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Evening,

As life changes, so does our tastes in our toys. Two years ago I was a pure commuter with a rusty old Honda Rebel. A year later I was waking up the neighbors at 5am with the loud drag pipes on my Honda Shadow. Today a bright green '09 Versys sits in my car port and its keys on my rack.

My current work leaves me with zero commute and possibly even less ride time. We made a decision. Ride once or twice a week for a couple hours then come home and go back to work. The Shadow wasn't going to cut it year around. Seventy-five with no wind protection in winter gets old fast.

After a few months of research and hours of YouTube vids (i.e AndyManCam) I had pretty much settled on the Versys. And I had already found one.

The bike appeared stock at first. Start it, notice the aftermarket exhaust. Sit on it, notice the heated grips. Ride it, notice the mirrors. Pull the seat, forget about the shotty wiring job for another day.

A local family dealer with a highly positive reputation had my Versys listed for a couple months. I finally saw the bike in person, sat on it, eyed it up, and pretty much bought it without a test ride. Stupid me. Two miles into the ride home, rear caliper mounting brake bolt takes a swim and I'm 30 miles from home without rear brakes and two miles from the dealer who had my money.

They took care of me. With my helmet on, the owner could be heard screaming at the technician, I get the feeling that this isn't his norm and upheld my trust until something proved otherwise. A new set of bracket bolts and (with me watching) the correct torque spec...I was on my way home. Nothing other than this causes me concern with the motorcycle or dealer. Had it been a different (new) rider, someone could have died that day. Its been handled and I'll leave it at that.

Fifteen six on the odometer and the motorcycle feels lively. After a couple years of heavy jetted carbs, the FI brought some life back into the throttle. Sans the throttlemeister. It seems to be installed poorly or very old, I may dump them. First some cable lubrication and free play reset is in store. If that doesn't solve it...well, factory bar ends or hand guards sound up my alley. Bags in the future. Maybe some crash guards. Is it true if you flip the windscreen upside down, you get better buffeting? Sounds too good to be true.

Cheers,
Grant
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Welcome. Great story. Are you a writer?

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Welcome Binder, sorry, l didn't read your extended intro, but l'm sure you're an interesting guy...............or a writer!!!
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Evening,

As life changes, so does our tastes in our toys. Two years ago I was a pure commuter with a rusty old Honda Rebel. A year later I was waking up the neighbors at 5am with the loud drag pipes on my Honda Shadow. Today a bright green '09 Versys sits in my car port and its keys on my rack.

My current work leaves me with zero commute and possibly even less ride time. We made a decision. Ride once or twice a week for a couple hours then come home and go back to work. The Shadow wasn't going to cut it year around. Seventy-five with no wind protection in winter gets old fast.

After a few months of research and hours of YouTube vids (i.e AndyManCam) I had pretty much settled on the Versys. And I had already found one.

The bike appeared stock at first. Start it, notice the aftermarket exhaust. Sit on it, notice the heated grips. Ride it, notice the mirrors. Pull the seat, forget about the shotty wiring job for another day.

A local family dealer with a highly positive reputation had my Versys listed for a couple months. I finally saw the bike in person, sat on it, eyed it up, and pretty much bought it without a test ride. Stupid me. Two miles into the ride home, rear caliper mounting brake bolt takes a swim and I'm 30 miles from home without rear brakes and two miles from the dealer who had my money.

They took care of me. With my helmet on, the owner could be heard screaming at the technician, I get the feeling that this isn't his norm and upheld my trust until something proved otherwise. A new set of bracket bolts and (with me watching) the correct torque spec...I was on my way home. Nothing other than this causes me concern with the motorcycle or dealer. Had it been a different (new) rider, someone could have died that day. Its been handled and I'll leave it at that.

Fifteen six on the odometer and the motorcycle feels lively. After a couple years of heavy jetted carbs, the FI brought some life back into the throttle. Sans the throttlemeister. It seems to be installed poorly or very old, I may dump them. First some cable lubrication and free play reset is in store. If that doesn't solve it...well, factory bar ends or hand guards sound up my alley. Bags in the future. Maybe some crash guards. Is it true if you flip the windscreen upside down, you get better buffeting? Sounds too good to be true.

Cheers,
Grant
It is important to eliminate slack between push and pull throttle cables for good response and lube them occasionally.

Recommend VStream windshield (with some foam tape to kill fairing buzz/rattle), tank bag, soft panniers like Cortech (if touring), and a top box for touring, commuting and grocery getting. SW-Motech crash bars are also very handy and protect the bike on it's side. IMO hand guards are an appearance thing and basically uselessly functionally.
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Welcome. Great story. Are you a writer?

Enjoy and be safe.
Nope. We work with kids at a boarding school and have copious amounts of paper trails. When you've got little to say but lots of empty space, you get a little creative. That and beer. I think beer was involved in this post.

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It is important to eliminate slack between push and pull throttle cables for good response and lube them occasionally.

