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Cool Hello from a new member of V brotherhood :)

Hello everyone!

Just bought a brand new 2017 Versys 650 couple of days ago and I'm a happy camper.
Have to do the break-in so I'm taking it easy (not that I would take it hard anyway ) but can't wait to see what she can do.
Just thought I'd stop by and say hello.

Here we are (can you tell who's prettier? )
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Greetings and welcome to the forum! Lots of good stuff here. Mine is about a two years old now and still love the mid weight touring bike. I followed the owners manual during the break in period. I reasoned you only get to do it once, and I don't get too many brand new toys, so it was fun. Ride safe and have fun!
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Dude,

That is a nice looking bike. Did it come with the top case?
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Hello everyone!

Just bought a brand new 2017 Versys 650 couple of days ago and I'm a happy camper.
Have to do the break-in so I'm taking it easy (not that I would take it hard anyway ) but can't wait to see what she can do.
Just thought I'd stop by and say hello.

Here we are (can you tell who's prettier? )
Awesome! My LT gets delivered tomorrow morning (Sat), same color! Question for you...how tall are you and how is the seat height? Do you plan to lower it?
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Awesome! My LT gets delivered tomorrow morning (Sat), same color! Question for you...how tall are you and how is the seat height? Do you plan to lower it?
Hey man, sorry for the late reply I wasn't checking the forum for a few days.

I'm 1.73m tall (5.67ft) and I can't flatfoot it (I'm about ~5cm or ~2" off). I wasn't planning on lowering it initially because I can hold it on my toes, but it does require quite a bit of extra concentration whenever you're stopping or making slow maneuvers because if the weight shifts too quickly on one side you may not be able to hold it with your toes. I can flatfoot one leg while holding the other one on the peg, that's also an option to keep it steady but it takes practice and it can be a bit inconvenient.
Being able to flatfoot a motorcycle (especially these days when they make them on the heavy side) definitely adds to your confidence and stability, no doubt about it. And since you're not always going to have flat, paved terrain or good footing to stop on, uneven terrain/surface can be intimidating if you can't hold the bike rock steady.

I have to be honest I already laid it down once on each side when I released the clutch too fast (still getting used to it) and the weight shift caught me off guard. It was at a stand still so there wasn't any damage to the fairing at all, I only got a couple of scrapes on the handlebars, light scratches on turn signals and a busted clutch lever, but other than that it was painless (knock on wood).

So after that I began thinking maybe it would be better to lower the seat height so I can always have strong footing to hold the bike if it starts to lean due to one reason or another. I'm currently thinking of taking the stock seat to the upholsterer to shave off an inch of foam and see what happens. It's a cheaper and quicker solution and even 1" would mean a lot. I'm not really looking forward to having the suspension lowered because it's a fairly complicated procedure, involves a crapload of modifications and it's a lot more expensive.
On top of purchasing the lowering kit and bending the rear preload adjuster to the back to be able to install it, I also have to lower the front suspension and modify the side stand as well. So I have to purchase all these parts, pay to have them delivered to me and pay someone to lower front suspension since this is my first motorcycle and I don't want to mess with the forks at all. And then I have to cut the stock side stand too and install a custom one that I have to purchase separately. So I'm looking at a $400 price tag for all this, which is quite a lot for 2".
And if that isn't enough, I would also probably void my warranty in some way because I bought the bike brand new and it comes with a 2-year warranty.

So in the end, it's either a lot of practice or a lot of money. Kinda like the Game of Thrones - you either pay the iron price or the gold price.
But I'll have to ride it and practice more to be able to come to a final decision, that's honestly all I can tell you now.
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Dude,

That is a nice looking bike. Did it come with the top case?
Thanks! No, I actually bought the top case and parts separately and they mounted it at the dealership for me.
It's a Kappa K46NT case and it also requires Kappa KR4114 rear rack and KM5M monolock plate, both sold separately.
It's an awesome case because it has a monolock system which allows you to detach the case with a push of a button while leaving the plate and rack mounted.
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Awesome! My LT gets delivered tomorrow morning (Sat), same color! Question for you...how tall are you and how is the seat height? Do you plan to lower it?
Hey, sorry for the late reply I wasn't checking the forum for a few days. I wrote a reply last night but it somehow got lost (it needed some moderator approval?) so I'm trying to recover that reply from memory.

