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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-27-2012, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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2012 Versys In Oz

Hi everyone.

The Versys is my first ever bike. Picked it up about a week ago.

I started riding about 4 months ago on a Yamaha TMax 500 scooter which I still have, and love dearly.

Am just starting on the farkling process and have so far fitted:

- SW Motech ALURack & Monokey Plate
- Givi V46 Box
- GLPro LED Gear Indicator
- SW Motech 12V Quick-Lock Tank Ring & Bag
- Oxford Heated Grips
- Bark Busters - Storm
- SW Motech Engine Crash Bars
- Radguard Radiator Guard
- Extenda Fender
- SW Motech Handlebar Mount Bar
- Givi D410 Screen


Coming this week will be:

- Michellin Pilot Road 3 tyres (have read bad reports on the OEM Dunlop D221 in the wet).
- 44T Rear Sprocket (do not like the low gearing for commuting)
- Akrapovic SP Slip On Exhaust (I want to be heard in traffic)


I also have on order:

- SW Motec Rear Racks
- Givi V35 Panniers
- SW Motech Engine Guard
- Madstad Versys Screen Mounts & 18" Screen (Madstad going through final tests for the versys Robo mod).
- Seat Concepts Seat Foam & Cover


Am thinking about:

- Braided Brakelines, I have gotten mixed feedback as to the benefits of these for an inexperience rider.
- Paddock Stand
- Crash sliders for front axle/forks & rear axle.
- Custom replacement rear shock


It really has been fun working on the bike to fit all these mods. Hopefully all mods will be finished in about a month and the bike will suit all of my needs.

Cheers


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Hi, you really have been busy! I'd love to check out the mods sometime.
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Just a quick reply from an another oz rider.

If you're going for the 44T you may as well go the 43T. The 43T rocks!

Braided brake lines are gold. I'm on a 2008 so the 2012 may be better but the old brakes on mine were ****e. Best $190 I ever spent. You can get them cheaper I'm sure. I'm only a newish rider and the extra braking does not in any way make it more difficult to control braking.

I put a set of PR3's on mine too. 8500km later and the rear is starting to flatten out I was hoping to get a bit more out of them before that happened. Seem like a good tyre tho. No slipping at all (Sydney commuter and long trips).

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Welcome, wow you have been busy with all those mods.
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Welcome! personally, I'm very happy with my 44T

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Welcome, wow you have been busy with all those mods.

I plan to mainly commute from the inner west to the CBD on this bike and replace my current Yamaha TMax 500 once I get the V properly accessorised.

Also interested in some short tours over the weekends, etc.

The V is a pretty rare sight on our local roads, I have not seen one on the road, ever.

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Hi, you really have been busy! I'd love to check out the mods sometime.
No probs, I am located in Concord, whereabouts are you?

I will probably be in a good position to show you the completed project in 2-3 weeks.

What have you done to your beastie?
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Just a quick reply from an another oz rider.

If you're going for the 44T you may as well go the 43T. The 43T rocks!

Braided brake lines are gold. I'm on a 2008 so the 2012 may be better but the old brakes on mine were ****e. Best $190 I ever spent. You can get them cheaper I'm sure. I'm only a newish rider and the extra braking does not in any way make it more difficult to control braking.

I put a set of PR3's on mine too. 8500km later and the rear is starting to flatten out I was hoping to get a bit more out of them before that happened. Seem like a good tyre tho. No slipping at all (Sydney commuter and long trips).

JB
I am now going to fit the 43T as that is the only locally avail steel sprocket. I will fit that and see how it feels. I have a 44T steel on the way from the US, should be here in a few weeks.

Where did you get the braided lines from? Did you fit them yourself? This is one item I would prefer to have fitted.

Pity about the low klm wear on the PR3's as they are near as damn $500 fitted locally or do you have a cheaper alternative?

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" Michellin Pilot Road 3 tyres (have read bad reports on the OEM Dunlop D221 in the wet"

Also check-out the Continental Road attack 2's....on my second set .....did 180 miles yesterday 75% in the rain ( wanted to ride and not letting the weather stop me....)
The Pilot Road 3's are supposed to be phenomenal But the Conti's do pretty well too in the wet and are unbelievable in the dry.
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" Michellin Pilot Road 3 tyres (have read bad reports on the OEM Dunlop D221 in the wet"

Also check-out the Continental Road attack 2's....on my second set .....did 180 miles yesterday 75% in the rain ( wanted to ride and not letting the weather stop me....)
The Pilot Road 3's are supposed to be phenomenal But the Conti's do pretty well too in the wet and are unbelievable in the dry.
Just sayin....
Great recommendation, thanks!

How many miles/klm can you get out of a set?

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Great recommendation, thanks!

How many miles/klm can you get out of a set?
Start with the Conti's at about 10k on clock. lost the rear with 7500 miles due to a freeway flat! still had lots of tread too ( replaced with same ).
Now 18500 miles on bike over-all and the Conti front is great still with 8500 miles on it. ( newer rear due to the flat).
The Pilot Road 3's have great reviews (especially in the wet) and I may try them after I eat these Conti's but....I love my Conti's!
Slow corners are fast and Fast corners are faster than I could have thought possible....Guess it comes down to price.....but Conti's tech with the single compound cured at different temps etc. sure works for me
They bite like the devil they do!

Hope that helps.


PS....I went with 'Super-sprox USA' 44t.......turned first gear from a stump-puller to a usable gear and zeroed out the speedo too. Odo is off a wee bit now but not by much.
Two camps on the sprocket issue...I went with what I went with and am very happy.
Plenty of research here at the forum.
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