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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-18-2011, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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I picked up a new 08 Red Versys from Rexburg Motorsports a week past Thursday. My maiden trip on the Versys was a 300 mile jaunt down to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele Utah, while I was there I took the bike on the track for a few laps. While the Versys isn't a great track bike it was nice to be able to push the bike in the corners giving me more confidence in the bikes handling. The ride home from the track was fantastic with a good mix of freeway and winding backroads.

The second trip (last Tuesday) was a local 100 mile ride on winding mountain roads. By this time I was really starting to enjoy the Versys and become comfortable on it. Then disaster struck, on the way home from the 100 mile ride I stupidally let a friend ride the bike. He preceded to lay it over causing considerable damage to himself and the bike. Unfortunately I only had Liability Insurance on the bike and my ex-friend doesnt want to pay for the bike. Its a big mess.

The bike broke a case on the left side, and had a lot of rash on the right side (footpeg, fairing, bar-end, mirror etc). Im pretty bummed about the whole thing as the bike only had 700 miles on it when it went down. I have ordered the minimum amount of Kawi parts needed to get the bike back on the road and am waiting to order the rest of the parts until we figure out who is paying for it.

Its a pretty sad story but hopefully the bike will be back on the road again soon. Its a great bike and Im really missing it.

Here are some pre-accident pics of the bike.



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What a great friend you have!!!
A stranger would probably be more responsible!
I hope you learned a lesson from this unfortunate adventure!

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Yes I have learned my lesson for sure. In the future nobody is riding my bikes.
Im trying to stay positive and tell myself that the incident is a good excuse to get some aftermarket parts for the bike but its tough. A new Leo Vince pipe is on the way though
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Sorry to hear about that as it is bad enough if you damage your own bike without someone else doing it.
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I wouldn't allow a person who has limited bike (big bike) experience ride my V, unless they pay me a USD$2000 deposit

Sorry to hear abt the mishap and what a friend you have there! All the best in your plans to fix up the bike and make it unique.

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Its a bad deal for sure but Im hoping I will be able to get some money out of the owner.
The first batch of Kawi parts arrived today so Im excited to get them installed and get the bike back on the road again.
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Rest and all will heal. Talk to your friend and hope he is OK.

Trust you will be back soon on the V.

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Thank you Fastoman
My friend is going to be ok, just banged up a bit.

I started putting the bike back together lastnight.

Unfortunately the brackets on the frame that hold the radiator and rearsets were bent. I straightened them out best I could and painted the spots where the metal flaked off.
Im not super impressed with how flimsy the frame brackets are on the V but I guess it is what you get with a steel framed bike. My GSXR race bike is a lot easier to repair as it has a burly aluminum frame with bolt on brackets, so when it goes down you can replace the brackets that bend and the frame is still fine.
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Finally got the bike back together and took it for its first post accident ride lastnight. It performed very well, I sure love riding this motorcycle.

During the rebuild I installed the following aftermarket parts

Leo Vince SBK OVAL EVO II Aluminium Exhaust - Simple installation, beautiful Italian craftsmanship and with the quiet insert the bike has a nice purr but not too loud to be annoying

FLY Racing Banshee ATV Handlebars - The bars have a similar rise to the stock bar but with a bit more sweep and slightly wider. They are comfortable and provide a nice riding position that is very similar to stock. I had planned on removing the crossbar but unfortunately the bars came with clamps glued to the bar so when I tried to remove the clamp the anodizing underneath was coming off. I just left the crossbar on, it looks fine and is stronger anyway.

Next on the list of upgrades is SS brakelines, luggage and a windshield



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