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Hello everyone, I am a new member to this forum. I recently took delivery on my 2016 Versys. The Versys is my second bike as I am also a beginner rider. I trained on a small 250cc Honda for about a year and then graduated to the Versys. I am excited about getting to know this bike and getting to explore the world along the way. I look forward to learning as much as possible from this forum too! Thanks!
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WELCOME!! I did the same thing - relearned on a Honda Rebel and then moved on to the Versys. I still have my Honda, and I ride it when my wife and I go out riding together (she has a Yamaha V-Star 250). She does not like speed, so all our riding together is back roads with 45 mph speed limits. Enjoy your new ride!

Forty years away from 2 wheel fun. Sure is great to be back smelling the roses!!!
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Thanks for the welcome! I just sold my nighthawk today. I hated to see her go, but I am loving my Versys so far. Do you happen to have any info on lowering kits and replacement kickstands for the bike? The bike is very tall, which I knew beforehand, but I decided that lowering the bike would make me feel much better for stopping and parking the bike. I would appreciate any info you or anyone else can provide. I saw a thread on the topic somewhere in here and today I can't find it.
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Welcome to the forum. I'm a somewhat new rider too. Started on a Honda NC700x, went to a Versys 1000, and then bought a Concours 14. I still have the V1k and use it to commute to work. The Concours is the weekend fun bike.
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Thanks for the welcome! I just sold my nighthawk today. I hated to see her go, but I am loving my Versys so far. Do you happen to have any info on lowering kits and replacement kickstands for the bike? The bike is very tall, which I knew beforehand, but I decided that lowering the bike would make me feel much better for stopping and parking the bike. I would appreciate any info you or anyone else can provide. I saw a thread on the topic somewhere in here and today I can't find it.
Try Motowerks lowering kit, My buddy installed it on his 2016 650. He has had good luck with it, no problems.

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Thanks Lurch71! I emailed the folks at Motowerks and they said there is no replacement kickstand that will fit on a 2016 Versys so it looks like I am going to have to go with the kickstand kit. I was really hoping to not have cut the OEM kickstand, but it looks like that's what I'm going to have to do. I guess I will have to buy an OEM kickstand used later on if I want to put the bike back to stock height if I ever sell it. I appreciate your feedback.
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Thanks Lurch71! I emailed the folks at Motowerks and they said there is no replacement kickstand that will fit on a 2016 Versys so it looks like I am going to have to go with the kickstand kit. I was really hoping to not have cut the OEM kickstand, but it looks like that's what I'm going to have to do. I guess I will have to buy an OEM kickstand used later on if I want to put the bike back to stock height if I ever sell it. I appreciate your feedback.
I would suggest installing the lowering kit without modifying the kickstand and riding it that way for a while to see if you really need to mod the kickstand. My Versys came used with a lowering kit installed and stock kickstand and I rode it for a season before raising it back to stock. I have 32inch inseam and prefer the bike at regular height. I found the stock kick stand worked fine with the bike lowered. It was very stable with
the stock kickstand and lowering kit installed. Do not forget to lower front forks with installation of lowering kit. Change in the shock angle with lowering kit installed also will require a suspension adjustment. The bike will also benefit from a suspension adjustment if you are over or under 150lb.
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