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Old 10-25-2016, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Got my first motorcycle its a 2009 Kawasaki versys 650
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Welcome! Great choice, I like the blacked out bits.. Did you save a few bucks for riding gear?
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Old 10-25-2016, 07:13 PM
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My first (and only bike) is a 2007 V which I got in 2009 with 14,000 km on the clock

I have put more than 50,000 km on it now, including Alaska last summer. At 64,500+ kms it is running better now than when I got it.

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


"The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything."
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I have the riding gear from earlier this summer when I did the motorcycle safety course. Just happened to find a good deal now instead of waiting for the spring to buy a motorcycle. Have started getting a bit more warmer gear though. There was frost on it this morning.
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'08 V AZ, '15 V650LT BC
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Welcome.

That's gotta hurt, buying a motorcycle in Thunder Bay in October... I hope you get a ride or two before Winter hits! I have the same grey '09, I think you're going to have a great time.

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Welcome from another grey 2009 Versys owner.

While attending Lakehead University in Thunder Bay I remember a snowfall on Halloween night that "stayed" until spring. Hopefully you won't have an early snowfall this year and will get to enjoy your new bike before winter sets in.
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Happy riding from another 09 owner who just started riding again at the age of 60. Yeah, you better start bundling up. Get some Oxford heaterz grips and hand guards, or the heated grips ans some of those big mitts. Look for posts from WelJoe in the past with pictures.

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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” Hunter S. Thompson
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I have had it down to the Grand Marais and Kakabeka. Really enjoying it. Have noticed that it takes it a minute for the engine to warm up.
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Lowering Link

Hey 2nd post. Just got the lowering link out of my 2009. Was more fun supporting the bike not by the swing arm than I expected.
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Hey 2nd post. Just got the lowering link out of my 2009. Was more fun supporting the bike not by the swing arm than I expected.
This comment kind of doesn't make sense...care to elaborate?
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Old 10-28-2016, 10:04 PM
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This comment kind of doesn't make sense...care to elaborate?
In order to lower the rear or raise the rear, you have to support the rear end of the motorcycle without the tire touching the ground *or the swingarm touching a rear stand. Back must be floating. When you lower the bike's seat relative to the ground, you have to "raise up the swingarm" by shortening the linkage from the rear shock to the swingarm.
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Old 10-31-2016, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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I have a rear stand but it picks the bike up by the swing arm and i needed to remove the rear shock to get the link out. This meant i had to lift the bike somehow to take weight off of the rear shock. Wish I had a garage to support the bike with ratchet straps to the rafters.
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I think homeboy made a post a week or more ago about how he couldn't get the link off/on or something and we advised him to lift it from something other than the swingarm.
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Scissor jack and Plywood / 3/4" max.

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I have a rear stand but it picks the bike up by the swing arm and i needed to remove the rear shock to get the link out. This meant i had to lift the bike somehow to take weight off of the rear shock. Wish I had a garage to support the bike with ratchet straps to the rafters.
Real easy, to take link out, the bolt may be too long, hopefully you have the original bolt. Go to MotoWerk site, scissor jack between the tire and underside of top of bike.https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/11...57159767210442

And no need for anything else like a pit stand, unless you are hoping to drop it like JDRocks.
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I like the photo, it tells all.
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have fun!!

congratulations on your new ride...

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