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Renting a 2009 650 Versys, guidance requested.

Hello Versys Forum,

I am renting a 2009 650 Versys to tour Nova Scotia 2 weeks from today. I travel a lot for work (I lecture on natural medicine) and really enjoy trying out new bikes and touring exotic locations when I've the time. I have 2 questions, I'd appreciate help with:

1. I prefer wearing a full face helment without the faceshield. This means need to limit direct wind on face. From perusing the forums, appears the stock screen is not tall enough. I was thinking of getting the Wunderlich screen extender. Has anyone tried this? Are there other options that can also be used on other bikes?

2. I would like to use a tank bag, which is not provided by the rental. I have a Cortech removable bag. Does anyone know which ring mount to order?

Thanks, Joe
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Why not just attach your faceshield for the rental trip? You should already have it, so it's free. Don't know that tank-bag, but IF it has a 'tether' line to attach to the steering head, it should work OK.



Oh yah - ride the Cabot Trail clockwise (got this advice from an oldtimer up there) so you'll have a lane between you and the drop-off.

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Hello Versys Forum,

I am renting a 2009 650 Versys to tour Nova Scotia 2 weeks from today. I travel a lot for work (I lecture on natural medicine) and really enjoy trying out new bikes and touring exotic locations when I've the time. I have 2 questions, I'd appreciate help with:

1. I prefer wearing a full face helment without the faceshield. This means need to limit direct wind on face. From perusing the forums, appears the stock screen is not tall enough. I was thinking of getting the Wunderlich screen extender. Has anyone tried this? Are there other options that can also be used on other bikes?

2. I would like to use a tank bag, which is not provided by the rental. I have a Cortech removable bag. Does anyone know which ring mount to order?

Thanks, Joe
There is no Versys shield I am aware of that will eliminate direct wind on the face. Visor is best. If you want extra venting crack it a notch. Just have them put the stock shield in the high position to keep it off your body. Four season adv. tour style gear is your best bet this time of year but it is doubtful you would need the insulated liner in Sept.


I'm in Halifax. If you have any questions or want some local advice send me a PM.

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Thanks, will bring face shield but still hope open face.

Clockwise on Cabot? I thought everyone was recommending counter-clockwise?!
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Nicer views going counter-clockwise. As I recall, the dropoffs all had barriers anyway, so not an issue. Check out Meat Cove if you have the time (northern tip of CB).
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Thanks, will bring face shield but still hope open face.

Clockwise on Cabot? I thought everyone was recommending counter-clockwise?!
I've only ever ridden it counter clockwise. I would say counter clockwise as you can stop on the shoulder to take pictures or just have a better look at the view. Watch for deer, they seem to come out at sunset.

If you have the time schedule a half day to check out Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Peggy's Cove perferably riding the coastal roads. PM me if you want a guide and riding partner for the Halifax, Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg loop.

Also suggest the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for a visit if sailing, shipping and navel warfare history is of any interest. They have a few restored WWI and WWII vessels you can tour and a few Titanic artifacts.

Camping is best at provincial and national park campgrounds as they are located on the site of the park and are very well maintained. Private campgrounds usually have less desirable locations. It can get cool at night this time of year (~50F night/70F day)

On a final note, and I mention this as you said you do not ride much with a visor, be sure to bring a bottle of spray anti fog spray and maybe something like rainX to make the water bead on the outside of the visor if you ride in the rain. They make a world of difference.

http://www.novascotia.com

http://parks.gov.ns.ca/

http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ns/cbreton/index.aspx

http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ns/kejimkujik/index.aspx


Peggy's Cove, just outside of Halifax
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Hello Versys Forum,

I am renting a 2009 650 Versys to tour Nova Scotia 2 weeks from today. I travel a lot for work (I lecture on natural medicine) and really enjoy trying out new bikes and touring exotic locations when I've the time. I have 2 questions, I'd appreciate help with:

1. I prefer wearing a full face helment without the faceshield. This means need to limit direct wind on face. From perusing the forums, appears the stock screen is not tall enough. I was thinking of getting the Wunderlich screen extender. Has anyone tried this? Are there other options that can also be used on other bikes?

2. I would like to use a tank bag, which is not provided by the rental. I have a Cortech removable bag. Does anyone know which ring mount to order?

Thanks, Joe
From whom are you renting ?


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Thanks for all the great advice--great forum!

I am very much looking forward to riding the Versys as it has been well recieved.

Renting from www.jkwalkerexoticcarshare.ca. They are the only alternative I could find if you don't want a Harley.
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Thanks, will bring face shield but still hope open face.

Clockwise on Cabot? I thought everyone was recommending counter-clockwise?!
Ride it BOTH ways - CW then CCW!

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Nicer views going counter-clockwise. As I recall, the dropoffs all had barriers anyway, so not an issue....
CW is so you've got some room BEFORE you 'arrive' at said barriers, IF you're unlucky....

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If it's a 2009 Versys, see if you can mount the windshield upside down...just loosen the bolts, invert it at the highest setting, and tighten the bolts. That will help with the wind a bit.

Use the face shield on your helmet. Bugs and rocks and stuff will find your face otherwise.

I've taken week-long tours of Nova Scotia twice. Some advice:
  • Bring rain gear and warm clothing. The rain gear can serve as an extra layer of warmth if needed.
  • Eat local seafood. (Prince Edward Island lobster and mussels are "local" in the Maritimes.)
  • Stop, be still and observe. I've seen whales, moose and all manner of birds in CB. In addition to Meat Cove, consider a walk to Benjies Lake, where I had a 90 minute encounter with a cow moose...amazing.
  • If you're interested in anything electronic, visit the Alexander Graham Bell museum in Baddeck...well worth the time.

My Rider article from 2004 is showing its age, particularly with respect to road conditions and ferries that no longer arrive from Maine, but you may find it useful nonetheless.

Enjoy the ride!


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