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Visit to Tail of the Dragon on the Versys

Tail of the Dragon last weekend.

This was mi first long distance ride on the Versys, a 2300 miles round trip from Dallas to Blue Ridge in 4 days.

Notes from the trip:
  1. I was able to cruise at about 85mph most of the time and the bike handled very well.
  2. Stock seat was OK, but the riding position played bad on my knees, had to stop a few times to stretch my legs.
  3. No significant vibrations perceived.
  4. The GIPro is useless. Slow and many times it reports 5th when actually in 6th.
  5. The throttle grip shifted out and cause the throttle rubber grip to drag with the bar end weight and not return to the closed position, this was a bit disturbing and had to pay attention to manually force the throttle closed for about 100 miles, until I finally fixed it.
  6. The mirrors turned in after some time due to the road bumps, will have to tighten them more.
  7. Givi soft saddlebags aren't good for rain weather, despite having rain covers, the water will get between the cover and the bags and accumulate there soaking whatever is inside.

Overall a good bike for a trip like this.

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I bought my Versys back in Feb 2011 to go to the Dragon in June. Shipped it from Seattle and rode it back 4200 miles. Fantastic trip. Bike performed flawlessly, even surviving an electrical fire under the gas tank
Sitting at the pump after just filling up I'm aware there is smoke now pouring out from under the seat and flames under the tank. The expensive Touratech power outlet I'd installed had just melted and caught fire. Fek!!! That was an interesting moment I can tell you.

Pics from my Dragon run



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Great trips, and pictures. It's already been 3 years since I rode the Versys down to US 129, what a great time. The whole area is great riding. Now that things are back "in season" I really enjoy flipping though Killboy's weekly highlight pictures.

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Murquiza... I like those hand guards. Did you order them from Kawasaki? Or are the another brand with the Kawi logo on them?
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Murquiza... I like those hand guards. Did you order them from Kawasaki? Or are the another brand with the Kawi logo on them?

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Some trimming is required at the clutch switch and cable area.
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Thanks I will check them out..
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Nice pics... Slayer? Killboy?

You were up there with the V-Strom rally. They run a 2-3 day rally every year this weekend -- pretty much take over the Iron Horse. My avatar was from last year's rally.

Unfortunately, I was told they lost a rider in a collision with a pickup that ran a stop sign, on the Skyway, Saturday... Hate to hear those stories...

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the riding position played bad on my knees, had to stop a few times to stretch my legs.
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Deals Gap is one of the must do rides. I have done it in a BMW Z4, Subaru WRX and a Suzuki Bandit. Have not been able to get there on the Versys yet. Its on my bucket list. Sounds like you had a great time.
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Wal-Mart sells waterproof dry bags in assorted sizes. Even with hard bags, I organise my gear in the bags. Keeps things handy and dry.

I ride the dragon solely for the photo op. There are amazing roads in there with little traffic. There are times on the dragon where you would be lucky to go 25 mph.

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Nice pics... Slayer? Killboy?
Unfortunately, I was told they lost a rider in a collision with a pickup that ran a stop sign, on the Skyway, Saturday... Hate to hear those stories...
Those are US129phopto and Killerboy.

I heard of a guy on a Ducatti killed on Wed or Thu, he crashed on another bike. I passed by an Audi that got bittee by the dragon, but the driver escaped alive. It's too crowded and many go to prove themselves and push it too hard then **** happens.

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Thought about it, but it's not the height but the position on the vertical, highway pegs would be a better alternative. I used the crash guards for that but are a bit too high to be comfortable.

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Wal-Mart sells waterproof dry bags in assorted sizes. Even with hard bags, I organise my gear in the bags. Keeps things handy and dry.

I ride the dragon solely for the photo op. There are amazing roads in there with little traffic. There are times on the dragon where you would be lucky to go 25 mph.
I wasn't expecting to get water in the bags the waterproof bags inside is a good option if I take the Versys out again.

I agree with other roads that are really good. The road to Hellen, GA is one I liked it pretty much, also the Nantahala National Forest, northwest of Highlands and the waterfalls there.
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[*] Stock seat was OK, but the riding position played bad on my knees, had to stop a few times to stretch my legs....
Quite a few of us got peg-lowering blocks from MotoWerk (Speedy) to increase leg-room, and they REALLY work well!

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I agree with other roads that are really good. The road to Hellen, GA is one I liked it pretty much...
That's my backyard... If you liked the road up to Helen, get in touch next time you're down this way, and we'll be happy to take you up to the Suches Loop, Blood Mountain, and Wolf Pen Gap...
Blood is very similar to the Dragon, but with much longer, wider sweeps, which (IMHO) makes it a bit more enjoyable, because you're not hitting those brakes at every hairpin and switchback...
Plus, the entire Suches Loop is over 42 miles, with lots of pull-offs and breath-taking views of the Georgia mountains...

For next time...

In case you're interested in seeing it... I recorded this last year on Blood:

https://youtu.be/mw3_xJ74PZA

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That's my backyard... If you liked the road up to Helen, get in touch next time you're down this way, and we'll be happy to take you up to the Suches Loop, Blood Mountain, and Wolf Pen Gap...
Blood is very similar to the Dragon, but with much longer, wider sweeps, which (IMHO) makes it a bit more enjoyable, because you're not hitting those brakes at every hairpin and switchback...
Plus, the entire Suches Loop is over 42 miles, with lots of pull-offs and breath-taking views of the Georgia mountains...

For next time...

In case you're interested in seeing it... I recorded this last year on Blood:

https://youtu.be/mw3_xJ74PZA

If you want another rider for this trip just let me know. I love riding the back roads in north Georgia and western North Carolina. I grew up in one and now live in the other.


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Ditto on the hanguard compliments. It makes it look like a new Vs. red fairing model. You gambled and got lucky on the color match. It's the best looking red Vs. I've seen to date. Nice bike!
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Ditto on the hanguard compliments. It makes it look like a new Vs. red fairing model. You gambled and got lucky on the color match. It's the best looking red Vs. I've seen to date. Nice bike!
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I've rode three times from Mexico City to the TOD, twice on my '14 Versys and once on my XT660R. The V only has 20hp over the XT, but you can tell they are there, when cruising at 85mph the XT was close to being maxed out whereas the Versys still has some power left in reserve. Also the V loves cruising at "slightly illegal" speeds, where the vibration is not an issue.

About the GiPro, it has been noted that the new one for the MK3 Versys is another GiPro based unit and also the reviewers noticed that it was not reliable, so I guess it's the same thing in a different casing.
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