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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-04-2018, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Might join y'all tomorrow!

Hello from Dallas!

May pull the trigger on a leftover '16 650 ABS tomorrow. Not crazy about the color (black) as all of my bikes have been brightly colored for a reason. Still, the deal is so good, I'm likely to splurge on tacky green LEDs if I do it.

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BTW, my current ride is an '08 DL 650 strom
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Sounds like your mind is already made up!

Post pics as soon as you get her home!
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Black isn't my favorite color either, but if the deal is really good you can always have the black bits painted sometime down the road. Bright red or yellow or even orange are much easier to see than black, unless you're against a movie green screen!

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Snag the black one but get a hi-vis jacket to make up for it....

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I think the black one is going to be sharp, actually. But then I like the white ones too, friend of mine has one. We call it the ice-cream bike.
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yup, already ride with high-viz helmet and jacket. Didnt make it to the dealership today, will try to pick it up monday.

Cheers!
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I almost bought the black one with bags, then found an even better deal on a green 2015 at another dealership (which I have owned happily for almost two years now), all because the first guy had a tech call-out, and couldn't prep the black Versys?!? All worked out in the end. Best of luck to you and welcome to the forum!
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just do it.

if I'm answering your question I assume the basic points have been addressed, such as: did you do a compression test? is it still on fire?
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DO IT

I didn't want black either, but my brother does 3M installs, so I'm getting parts of the bodywork done with matte red to spice it up. it's not that expensive, and you could always install yourself to make it cheaper.

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The Dallas heat may make it hotter to sit on after sitting in the sun. You may want to add something like the TechSpec snakeskin to the sides and center of the gas tank to keep your body off the hot metal...
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I picked up a black leftover 16 last fall, as my first bike. Finally was able to ride it this spring and love it, except for that seat tilt. That will soon be fixed. Enjoy the new ride.
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I purchased a black carry-over 2017 and just got 225 miles on it and am very fond of it. I have discomfort with the front of the seat but am installing bar extensions (30 mm) to allow me to sit back a bit more. If this doesn't fully resolve my issue I'll raise the seat front a bit.
I bought the ABS and have yet to install my Shad SH36's panniers, SH40 top box, Kawi 12 volt and relay & Kawi tank bag.
My next effort will be to address the "buzz" at the plastic joint above the instrument cluster. A minor item.
Go black!
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DO IT

I didn't want black either, but my brother does 3M installs, so I'm getting parts of the bodywork done with matte red to spice it up. it's not that expensive, and you could always install yourself to make it cheaper.
Please shows us photos of the results!
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Welcome. My 09 is the factory plasma blue, but I will eventually have it painted or get my wife to do it instead. I wanted green, but it the deal was too good on the 09 in blue so its what I have.

I did have my wife paint my helmet 2 shades of bright green with bright orange mixed in. Its not HiViz paint, but you can still see me if there's any light on it.
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I picked up a black leftover 16 last fall, as my first bike. Finally was able to ride it this spring and love it, except for that seat tilt. That will soon be fixed. Enjoy the new ride.
Check to see if your local library has a 3D printer. The file is available for free in the FOR SALE forum, I had the seat bracket printed in 1 day for $1.20 at my local library

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Please shows us photos of the results!
I will! Won't be doing this for a bit, maybe by end of summer. But I'll definitely post the results

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post #20 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-08-2018, 05:26 PM
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Welcome. I just picked up a 2016 Carryover myself. In the Black.. I love it.. I bought a reflective/safety green accent jacket..
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