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Just purchased a 2010 Kawasaki Versys this afternoon, and then rode it about 100 miles back home. So far so good. Look forward to being part of a forum on the bike.

I am moving to the Versys from a Suzuki GS500F. Any pointers appreciated.

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Welcome from Alaska and another Gen 2 (the best looking) owner!


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Just purchased a 2010 Kawasaki Versys this afternoon, and then rode it about 100 miles back home. So far so good. Look forward to being part of a forum on the bike.

I am moving to the Versys from a Suzuki GS500F. Any pointers appreciated.

Sean
Welcome!

SW-Motech engine bars are nice to have since you are more likely to drop a tall bike like the Versys on it's side and when you do you will appreciate having engine bars to protect those expensive to repair bits.

Luggage like a lockable top box is really nice to have if you commute on the bike.

Adjust the suspension and handle bars for yourself and the bike will feel and handle better. If the bars are too far forward you may find yourself sliding forward in the seat. Adjust the headlight aim after tweaking the suspension adjustment.

You need to own a pit stand and put spools on the rear swing arm if there are none to perform basic maintenance tasks unless it has an optional center stand installed, a pit stand is a lot cheaper

You can download the service manual for your bike from this site in the TECH section.

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I've met Jeff, but I'm NOT sure I can endorse his claim of being the "best looking owner" of a Gen 2....



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Anyone have advice regarding shifting? It's quite different than my previous bike, a Suzuki GS500. First gear on the V is clunky, and 2 & 3 are similarly jumpy.
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Anyone have advice regarding shifting? It's quite different than my previous bike, a Suzuki GS500. First gear on the V is clunky, and 2 & 3 are similarly jumpy.
I think just riding it for a while will get you more comfortable with the shifting. You might want to look into a TB sync or adjustment, I've heard that helps with the jumpy throttle.


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Check that the clutch is correctly adjusted. And from Oz.

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Also look at the throttle play and adjust. Too much can make it jumpy too. It should be 2 to 3 mm of play. And welcome aboard!

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Thanks to all who replied. Just gave the bike a general check and maintenance: changed the oil, flushed and filled the coolant, checked the brake fluid. Now, if I could just get some damn warm(ish), dry weather down here, I'd be set. Still need to oil the chain.

Oh, and I ordered a higher (touring) windscreen..... and ear plugs for my extremely loud Bell helmet.
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