Hello All, Purchased an '08 Versys with 39k miles: 2 Bros slip on & Juice Box, full Givi cases and windscreen, new chain & sprockets and tires. PO got a new bike, but, was on top of maintenance. Cleaning her up and going to check her out over winter. PO said oil was changed recently, but, it looks dirty. I seem to remember reading something like that in a post (oil looks dirty quickly). Break fluid looks clean, but, rear is not really effective. Fronts grab hard and compress the forks. Thoughts:
- Change oil (Rotella T5 or T6?)
- Check valve clearances
- Balance TBs (Idle thumb screw backed all the way out and it idles ~1.5k, is that the Juice Box, or, poorly adjusted throttle cables?)
- Check charging system (should I do the Polaris swap, or, play roulette)
- R1 shock swap?
- Front fork re-valve, oil swap?
I TOO have a '08 [bought new in '08], w/ 79,780 MILES on it now.
MY rear brake was GREATLY improved when I went to SS brake lines, on all three discs.
Yes - the oil looks dirty as soon as you ride it after changing oil - no biggee - and I use M1 15w-50 w/ a 5K mile oil/filter change interval.
The Polaris R/R is a VG change - might keep you from doing this:
The R1 shock is a VERY good swap! (That's the same R1 shock on both the green Vs, an '09 and a '15).
I improved the front-end feel on all THREE of my Vs when I changed the forks to ATF (an 'old' enduro-riding trick).
AND (unless you're assured that the valves have been "done" lately, and PROPERLY), check them and set them to the MAX clearances.
FWIW - I have ALWAYS run my tires at 36psiF, 42psiR, and that includes street rubber, dual-sport and full knobbies, on the recommendation of the mechanic where I picked up my first, the '08.