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I brought home a 2008 650 Versys today, 28000 kmís, I am now the 3rd owner. Havenít got an owners manual, so not sure what needs to be done, owner said something about valve service coming due. He seemed a bit neglectful of chain maintenance which is now done, tire pressure was off, I reverted to 36 front 42 rear. Bike has not been run since October of 2017, which may explain why it started to stutter and miss a bit on my ride home, I figured it might be bad gas so I filled it with mid grade which seemed to solve the issue but I will put some methyl hydrate in the tank for water.

It seems to be a nice responsive machine, any tips or hints of things I need to keep an eye on?
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I brought home a 2008 650 Versys today, 28000 kmís, I am now the 3rd owner. Havenít got an owners manual, so not sure what needs to be done, owner said something about valve service coming due. He seemed a bit neglectful of chain maintenance which is now done, tire pressure was off, I reverted to 36 front 42 rear. Bike has not been run since October of 2017, which may explain why it started to stutter and miss a bit on my ride home, I figured it might be bad gas so I filled it with mid grade which seemed to solve the issue but I will put some methyl hydrate in the tank for water.

It seems to be a nice responsive machine, any tips or hints of things I need to keep an eye on?
catch up on routine maintenance. document. wouldn't assume anything, except that it was neglected. safety check, tighten fasteners, change oil, check fluid levels, clean and check the chain closely, the master link rivets, adjust the chain tension and lube. dump the gas and fill'er with fresh. check tire condition/cotter pin/grease axles/tire balance, check the shock dampers between rear wheel and hub/sprocket for damage. adjust clutch, lube cables. check and clean airbox/air filter, examine spark plugs. check forks/rear shock settings/leaks. check for triple tree looseness/play. then consider farkles to improve your ergonomics. on my 2008, you check valve clearances every 15,000 miles, so do that ASAP. btw, i never take off the gas tank when working the top of the engine. you have enough gas line to gently pivot the tank around the back pole where the hoses connect, and place the front end of the tank on a well placed utility table next to the bike..... at that time inspect the gas lines. you might be surprised what you find when you do the work above, for good or bad. good luck. hope you got a gem. versys is a great bike.
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