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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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New kawasaki Versys owner

I am 47 years old man from Norway, and have now bought me a Kawasaki Versys 2008 model.
Since I am 192cm tall it did not take long before I felt a need to change things like seat height, lower the foot pegs and have also bought new larger windshield.
After finding much information on Youtube I performed seat change myself. It was a great success.
Also amazing how much great Versys equipment you can buy on Ebay!
2 weeks ago I changed out the front-tyre to a new "Michelin Pilot Road 2" and immediately I noticed a very different sound riding the bike. The sound is like sitting near the wing on an airplane.
I've driven a while and thought at first it was a bearing that was faulty, but after checking all the options I find that when I drive on the newly laid asphalt spots sound disappears.
I see that there are others in the forum complaining about front tyre noise on Kawasaki Versys. Its unbelievable annoying and now I have to change the new tyre to something else and I hope to get the original type because its completely impossible to run with this one.
I read that some new tyres like michelin are built so they should last longer and that they make tyres with harder rubber in the middle and softer on the sides.
Regarding noise, maybe Kawa Versys are best using softer rubber in the middle, but then the tyre maybe last shorter, but I prefer change the front tyre more often ?
Anyhow it’s a nice Bike !

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 06:31 PM
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as far as noise of tyres goes, either use air plugs or turn the music up. The first priorty is safety, are your tyres sticking to the road for your riding style as I have not heard much about sound compaints more to do with handling or how long a tyre will last.

The angels I ride on do not seem that loud in my opinoin and handle pretty well in wet, track conditions and gravel.
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Bridgestone BT016 is a soft compound tire , but will not last.
Noise form tires , did,not notice much as I use ear plugs and the ride is awesome without the usual noise.

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I am using the stock Dunlops, and seriously I don't notice tire noise. These Dunlop fronts wears out faster than the rears and it wears off not in the middle section but about halfway between sidewall and center. Planning to get BT023 BridgeStones as the wear rate is real slow.

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