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Hi all - I suppose this should be an introduction.

I bought a black 2012 Versys just this morning in West Virginia. I live and work in the DC area. So far, I'm quite happy with it. I've been eyeing the Versys for years and only in the last year have I started sniffing around for prices and the like.

A few weeks ago, my beloved Ninja 250 had some variety of catastrophic engine failure (dropped a valve I suspect) and is currently out of service while I perform a heart transplant on the old girl. I intend to swap in a new motor on my 250 and maintain both it and the KLE.

I'm fortunate enough that I've had the option of getting the bike on relatively short notice, and it is a helluva blast. Definitely has wayyyy more power than the old 250's I've been riding for the last 6 years.

For the Versys, I'm looking at immediate modifications/additions of
  1. Barkbuster handguards
  2. Givi engine guards
  3. HT Teton Panniers

I was impressed with how the handguards and engine guards assisted in helping the bike when it went down in an online review. The panniers are something I've always wanted.

Beyond these items, I want to rig extra lights, figure out the vibration situation in the handlebars (oh parallel twins! ), rig up a better windshield, install a skidplate (I'm paranoid about the placement of the oilfilter and install a topbox to match my panniers. I'll be looking for a way to light the panniers (and eventually the topbox), both side and rear, for added visibility at night. Hoping for a red/amber LED strip down the rear side-outboard edges that also function as turn signals, along with amber LED strips on the outboard sides to act as running lights. I should be able to run these off the rear accessory line, with some variety of quick disconnect that allows me to easily disconnect the panniers.

As of right now, I've got a few questions though.

  1. Does anyone have an audible 'click' when you close the throttle?
  2. What may be the best solution for handlebar vibration?
  3. How does FI react to the cold?
  4. I want to bring my GPS over to the Versys. Does it have positive and negative accessory leads hanging off the wiring harness? Specifically from the front? I've seen some wiring diagrams that reference such leads, but they all apear to be (-).

I live in the DC Metro area, and if anyone would like to meet up for a ride/wrench, please let me know! I've got plenty of experience wrenching on my 250's, but would really appreciate anyone letting me observe/help them wrench here in the DC area. Hell- I'll bring the beer!

Thanks in advance for answering any questions,

JC
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[*]Does anyone have an audible 'click' when you close the throttle?
The sound the the throttle pulley plate hits the idle adjustment screw on the engine's right side.
[*]What may be the best solution for handlebar vibration? Check idle rpm at 1300, throttle bodies (tb) balanced, connect together tb fitting with a 6 inch rubber hoses, http://www.shop.motowerk.com/Anti-vi...ANVB-HB-RS.htm (never tried it), change to less sensitive mirrors that vibrate.
[*]How does FI react to the cold? Sorry, hot and wet only year round.
[*]I want to bring my GPS over to the Versys. Does it have positive and negative accessory leads hanging off the wiring harness? Specifically from the front? I've seen some wiring diagrams that reference such leads, but they all appear to be (-) - Try search on GPS or Garmin. Plenty of info there.

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[*]Does anyone have an audible 'click' when you close the throttle?
The sound the the throttle pulley plate hits the idle adjustment screw on the engine's right side.
[*]What may be the best solution for handlebar vibration? Check idle rpm at 1300, throttle bodies (tb) balanced, connect together tb fitting with a 6 inch rubber hoses, http://www.shop.motowerk.com/Anti-vi...ANVB-HB-RS.htm (never tried it), change to less sensitive mirrors that vibrate.
[*]I want to bring my GPS over to the Versys. Does it have positive and negative accessory leads hanging off the wiring harness? Specifically from the front? I've seen some wiring diagrams that reference such leads, but they all appear to be (-) - Try search on GPS or Garmin. Plenty of info there.

Thanks.
Excellent - I've got the idle adjusted properly, I'll try the different risers or something along those lines. As for the clicking - I'm fairly certain that this is coming from the throttle or somewhere forward. Turns out that the throttle click was indeed with the idle screw! Thanks! I've never seen a bike with such a loud return!

Searching for GPS gives me a few ideas on how to rig up a GPS, I might run a fuseblock, relay it off some circuit so that it gets power with the key. Will do a formal writeup if I go that route.
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Searching for GPS gives me a few ideas on how to rig up a GPS, I might run a fuseblock, relay it off some circuit so that it gets power with the key. Will do a formal writeup if I go that route.
A number of people with a fuse block have used the tail light lead to trigger the relay.

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I am a new Versys owner in Alexandria VA, just bought an 08 two weeks ago to replace my V-strom. Familiar with the riding roads in the area? If not, I'd be happy to show you some roade. Send me a PM.
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