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Picked up a new to me 2011 Versys last week, and already have been having a blast on it! It's a little different than the ZX6-Rs I've owned in the past, but I've come to the realization that I just don't need a sport bike on the street anymore, I get in too much trouble. Still have my 03 636 track bike though. I'm more interested in the long camping weekends now anyways, and figured the Versys would be a great stead for such adventures.
I've got a few upgrades that I've got planned, dual sport tires, crashbars, and that sort of thing. But she came with luggage so she's pretty much ready to go.
Also, it may just be my sportbike background, but I feel like the suspension lets these bikes move around a lot in the corners, and mine's set up a little stiffer than the stock setting already, and I'm maybe 155 with gear.

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Picked up a new to me 2011 Versys last week, and already have been having a blast on it! It's a little different than the ZX6-Rs I've owned in the past, but I've come to the realization that I just don't need a sport bike on the street anymore, I get in too much trouble. Still have my 03 636 track bike though. I'm more interested in the long camping weekends now anyways, and figured the Versys would be a great stead for such adventures.
I've got a few upgrades that I've got planned, dual sport tires, crashbars, and that sort of thing. But she came with luggage so she's pretty much ready to go.
Also, it may just be my sportbike background, but I feel like the suspension lets these bikes move around a lot in the corners, and mine's set up a little stiffer than the stock setting already, and I'm maybe 155 with gear.

Anyway, here's a few pics since I know they will be demanded if I forget





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Good o'l Palomar Mountain. Used to ride there when I lived in Oceanside. Some really great roads in Socal.

When you switch to "dual sport tires" you may notice the bike moving around a bit more in the corners.

I bought my 2015 V-650 last year. The previous owner had a set of Dunlop Q-3's on it. I wore those out and put on a set of Metzeler M7RR's. Great tires. I also installed a new Nitron rear shock on it. Now I think my little V handles as good as my old FZ09 that had $2000 worth of custom suspension work.

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Good o'l Palomar Mountain. Used to ride there when I lived in Oceanside. Some really great roads in Socal.

When you switch to "dual sport tires" you may notice the bike moving around a bit more in the corners.

I bought my 2015 V-650 last year. The previous owner had a set of Dunlop Q-3's on it. I wore those out and put on a set of Metzeler M7RR's. Great tires. I also installed a new Nitron rear shock on it. Now I think my little V handles as good as my old FZ09 that had $2000 worth of custom suspension work.

Enjoy your new ride.
Haha, yeah I just need to get my head around the fact that it's not a sport bike. I'm considering the Avon Trailriders, because I'll be doing mostly commuting and long distance trips, so I don't need something super aggressive off road wise, just more capable than the sport touring tires it has. I like Avon rubber, I had a set of 3D XMs on my old 07 ZX-6R and they had very good traction and a long life.

What made you choose the Nitron? I was thinking of sending the forks off to Racetech, haven't decided what I'm doing with the rear yet.
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...When you switch to "dual sport tires" you may notice the bike moving around a bit more in the corners....
This has NOT been my experience - I run 36psi F, 42R - on pavement or dirt. Bike is VERY stable.

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What made you choose the Nitron? I was thinking of sending the forks off to Racetech, haven't decided what I'm doing with the rear yet.
I had a Penske on my FZ09. Pretty harsh ride for my old back. The Nitron was on sale for $500 and could not pass it up. It's an excellent shock.

Before you send the forks to Race Tech and spend a fortune try 10wt oil.

It really helps the damping. I first tried 20 wt but it was overkill. 10 wt was just right.

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I had a Penske on my FZ09. Pretty harsh ride for my old back. The Nitron was on sale for $500 and could not pass it up. It's an excellent shock.

Before you send the forks to Race Tech and spend a fortune try 10wt oil.

It really helps the damping. I first tried 20 wt but it was overkill. 10 wt was just right.

Good luck.
Well I was thinking new springs too, but maybe I'll just try the oil first.

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Well I was thinking new springs too, but maybe I'll just try the oil first.
My in gear riding weight is around 190 lbs. Oil change is a good first swipe at it and won't cost you an arm and leg.

The spring weight on my 2015 is just about right for my weight. I have the preload adjuster right smack dab in the middle. I did the 10 weight oil and the rebound adjuster got me in the sweet zone so did not have to screw with the shim stack.

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My in gear riding weight is around 190 lbs. Oil change is a good first swipe at it and won't cost you an arm and leg.

The spring weight on my 2015 is just about right for my weight. I have the preload adjuster right smack dab in the middle. I did the 10 weight oil and the rebound adjuster got me in the sweet zone so did not have to screw with the shim stack.
From reading around this forum I've deduced that my suspension preferences are different than most. I'm about 155 maybe 160 in gear, all my suspension settings are on the stiffer side, and I still think it's too soft. I also have a decent amount of saddle time on the BMW S1000XR, which has a more stiff/sporty "long travel" suspension, so I think that's whats creating my bias.
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From reading around this forum I've deduced that my suspension preferences are different than most. I'm about 155 maybe 160 in gear, all my suspension settings are on the stiffer side, and I still think it's too soft. I also have a decent amount of saddle time on the BMW S1000XR, which has a more stiff/sporty "long travel" suspension, so I think that's whats creating my bias.
I too have always set up my suspension towards the stiffer side.

Something that is really cool on the Nitron shock is the damping adjuster. It's a twist ring near the bottom end that adjusts both rebound and compression. A couple of turns has a pretty big effect.

When I am on twisty road that is smooth I will twist it a few clicks for a firmer ride to cut some good lap times. Then when the road gets rough and starts to loosen the fillings in my teeth I will twist it towards softer and enjoy a plusher ride. I can reach the ring while riding so I don't have to stop or use any tools. It's a beautiful thing.

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I too have always set up my suspension towards the stiffer side.

Something that is really cool on the Nitron shock is the damping adjuster. It's a twist ring near the bottom end that adjusts both rebound and compression. A couple of turns has a pretty big effect.

When I am on twisty road that is smooth I will twist it a few clicks for a firmer ride to cut some good lap times. Then when the road gets rough and starts to loosen the fillings in my teeth I will twist it towards softer and enjoy a plusher ride. I can reach the ring while riding so I don't have to stop or use any tools. It's a beautiful thing.
I think you've got me pretty well sold on that Nitron.
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I think you've got me pretty well sold on that Nitron.
I really like it and it is the base model. Beautiful workmanship on the unit.

Here is my Nitron write up on the forum.

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