I'm 1.73m tall (5'8") and I can't flatfoot it (I'm about ~5cm or ~2" off). I wasn't planning on lowering it because I can manage for now, but it does require extra concentration when stopping or making slow speed maneuvers because if the weight shifts too quickly you may not be able to hold it with your toes. I can flatfoot it on one side with the other foot resting on the peg though, but it does require a bit of practice and it can be inconvenient. Being able to flatfoot a motorcycle adds to your stability and confidence, no doubt about that (especially these days when they make them on the heavy side). Because you won't always have a level terrain or clean pavement to stop on and holding a motorcycle with your toes on tricky surfaces can be intimidating. It all comes down to practice and technique, I guess.

I have to be honest, I laid it down once on each side so far because I released the clutch too fast and the weight shift caught me off guard. I was able to ease it down somewhat and it was at a stand still so there was no damage to the bike other than some scrapes on each handlebar, some light scratches on turn signals and a broken clutch lever. Other than that, it was painless (knock on wood).

So after that I began thinking of lowering it. I was going to take the seat to the upholsterer and have him shave off an inch of foam and see how it goes, because even 1" means a lot. I wasn't going to modify the suspension because it's a pretty complicated procedure and it costs a lot more money. Not only do I have to buy the lowering kit and bend the rear preload adjuster backwards in order to have it installed, I also have to lower the front suspension and modify the side stand as well. So I have to buy all those parts and have them delivered to me, I have to pay someone to lower the front end because it's my first motorcycle and I don't want to mess with the forks at all, and I also have to cut the stock side stand and install a custom one. So I'm looking at a $400 price tag and that's a lot of money for 2". I would much rather spend those $400 on riding the bike.
Not to mention that I would probably void my warranty because it's a brand new bike and it has a 2-year warranty on it.

So it's either a lot of practice or a lot of money. Kinda like in the Game of Thrones - you either pay the iron price or the gold price.
Either way I'll have to ride it and practice more in order to make a final decision, because right now I honestly don't know.

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Hey man, sorry for the late reply I wasn't checking the forum for a few days.

I'm 1.73m tall (5.67ft) and I can't flatfoot it (I'm about ~5cm or ~2" off). I wasn't planning on lowering it initially because I can hold it on my toes, but it does require quite a bit of extra concentration whenever you're stopping or making slow maneuvers because if the weight shifts too quickly on one side you may not be able to hold it with your toes. I can flatfoot one leg while holding the other one on the peg, that's also an option to keep it steady but it takes practice and it can be a bit inconvenient.
Being able to flatfoot a motorcycle (especially these days when they make them on the heavy side) definitely adds to your confidence and stability, no doubt about it. And since you're not always going to have flat, paved terrain or good footing to stop on, uneven terrain/surface can be intimidating if you can't hold the bike rock steady.

I have to be honest I already laid it down once on each side when I released the clutch too fast (still getting used to it) and the weight shift caught me off guard. It was at a stand still so there wasn't any damage to the fairing at all, I only got a couple of scrapes on the handlebars, light scratches on turn signals and a busted clutch lever, but other than that it was painless (knock on wood).

So after that I began thinking maybe it would be better to lower the seat height so I can always have strong footing to hold the bike if it starts to lean due to one reason or another. I'm currently thinking of taking the stock seat to the upholsterer to shave off an inch of foam and see what happens. It's a cheaper and quicker solution and even 1" would mean a lot. I'm not really looking forward to having the suspension lowered because it's a fairly complicated procedure, involves a crapload of modifications and it's a lot more expensive.
On top of purchasing the lowering kit and bending the rear preload adjuster to the back to be able to install it, I also have to lower the front suspension and modify the side stand as well. So I have to purchase all these parts, pay to have them delivered to me and pay someone to lower front suspension since this is my first motorcycle and I don't want to mess with the forks at all. And then I have to cut the stock side stand too and install a custom one that I have to purchase separately. So I'm looking at a $400 price tag for all this, which is quite a lot for 2".
And if that isn't enough, I would also probably void my warranty in some way because I bought the bike brand new and it comes with a 2-year warranty.

