, they performed well as an "All Rounder Tyre" big improvement on the Metzellers Roadtec Z6 off road, and nearly as good on the road. Life can sometimes be a compromise and I'm afraid this is one of them.

So the ride lasted 4 days, I travelled some 1400km, and I can't wait to do it all again!
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Great pic's Gary, looked like a lot of fun, must ride up your way and meet up. Would be a bit nervous taking the V through rainbow station but looked like you had a lot of fun.
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the river crossing, which ended in a good wash for the Versys!
Cool!

How deep did you dive?

Versys' exhausts are below the frame, and I am wondering if the engine was fine with exhausts clogging with river water. Were there any related troubles later on?

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It stuffed his phone when he did a unscheduled swimming stop, he probably gone for the night now as its nearly 1 am here
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Great playground Rigley!
Good for you for using Versys' full potential.

My understanding about exhausts and water crossings is that if you keep the throttle open and not being stationary it will not take in water.
That's the theory at least.
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Not to steal his thunder but he told me the versys started again first go.
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My understanding about exhausts and water crossings is that if you keep the throttle open and not being stationary it will not take in water.
That's the theory at least.
Well, I kind of suspected it'd work with open throttle, but I always fear that the engine will drink some of that water anyway...

Should cure myself of the cruiser-stereotypical thinking, I guess...

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Not to steal his thunder but he told me the versys started again first go.
Nice! The only thing to find out is how deep did he go...

Yeah, I'm gathering intel. All the way!

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Very cool.

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awesome, remember to stay in the ripples on those water crossings.

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Hi Guys,

It came half way up the engine, did not stall at all, only problem was hitting a big boulder lurking in the depths, stopped me dead! H & B crash bars saved the day, hardly a scratch on one side of the bar, would recommend anyone thinking of pushing the boundaries of the Versys buying one of these BEFORE doing any adventure riding.
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Great pic's Gary, looked like a lot of fun, must ride up your way and meet up. Would be a bit nervous taking the V through rainbow station but looked like you had a lot of fun.
There are only a few tricky parts across the whole ride Phill, the rivers been the problem, with one or two areas of loose and step shale, once you are past that, the ride is spectacular, with snow capped mountains and total isolation as far as the eye can see. There is a fee of $15 for the key which opens a number of gates across the muster station. This is the second time I have travelled across on a bike, with no real drama's, would recommend it to anyone while over here.

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Got a friend that rides his bike up to nelson at times to visit his kids say may try talk him into going through the muster station but if i go up that way with the wife we will not be going any where near that sort of track for obvious reasons as she has a cruiser.
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... Not the fastest bike there, but believe me the Versys held its own.
And I’d venture to guess that not many of the other bikes on the track did a cross-country ride & river crossing on the way...

Gotta love this bike — and good on you too!
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I was trying some new Pirelli Scorpian Syncs tyres, they performed well as an "All Rounder Tyre" big improvement on the Metzellers Roadtec Z6 off road, and nearly as good on the road.

Scorpion Sync are much much better tyres than Z6
Z6 are only good for cruising on the high way

Dont forget that the sync's are ''H'' tyres, which means fast warm up
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Awesome pics!!!

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Thanks guys,

I swoped bikes with a mate of mine who has a KTM 690 Enduro for an evening ride as I have been thinking seriously about one of these for a while now. Ater about an hours riding over roads and gravel, I think I might have converted a KTM rider to a Versys, it should have been the other way round! LOL.
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Got a friend that rides his bike up to nelson at times to visit his kids say may try talk him into going through the muster station but if i go up that way with the wife we will not be going any where near that sort of track for obvious reasons as she has a cruiser.
It gets a lot easier during the summer, I know of a few who taken road bikes through and we drove a Honda CRV through there last November.
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Got a friend that rides his bike up to nelson at times to visit his kids say may try talk him into going through the muster station but if i go up that way with the wife we will not be going any where near that sort of track for obvious reasons as she has a cruiser.
Your Versys will love it, your more than welcome to come and visit while you around the neighbourhood
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Thanks guys,

I swoped bikes with a mate of mine who has a KTM 690 Enduro for an evening ride as I have been thinking seriously about one of these for a while now. Ater about an hours riding over roads and gravel, I think I might have converted a KTM rider to a Versys, it should have been the other way round! LOL.


Cheers for this.
It's always encouraging hearing things like this.
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