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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-16-2016, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hello fellow V-riders!

For a little over two months I'm the new owner of a 2016 Versys 650.

Starting my motorcycling career 4,5 years ago on the naked and smaller ER-6n, time finally arrived for a new bike to fit my 6'4" posture better. The look of the new 2015 released Versys has been burnt onto my retina and never cut me loose. I tried looking at other bikes and be objective about it, but a testride at my local dealer on the Versys 650 made up my mind.

A little over two months and 7500km in the realtionship I've learned that the bike has it's flaws. Mostly shown in small things as a rattle or a buzz. But I still love this bike for it's wide range of use and the confidence it gives me in riding it.

About my bike so far:

2016 Versys 650 in matte candy orange,
"Tourer +"-pack installed,
Kawasaki frame sliders,
Dunlop Roadsmart 3 tires,
SW-motech sidestand widener,
Vinyl wrapped carbon tank.

Photos were taken on our most recent trip to Switzerland where we rode most of the paved passes in the Suisse alps.

From now on I'll be lurking around for tips, tricks and helpfull advice.
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Photos were taken on our most recent trip to Switzerland where we rode most of the paved passes in the Suisse alps.
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Welcome...............nice color.
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Welcome...............nice color.
Thank you!
The moment I told people I ordered a new motorcycle and that it came in either black, white or matte orange, people were actually shocked I didn't choose for black or white. And to be fair I was a bit worried myself since I bought it without seeing it first. But everyone, myself included, loves the colour.

Whoever says fun only starts at 100 bhp, has clearly never ridden a Versys 650.


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Welcome! I feel the same way about my 2015 green 650. Usually would go for black but just had to step out of my shell and go a little crazy.

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Looks good. Who did the vinyl wrap for you?
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Looks good. Who did the vinyl wrap for you?
Thank you.
A professional, yet small company called "wrap my ride" which is only 45 minutes from where I live. At first I was planning on having it wrapped in clear "paint protection film" but he couldn't get it to sit/stick right on the bottom of the tank (because of the curves). That's when he offered me to use a wrapping foil that could handle the curves better.
This is the 3M carbon 4D foil, which has a very nice texture to it.
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Thank you.
A professional, yet small company called "wrap my ride" which is only 45 minutes from where I live. At first I was planning on having it wrapped in clear "paint protection film" but he couldn't get it to sit/stick right on the bottom of the tank (because of the curves). That's when he offered me to use a wrapping foil that could handle the curves better.
This is the 3M carbon 4D foil, which has a very nice texture to it.
Looks sharp!
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Thank you.
A professional, yet small company called "wrap my ride" which is only 45 minutes from where I live. At first I was planning on having it wrapped in clear "paint protection film" but he couldn't get it to sit/stick right on the bottom of the tank (because of the curves). That's when he offered me to use a wrapping foil that could handle the curves better.
This is the 3M carbon 4D foil, which has a very nice texture to it.
I have several rolls of the 3M carbon. both 3D and 4D. I have problems with curves and divots. even when using a hair dryer. I have covered several things on my Harleys, and my Triumph Daytona, but it is mostly flat surfaces. I'm still learning.
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I have several rolls of the 3M carbon. both 3D and 4D. I have problems with curves and divots. even when using a hair dryer. I have covered several things on my Harleys, and my Triumph Daytona, but it is mostly flat surfaces. I'm still learning.
It sure is no easy skill. The man that wrapped my tank had quite the time to reflect on his skills and choice of career while doing so. It even reminded him of why he doesn't like wrapping motorcycles. But I just love the way it turned out.

Whoever says fun only starts at 100 bhp, has clearly never ridden a Versys 650.


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Thank you.
A professional, yet small company called "wrap my ride" which is only 45 minutes from where I live. At first I was planning on having it wrapped in clear "paint protection film" but he couldn't get it to sit/stick right on the bottom of the tank (because of the curves). That's when he offered me to use a wrapping foil that could handle the curves better.
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Wow, that looks great! I might have to look into that my self. I've been thinking alot about how they should have made the tank and fairings different colors.

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Wow, that looks great! I might have to look into that my self. I've been thinking alot about how they should have made the tank and fairings different colors.
It's a small price for a big result. And when you get tired of it, you can always peel it off and put on something new.

Whoever says fun only starts at 100 bhp, has clearly never ridden a Versys 650.


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