Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Port Coquitlam, BC
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New guy in Vancouver, BC area
Just bought a slightly used Blue 2008 Versys with Givi V35 bags, a City tank bag, a battery tender, extended warranty and only 3300km for just over $6000. Lots of farkles comin' up... Changed the windscreen to a Kawasaki MRA with spoiler - helps the buffeting at higher speeds.
Just bought a Dan-Moto pipe and so far am pleased with it. It cost about $112 for the pipe, $8 for the extra baffle, shipping was about $40 - total was $166 plus $23 duty. Moderately easy to install - make sure the pipe lines up perfectly before tightening it up. I hear you can break the welds if you put too much stress on it. Quite loud, but really deep. Sounds great. (I wear earplugs). Very light with a titanium body and stainless end caps.
Not really fond of the stock tires, but will wear them out before I replace them. I've just adjusted my suspension according to the Cycle World article - very soft, haven't ridden it yet. More than half of my riding is with my wife on the back, so it'll be interesting trying to come up with a setting that works for both of us and me alone.
Need to paint the plastic frame covers and the wheels black during the winter. I put on a louder horn (Fiamm from Canadian Tire), made a mount for my radar detector, and installed a power outlet on the dash. Will probably change the rear sprocket to a 43 tooth - don't know if a 44 would make enough difference. I keep trying to grab 7th...
Now about me... in my 50's, 40 years riding motorcycles, last one was a Suzuki TL1000S with an Ohlins, Two Brothers pipes, braided lines, etc. The bike sounded great, was huge fun, but only fun when doing stupid sh*t. You know, wheelies, burnouts, etc. Bought the Versys to slow down and have fun. Didn't want a cruiser, so what about a big dirt bikey kind of thing? I really wanted the Triumph Tiger 800, but after taxes, etc, 2 1/2 times as expensive.
Have really enjoyed this forum - almost everyone seems like a decent person and tons of great bikes and ideas. Thanks
Dave in Port Coquitlam.