Well one things for sure - the Versys sure takes a pounding from some of you guys.
2.Also, if you were taking delivery of a new, 100% stock 650 or 1000
Versys today what- if any- would be the first things your experience
would tell you to adjust, fine tune, or change in the stock version or
even swap out for something aftermarket?
I think the second question is especially relevant for new owners.
- adjust preload and damping on front and rear suspension for your weight with gear. It will make a big difference. Lots of how to videos on YouTube on this on how to set sag, etc. It is a two person job. Suspension is much more adjustable than a HD and makes a big difference if properly adjusted.
- readjust head light aim after suspension adjustment
- get and install crash bars if you ever think you might drop the bike on it's side, they will pay for themselves
- no kickstand, so you need a rear pit stand and some spools (8mm) to screw into the spool mounts on the swing arm if you plan to do any maintenance
- a tank bag like the Givi 3D603 (fits Versys 650 perfectly and uses a superior tank ring attachment system instead of straps or magnets) is handy to have if you commute or tour much
- think the LT comes with a 12v outlet, otherwise you need a cheap 2.1 amp USB outlet (avoid 1 amp USB plugs) or 12v outlet with 2.1 amp USB adapter to charge a phone or power a GPS
- heated grips are a really nice luxury if you live in Canada/Northern US or simply ride in cooler weather, aftermarket brands like Koso
and Oxford work better than the Kawasaki branded ones and are much cheaper. A Cycle World magazine review of the Versys reported problems with the Kawasaki branded heated grips on multiple bikes.
- stock seat is fine for most including me, but there are lots of aftermarket options
- check the Twisted Throttle online catalog for a list of aftermarket parts available for the bike
I've owned two Versys, a version 1 and now a version 2. I've only had to replace normal wear and tear items like brake pads, tires, clutch cable, chain and sprockets, spark plugs, etc.