Recommend VStream windshield (with some foam tape to kill fairing buzz/rattle), tank bag, soft panniers like Cortech (if touring), and a top box for touring, commuting and grocery getting. SW-Motech crash bars are also very handy and protect the bike on it's side. IMO hand guards are an appearance thing and basically uselessly functionally.
Thanks twowheels. I did a quick overview of the cables this afternoon. The Throttlemeister was my original concern. Pulling off the right bar weigh gave me better return so I swapped the left weight for the right, adjusted minimally, and had a good twenty miles with predictable throttle response. The motorcycle also has some off-brand heated grips, which, unfortunate, work fairly well but the wiring routing is atrocious. I'll have to deal with that a later day.

Bags are my next step. In the spring I'll be making no couple local tours and a jaunt to Chicago. The hand guards are more of a concern for wind. I despise being wired at my hands and would rather stick with heated grips, keep the wind off the backs with the guards.

Having not touched a stock Versys, I'm led to believe from reviews that my steed may have more aftermarket work than I could tell at first glance. Today's ride was very spirited and the motorcycle was very confident. I'll have to look with more detail at what's on in its current state. Front end wants to come up at some later points in throttle between early gears. Considering this and the fact of the adjustable front suspension it may just be set a little slack.

Much to learn.

Thanks everyone,
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I tried different windscreens and my favorite was a stock/givi combo. Stock Screen upside down and attach a Givi to it. Drilled an extra set of holes in both then attached them.



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I tried different windscreens and my favorite was a stock/givi combo. Stock Screen upside down and attach a Givi to it. Drilled an extra set of holes in both then attached them.
Now that's fantastic. Y'all are some ingenuous folk.
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Research shows a Two Brother's slip on exhaust. Wonder what else I may find!
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Evening,

As life changes, so does our tastes in our toys. Two years ago I was a pure commuter with a rusty old Honda Rebel. A year later I was waking up the neighbors at 5am with the loud drag pipes on my Honda Shadow. Today a bright green '09 Versys sits in my car port and its keys on my rack.

My current work leaves me with zero commute and possibly even less ride time. We made a decision. Ride once or twice a week for a couple hours then come home and go back to work. The Shadow wasn't going to cut it year around. Seventy-five with no wind protection in winter gets old fast.

After a few months of research and hours of YouTube vids (i.e AndyManCam) I had pretty much settled on the Versys. And I had already found one.

The bike appeared stock at first. Start it, notice the aftermarket exhaust. Sit on it, notice the heated grips. Ride it, notice the mirrors. Pull the seat, forget about the shotty wiring job for another day.

A local family dealer with a highly positive reputation had my Versys listed for a couple months. I finally saw the bike in person, sat on it, eyed it up, and pretty much bought it without a test ride. Stupid me. Two miles into the ride home, rear caliper mounting brake bolt takes a swim and I'm 30 miles from home without rear brakes and two miles from the dealer who had my money.

They took care of me. With my helmet on, the owner could be heard screaming at the technician, I get the feeling that this isn't his norm and upheld my trust until something proved otherwise. A new set of bracket bolts and (with me watching) the correct torque spec...I was on my way home. Nothing other than this causes me concern with the motorcycle or dealer. Had it been a different (new) rider, someone could have died that day. Its been handled and I'll leave it at that.

Fifteen six on the odometer and the motorcycle feels lively. After a couple years of heavy jetted carbs, the FI brought some life back into the throttle. Sans the throttlemeister. It seems to be installed poorly or very old, I may dump them. First some cable lubrication and free play reset is in store. If that doesn't solve it...well, factory bar ends or hand guards sound up my alley. Bags in the future. Maybe some crash guards. Is it true if you flip the windscreen upside down, you get better buffeting? Sounds too good to be true.

Cheers,
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I'll probably be seeing you around. I thought I had the only green 09 in the area, now I suppose there are two of us.

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I'll probably be seeing you around. I thought I had the only green 09 in the area, now I suppose there are two of us.
Looks like we're a few miles apart. If you're ever going to be in the Hershey area we've got some great back-road riding. When I still had the Shadow and we were new to the campus, I went on a jaunt past the north end of campus. Ended up lugging the brute through twenty miles of hills and tight turns. It was terrifying at the time but I need to go back with the Versys. Perfect bike for the road. PM if your ever going to make it up here!

Cheers,

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Looks like we're a few miles apart. If you're ever going to be in the Hershey area we've got some great back-road riding. When I still had the Shadow and we were new to the campus, I went on a jaunt past the north end of campus. Ended up lugging the brute through twenty miles of hills and tight turns. It was terrifying at the time but I need to go back with the Versys. Perfect bike for the road. PM if your ever going to make it up here!

Cheers,
I don't get out to Hershey often but I do occasionally get up around Harrisburg or York.
I bet this kind of looks like yours.

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Maybe someone can help identify this. This morning I was tidying up after a bit of rain and noticed a small black wired box with a large USB port. No markings or text. Immediately I got excited that the previous owner had done some work I had planned (this bike has come with a couple surprises) but from the looks of it this may be some aftermarket power commander. Wiring runs into the loom and down into, what looks to me, a knock or...barometric pressure sensor? I'm not super familiar with the Versys yet but this doesn't look factory. Nothing happens when I plug a USB powered device into the block.
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Also noticed this today...labeled "Powerplug" but it looks smaller than a 12v plug. Located under the pillion seat.
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