So in the end, it's either a lot of practice or a lot of money. Kinda like the Game of Thrones - you either pay the iron price or the gold price.
But I'll have to ride it and practice more to be able to come to a final decision, that's honestly all I can tell you now.
OK this is getting annoying, this was post 11, caught in the moderated post spam filter,1 more and I pull a work order to disable this. No way of knowing unless a mod checks the New Members forum, this is the 12th legit person to get caught since May 2017!!!
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OK this is getting annoying, this was post 11, caught in the moderated post spam filter,1 more and I pull a work order to disable this. No way of knowing unless a mod checks the New Members forum, this is the 12th legit person to get caught since May 2017!!!
LOL

Ok, let's compare them and see if my memory is worth a damn. haha

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I did pretty good, eh?

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Ok, let's compare them and see if my memory is worth a damn. haha
Yes , just sounding off, the spam filter traps everything but, like I said, 1 more and I ask to disable it. Two new members never got past their first post, possibly gone forever. Actually I think I will pull a work order right now! LOL
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Hey man, sorry for the late reply I wasn't checking the forum for a few days.

I'm 1.73m tall (5.67ft) and I can't flatfoot it (I'm about ~5cm or ~2" off). I wasn't planning on lowering it initially because I can hold it on my toes, but it does require quite a bit of extra concentration whenever you're stopping or making slow maneuvers because if the weight shifts too quickly on one side you may not be able to hold it with your toes. I can flatfoot one leg while holding the other one on the peg, that's also an option to keep it steady but it takes practice and it can be a bit inconvenient.
Being able to flatfoot a motorcycle (especially these days when they make them on the heavy side) definitely adds to your confidence and stability, no doubt about it. And since you're not always going to have flat, paved terrain or good footing to stop on, uneven terrain/surface can be intimidating if you can't hold the bike rock steady.

I have to be honest I already laid it down once on each side when I released the clutch too fast (still getting used to it) and the weight shift caught me off guard. It was at a stand still so there wasn't any damage to the fairing at all, I only got a couple of scrapes on the handlebars, light scratches on turn signals and a busted clutch lever, but other than that it was painless (knock on wood).

So after that I began thinking maybe it would be better to lower the seat height so I can always have strong footing to hold the bike if it starts to lean due to one reason or another. I'm currently thinking of taking the stock seat to the upholsterer to shave off an inch of foam and see what happens. It's a cheaper and quicker solution and even 1" would mean a lot. I'm not really looking forward to having the suspension lowered because it's a fairly complicated procedure, involves a crapload of modifications and it's a lot more expensive.
On top of purchasing the lowering kit and bending the rear preload adjuster to the back to be able to install it, I also have to lower the front suspension and modify the side stand as well. So I have to purchase all these parts, pay to have them delivered to me and pay someone to lower front suspension since this is my first motorcycle and I don't want to mess with the forks at all. And then I have to cut the stock side stand too and install a custom one that I have to purchase separately. So I'm looking at a $400 price tag for all this, which is quite a lot for 2".
And if that isn't enough, I would also probably void my warranty in some way because I bought the bike brand new and it comes with a 2-year warranty.

So in the end, it's either a lot of practice or a lot of money. Kinda like the Game of Thrones - you either pay the iron price or the gold price.
But I'll have to ride it and practice more to be able to come to a final decision, that's honestly all I can tell you now.
Hey no worries. Looks like our bikes have the same color scheme (here's my thread -> http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...y-arrived.html). They look great!

For what it's worth, Motowerk (where you would buy the lowering kit) has some pretty easy instructions for lowering the front suspension (here -> https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/11...57159767210442). I'll bet you could do it!
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Hey no worries. Looks like our bikes have the same color scheme (here's my thread -> http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...y-arrived.html). They look great!

For what it's worth, Motowerk (where you would buy the lowering kit) has some pretty easy instructions for lowering the front suspension (here -> https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/11...57159767210442). I'll bet you could do it!
I found your thread yesterday and put a like on it.
We got the twins, now we just need some female twins!

All jokes aside, I guess I could try but I'll have to give it some thought. Thanks for the link!
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