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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-19-2016, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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First 5 commutes completed

Just finished my first 5 commutes on my Versys. I think I need to tighten the rear brake as I need to step on pretty good before I feel it slowing down. Anyone else have a similar feeling with theirs? Otherwise I love the bike. I still seem to hit every red light on the bike like I do in my truck
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-19-2016, 09:14 PM
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In addition to adjusting the rear brake look for a set of stainless steel brake lines - they make a world of difference.

Although I have had Miss Jaffa (Burnt Orange 2007 Versys) for a while, I still have a lot to learn.


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I put SS brake-lines onto my '08... - ...!

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Is it possible your relying too much on the rear brake? The front brake is your primary brake, percentage wise on average the front brake supplies 70% of stopping power, rear 30%. Also, Welcome to the site!

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I have a 2013 and the rear brake have no feel to them. I plan on trying the ss brake line, and better pads. My only complaint about the versys is the lack of good rear brakes, and the very uncomfortable seat. Other than that, it is an excellent motrcycle.
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Try raising the front of your seat, Skypilot. Costs about $2 (and I've ridden 120K miles w/ that mod - my bum's FINE!).

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Try raising the front of your seat, Skypilot. Costs about $2 (and I've ridden 120K miles w/ that mod - my bum's FINE!).
Here is a link to one of several threads that show how this is done

I have the Kawasaki Gel Seat and didn't need to do this. I don't think this is available any more.

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I have been considering that, and also the option of having a custom made seat. I've heard a lot of good things about Terrys custom seats. In Manchester Tn. I don't know Terry and his wife. but I hear good things. I found this on ebay. I hope it is ok to put this on the forum. Kawasaki 650 Versys Custom Flat Seat | eBay
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