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hi everyone, so i've been thinking about buying a versys. I haven't ridden one yet, a couple things that are concerning to me are some people think the engine is somewhat buzzy and that the suspension is a little harsh or shall we on the sporty side - everything else I've read about like the dash buzz seems to be an easy fix.

I once had an 04 fjr 1300 and the engine buzz is the reason I sold it after about a year, despite trying throttle body sync, heavier bar end weights and grip puppies, my hands and wrists were still going numb.

so is the engine buzzy?
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so is the engine buzzy?
I haven't been riding my Versys much through the winter. But I don't remember any buzz

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Never heard of an engine buzz....

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lets say vibration?
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hi everyone, so i've been thinking about buying a versys. I haven't ridden one yet, a couple things that are concerning to me are some people think the engine is somewhat buzzy and that the suspension is a little harsh or shall we on the sporty side - everything else I've read about like the dash buzz seems to be an easy fix.

I once had an 04 fjr 1300 and the engine buzz is the reason I sold it after about a year, despite trying throttle body sync, heavier bar end weights and grip puppies, my hands and wrists were still going numb.

so is the engine buzzy?
I've had (have the versys now) both bikes, the fjr is known to have a bit of a buzz at 4k rpm. Don't think the versys is known to buzz at any specific rpm, but a parallel twin isn't known for being silky smooth either.

Gonna guess here and say that the versys might be better for some because it has a more upright riding position. If one puts a lot of weight on the handlebars, any buzz is going to contribute to numbing your hands.

I've had my versys seat modified by Spencer, no more sliding into the tank and it's quite comfortable. Relaxed upright position. It's really pretty awesome.
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I once had an 04 fjr 1300 and the engine buzz is the reason I sold it after about a year, despite trying throttle body sync, heavier bar end weights and grip puppies, my hands and wrists were still going numb.

so is the engine buzzy?
Grip puppies solved all my issues with handlebar vibes. Not trying to be a smart a$$ but since you seem to be sensitive to the issue, you are going to have to ride one and decide for yourself.

Coming off a cruiser, I think the Versys has a distinct handlebar vibe. It made my hands tingle and fatigue. They would hurt for hours after a long ride. The grip puppies cured this for me completely.

I must add, there is a noticeable engine vibe but not wide in the RPM range. I think it is mostly in the 4500-5000 range. Once I move above or below that range, everything smooths out.

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Grip puppies solved all my issues with handlebar vibes. Not trying to be a smart a$$ but since you seem to be sensitive to the issue, you are going to have to ride one and decide for yourself.

Coming off a cruiser, I think the Versys has a distinct handlebar vibe. It made my hands tingle and fatigue. They would hurt for hours after a long ride. The grip puppies cured this for me completely.

I must add, there is a noticeable engine vibe but not wide in the RPM range. I think it is mostly in the 4500-5000 range. Once I move above or below that range, everything smooths out.


Exactly what I'm thinking. You probably wont like the versys.



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Yep, I agree with the grip puppies. About 4500 - 5000 rpm it is noticeable to a degree but the grip puppies are a plus. I really doesn't matter what bike you ride you are either going to have a vibration or a buzz. It's a motorcycle.

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This worked for me....http://shop.motowerkcalifornia.com/A...ANVB-HB-RS.htm

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Welcome Jonny, you need to really test ride a versys to see if its for you.
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If you're comparing it to an fjr1300, yeah it's going to feel much buzzier than an inline 4, it's just the nature of the twin cylinders. If the bike really interests you then you need to demo one. The seating position is more neutral than the fjr1300 and the weight much lighter, flickable is the best word I can describe it. If you really want to be impressed, take a midsize cruiser for a spin then the Versys, you'll know then if it's right for you.
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There are many factors that go into selecting any bike. For me, I bought the Versys because I live on a dirt road and love to ride those back roads, but I commute on a 4-lane divided highway. The Versys is designed to handle both reasonably well.

One thing about the Versys no one has mentioned is the seat height. Many people including me find the bike very tall. The stock seat is 33 inches tall. I installed the lowering link from Motowerk which lowers the rear suspension 1.8 inches, and am much happier with the bike.

I also softened the rear suspension preload and though the difference is not as dramatic as the lowering link, it seems to help.

The Versys also has a thriving after-market community that makes it possible to modify the bike to suit the needs of your own riding style.

Oh yeah, and is it buzzy? There's definitely some vibration in the handlebars but not bad enough to avoid buying the bike.

Good luck and safe riding!

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My 2011 Versys doesn't seem buzzy to me. And I've had a couple of buzzy bikes. One I fixed with heavier bar end weights and grip puppies. The other I sold.

No dash buzz on mine.

Suspension is harsh. I think the rear shock needs replacement. Apparently the front can be improved simply by modifying the shim stack.

On my Versys the grips are really smooth, but the rubber-mounted bar-end weights do vibrate, and it takes some effort to keep part of my hands from resting on them when I ride. I'll probably switch to solid mounted weights to fix that.

I've read that the older gen FJR had some buzz. If it was the bike for you other than the buzz, maybe you'd like a newer one? OTOH with suspension mods, maybe you'd like a Versys too?
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If you're comparing it to an fjr1300, yeah it's going to feel much buzzier than an inline 4, it's just the nature of the twin cylinders.
Buzziest bike I've had was an inline 4.
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I believe that every motorcycle has vibration. How much vibration, the frequency of the vibration and what RPMs it is more prevelant than others all come into play. Whether or not you find the vibration unpleasant depends on you. Personally I prefer the low frequency vibration from V-twins and Parallel twins over the high frequency vibrations inline 4 and flat 6 engines produce.

I think ones perception of vibration depends a lot on how sensitive they are to vibration. I have to wear winter leather gloves when I run my gas powered line trimmer because it will numb my fingers for hours. I do wear quality leather riding gloves on the motorcycles because they provide protection, better grip, and some vibration damping.
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Get the vibes out of the dash and the headlight, and really...the bike is great.

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thanks everyone for you input. I don't have any plans on buying a versys without doing an adequate test ride first. Before I had the fjr I had a few bikes but never a vibration problem, and since the fjr I've had a few bikes and again no vibration problem, but since I had such a frustrating time with my fjr I just get a little weary when I read that some people are complaining about the vibes. I've done a lot of reading around different websites about the versys and from time to time I read something and vibes coming through to the rider, but I know that a test ride would pretty much answer my questions, I just like to hear how everyone here feels about the subject.
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07-09 bikes had buzzing from the dash area of the fairing although it is easy to fix with some foam weatherstripping tape

not a lot of serious vibration from the engine
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07-09 bikes had buzzing from the dash area of the fairing although it is easy to fix with some foam weatherstripping tape

not a lot of serious vibration from the engine
I've had the same experience described here. There is a buzzing from the dash area from my '09 around 4000-5000. I also don't notice any intense vibration.


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I don't seem to have any significate problem with handgrip buzz/vibe. But I do notice a vibe in the mirrors & the imagages behind me.

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