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Hi, I'm Rob from Tennessee,

At the age of 45 last summer, I took the beginner motorcycle course and rode a bike for the first time. I just took the class because I wanted to learn how to ride, but I wasn't going to buy a bike . . .

So, less than 2 months later I bought a bike. A 2006 Vulcan 500, which has been a good first bike. However, when I was looking at bikes I test rode a Versys, and really wanted one -- but thought it was too expensive and perhaps too tall to start out on.

So, this month I found a great deal on a brand new 2014 Versys 650 ABS and couldn't resist. I'm still in the break-in period, but really liking the bike so far.

I'm sure I'll have lots of dumb questions, but I was glad to find this forum and look forward to talking with everyone!
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Welcome to the forum Rob and congratulations on the new bike. Enjoy!
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Welcome Rob from another Gen 2 owner. Don't worry too much about the factory recommended break-in method. Do a search on "motoman break-in" and decide for yourself which is best. You will love the versatility of the bike (hence the name, right)


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Thanks for the welcomes everyone! AlaskaJeff, as a fairly new and cautious rider I'm not sure I'm up for the "flog it" break-in. Actually, with my current commute I can take back roads that work o.k. with the 4,000 RPM manual-suggested limit on break-in for the first 500 miles. I'm still mostly avoiding interstates and other major highways.

Speaking of the manual, it says to have a dealer perform a "first maintenance" at 600 miles. Is there a lot to this other than oil and filter change? Do dealers charge much for these?
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Thanks for the welcomes everyone! AlaskaJeff, as a fairly new and cautious rider I'm not sure I'm up for the "flog it" break-in. Actually, with my current commute I can take back roads that work o.k. with the 4,000 RPM manual-suggested limit on break-in for the first 500 miles. I'm still mostly avoiding interstates and other major highways.

Speaking of the manual, it says to have a dealer perform a "first maintenance" at 600 miles. Is there a lot to this other than oil and filter change? Do dealers charge much for these?

They just check to make sure everything is still tight,check chain slack,lube chain,adjust if needed and oil & filter change. I believe they charge about a couple of hundred bucks.
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I thought they rotated the air in your tires and then took a dump.

I'd rather get Hepco & Becker crash guards instead, and protect your beautiful motorcycle. And rear aluminum racks will round out the coverage so the bike has something to lay on, if it ever does fall over.

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Welcome from another new-leftover-green-2104 owner
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Welcome Rob from Tennessee. Went to grad school in your beautiful state @ UT Knoxville, a long time ago.
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Welcome from a fellow Gen 2 rider. Have fun and be safe.

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If you want to do your own maintenance this should help...http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...il-change.html


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If you do it your self, save the cash register receipts and date them for warranty reasons
For an extra few dollars, you can purchase the oil and filter from the Kawasaki dealer and
you will be getting a good quality oil filter ..
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If you do it your self, save the cash register receipts and date them for warranty reasons
For an extra few dollars, you can purchase the oil and filter from the Kawasaki dealer and
you will be getting a good quality oil filter ..

Or get one of these and never worry about an oil filter....Amazon.com: PC Racing PCS1 Flo Stainless Steel Reusable Oil Filter: Automotive

I've had the same filter since 2010.First on the Versys and now on the FJR.

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Hi, Rob!

I am considering a Versys 650 and was wondering if you have any insights as to how well it does off road. Not dirt biking, just fire roads, dirt roads, etc. Am considering running part of the Transamerican Trail next year and want a bike that I don't need to trailer to the start of the trail.

I am 55, and just started riding about 2 years ago. Bought a HD Sportster and love it. Just cannot go everywhere I would like on it.

Considering a V-strom as well, but it sure looks like the Versys may be the better deal. Will likely be taking some test rides this weekend.

Have you ridden anywhere off the tarmac yet?

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Hi, Rob!

I am considering a Versys 650 and was wondering if you have any insights as to how well it does off road. Not dirt biking, just fire roads, dirt roads, etc. Am considering running part of the Transamerican Trail next year and want a bike that I don't need to trailer to the start of the trail.

I am 55, and just started riding about 2 years ago. Bought a HD Sportster and love it. Just cannot go everywhere I would like on it.

Considering a V-strom as well, but it sure looks like the Versys may be the better deal. Will likely be taking some test rides this weekend.

Have you ridden anywhere off the tarmac yet?

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The Versys is VERY CAPABLE off-road with the right rider and tires. Many Gen 1 & 2's have done quite well on the back roads and beyond. Yet to be seen for the Gen 3's.
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Welcome Rob from another Gen 2 owner. Don't worry too much about the factory recommended break-in method. Do a search on "motoman break-in" and decide for yourself which is best. You will love the versatility of the bike (hence the name, right)
Already too late to do that properly. I wish I read that before I made the 60 mile highway ride back home on my V with 0 miles on it. But nonetheless, still followed the procedure after that ride.


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Considering a V-strom as well, but it sure looks like the Versys may be the better deal. Will likely be taking some test rides this weekend.
I think the Strom is better off road with the 19" front tire. Both are not the most capable, where a KLR or bmw f650/800 would be really ideal.

That said, the V is a phenomenal street bike with the ability to hit some dirt/gravel, for sure.


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