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New old service suggestions welcome

I just brought home a '09 Versys. I am fairly handy (i.e. can read/follow a service manual) with a decent tool selection thanks to my father who is a mechanic. One of the appealing traits of the Versys is its reliability. I enjoy DIY tasks and look forward to tackling the day-to-day maintenance. Here is what my father and I did on day 1:
  • Oil and filter change
  • Brake fluid flush and refill
  • Chain slack adjustment
  • Tire pressure check
  • Right mirror tension tightening
  • Rear brake pedal and clutch/brake lever adjustments
I am disappointed/concerned at the oil and brake fluid state. Both needed to be changed badly. Fresh brake fluid worked wonders for the feel of the front brake. On my list today is to drain and refill the coolant.

What other maintenance items should be tackled?

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check your air filter and depending on miles you might wanna check your plugs and valves (this winter)

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I just brought home a '09 Versys.<snip>

I am disappointed/concerned at the oil and brake fluid state. Both needed to be changed badly. Fresh brake fluid worked wonders for the feel of the front brake. On my list today is to drain and refill the coolant.


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Brake fluid is hygroscopic, i.e. at attracts moisture and alien fecal matter. don't be disturbed at the condition of the fluid, it should be changed every 2 years MAX.

oil change I'd guess is just a simple case of parental neglect.

Good start!

I'd look at the brake pads (fairly easy, DIY posts elsewhere I won't repeat easily found information), the condition of the tires (tread depth, bulges, cracks, etc) if the tires are OEM. they're likely pretty old.
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Cables. Wheel alignment. Head bearings.

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If the bike has been left unattended for a period of time, advise to check body parts for any rust, especially the frame under the seat....
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Valve adjustment.
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I just brought home a '09 Versys. I am fairly handy (i.e. can read/follow a service manual) with a decent tool selection thanks to my father who is a mechanic. One of the appealing traits of the Versys is its reliability. I enjoy DIY tasks and look forward to tackling the day-to-day maintenance. Here is what my father and I did on day 1:
  • Oil and filter change
  • Brake fluid flush and refill
  • Chain slack adjustment
  • Tire pressure check
  • Right mirror tension tightening
  • Rear brake pedal and clutch/brake lever adjustments
I am disappointed/concerned at the oil and brake fluid state. Both needed to be changed badly. Fresh brake fluid worked wonders for the feel of the front brake. On my list today is to drain and refill the coolant.

What other maintenance items should be tackled?

Thanks!
Replace spark plugs and clean air filter. Adjust valves. Do a throttle body sync immediately after the valve adjust. It will smooth out vibration. Wheel and head bearings as well as swing arm bearings may need replacement - would check at minimum. Adjust suspension front and back for weight and riding style. Replace fork oil with 10W synthetic fork oil. A rear tire hugger will keep dirt and grit off the rear shock and make it last longer. It will also keep dirt off the voltage regulator and prevent it overheating.

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two wheels, the fork oil issue is a good catch. Is that difficult? Any recommendation on specific cSt or brand?

We have a 2009 that I have been going through. Things seem to have held up quite well. When we got it, I did a short period oil change to make sure any gunk was out. Would have done two brake fluid changes except it seemed just fine the first time through.

Alignment was off from the hash marks in the rear, just a little bit.

Rattles in the fairing traced to cracked fasteners - also put in some stick-on foam to cushion the panels.

Runs slightly better with 100% gasoline.

There's a vacuum hose between the throttle bodies fix here somewhere that I have the hose for, but haven't gotten around to.

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two wheels, the fork oil issue is a good catch. Is that difficult?...
Try SEARCH for info on doing that job.

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two wheels, the fork oil issue is a good catch. Is that difficult? Any recommendation on specific cSt or brand?
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10W synthetic fork oil, lighter oil (7.5W) will reduce damping, heavier oil (15W) will increase it. IMO I would stick with 10W unless you are exceptionally heavy. Synthetic fork oil will offer more consistent damping over temperature variations and has additives that are supposed to reduce seal friction and sticking.

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