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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-23-2017, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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Another newbie....

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Put my $$ down on a '16 650 over the weekend. Hoping to pick it up later this week. This site looks to have a great deal of info for the Versys. I can't wait to dive in.
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I bought my Versys for commuting and everyday transportation. From what everyone sounds it's the do everything bike with a great sales price.
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to the forum, and yes, lots of info on this site
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thanks guys. I just got the call from the dealer that I can pick up the bike tomorrow morning. I'm so stoked.
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A couple pointers: Make sure you get the owners manual, which contains important info on your ABS and how to remove the plastic, servicing etc. I had to ask twice and there was difficulty in finding the 2015 manual. As to the service manual, available in PDF up to 2015 on this forum.
Check the throttle free play, should be about 0.010 - 0.025 cable slack.
Check clutch free play. Have the dealer show you how to check the oil level in the sight glass, this does two things, verifies the level is correct and you see what it should look like.
Take the time to adjust the mirrors, and FYI normally the clutch grabs when it has been sitting for a while, make a habit of having the brake on when engaging first gear.


There is some free stuff included with the bike in Canada, worth roughly $300 Canadian. Couple things to steer clear of, the OEM heated grips aren't the best and are double$ of Oxford or other much better grips. I got Barkbusters and Oxford grips through the dealer as part of my free $$, also the accessory relay.Others have varied opinions of the 650 ABS LT, personally I like my trekker cases and Givi V56 top case.

Enough for now,
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A couple pointers: Make sure you get the owners manual, which contains important info on your ABS and how to remove the plastic, servicing etc. I had to ask twice and there was difficulty in finding the 2015 manual. As to the service manual, available in PDF up to 2015 on this forum.
Check the throttle free play, should be about 0.010 - 0.025 cable slack.
Check clutch free play. Have the dealer show you how to check the oil level in the sight glass, this does two things, verifies the level is correct and you see what it should look like.
Take the time to adjust the mirrors, and FYI normally the clutch grabs when it has been sitting for a while, make a habit of having the brake on when engaging first gear.


There is some free stuff included with the bike in Canada, worth roughly $300 Canadian. Couple things to steer clear of, the OEM heated grips aren't the best and are double$ of Oxford or other much better grips. I got Barkbusters and Oxford grips through the dealer as part of my free $$, also the accessory relay.Others have varied opinions of the 650 ABS LT, personally I like my trekker cases and Givi V56 top case.

Enough for now,
Thanks for the info OneWizard. I've been riding bikes for almost 30 years so I have a pretty good hand on setting the bike up. I have a set of heat demon grips here just waiting to be put on that I have left over from another project before. I already have peg lowering brackets, fuzeblock, gps mount, thermobob, givi side cases on order. Only problem is going to be finding time to tear it apart when I won't be wanting to ride it.

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Thanks for the info OneWizard. I've been riding bikes for almost 30 years so I have a pretty good hand on setting the bike up. I have a set of heat demon grips here just waiting to be put on that I have left over from another project before. I already have peg lowering brackets, fuzeblock, gps mount, thermobob, givi side cases on order. Only problem is going to be finding time to tear it apart when I won't be wanting to ride it.
Me over 40 years of riding, just thought it appropriate to post this, funny thing is I missed something real important, that 2015 owners have come across. The Adjustable wind screen is to have a concave washer on each adjustment knob, plus 1 large flat washer, many of us have found 2 large flat washers, end result is knob vibrates loose and in one case the knob went missing on a ride. I am sure Eddie can fill you in on this.
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It's a VERY good idea to check that the bolts holding the calipers to the bike are PROPERLY torqued (some early bikes had them vibrate loose and fall OFF), and check the rear-brake reservoir isn't OVERFULL.

I can't give you the Gen 3 torque values, as MY Gen 3 SERVICE MANUAL is in Canada right now....

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Thanks for the info OneWizard. I've been riding bikes for almost 30 years so I have a pretty good hand on setting the bike up. I have a set of heat demon grips here just waiting to be put on that I have left over from another project before. I already have peg lowering brackets, fuzeblock, gps mount, thermobob, givi side cases on order. Only problem is going to be finding time to tear it apart when I won't be wanting to ride it.


The Fuzeblock will mount nicely under the left fairing.

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Well here she is:



When I got home with it the Givi bags were waiting on the porch from the UPS man. Bags are installed.

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Are those Givi bags easily removable like the OEM bags?
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Are those Givi bags easily removable like the OEM bags?
yes they just pop off/on.

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