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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-19-2019, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings fellow Versys enthusiasts

I have just gotten myself a 2015 650 LT with 13K km on it. I got my first bike, a 2007 BMW F650 Dakar thumper, about 3.5 years ago and unfortunately it was stolen this past January. Not the best bike to do your parking lot test on and not very impressed with the local BMW service, but a fun commuter.

I have been jonesing to get back in the saddle since and was looking for something inexpensive and reliable with an upright riding position. Was leaning towards a WeeStrom, but a listing for a Versys caught my eye. Hearing it fire up put a smile on my face and taking it for a test ride widened the grin.

Bike is pretty well farkled by previous owner, but as a 6'4" 250lb 50yr old dude with less than stellar knees I am initially looking for advise from the Versys braintrust on better ergo's. Feeling kind of cramped and forced forwards. I just picked up some 2" Rox risers I will be installing soon and am looking into seat!, lower/highway pegs, windscreen, etc.

If anyone near lower mainland BC has a custom seat, I would love to check out how it feels. Might try the cheap seat mod first, but not thrilled with how it looks.

Anyhow, hope to pick up lots of maintenance/repair tips as well and share what I can.

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Find a flat seat or have one customized for you. You can raise the front of the seat to match the pillion raised portion. I had one that was shorter but flat and just moving the butt back a few more inches really open the riding position up. I am 6'4" 250 plus with bad knees. Also a forum favorite is foot peg lowering blocks.
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Thanks Heavyhiking, that is definitely on my radar and likely where I will end up. Want to try the easy stuff (like risers and maybe an AirHawk) first. Would love to find someone local that has a custom seat on their bike to try for feel before spending $$$ to order one custom shipped to Canada. If I can find a decent local upholsterer, I may give the Seat Concepts kit a try as well.
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I had a Terry Adcock Flat seat on my 09 Versys 650 and put one on my 2016 Versys 1000 also. Top notch work at a decent price..... I also put foot peg lowering blocks and highway peg mounts from MotoWerk with Rivcco Pegs...

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Thanks Weljo, that seat looks amazing! I am still getting used to the bike, only a couple hour long rides and my daily 15 minute commute so far. Never had a crotch rocket, so the leaning on the bars feels off to me and more leg room is always welcome. I think mostly filling in the cutout would seat me higher, allow me to move further back and ease the knee bend. Of course, then I would need a ridiculously tall screen and even longer bar risers than the 2" I plan to try (and thus new cables).
I keep reading good things about Terry's work but want to try a few things and get more acquainted with the bike before I go that route.
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There is Kamloops Upholstery in Kamloops they have a guy there who is also a rider that can alter a seat for you, the Kawasaki Dealership sent me there. I have a 300X and the seat was incredibly hard and this guy fixed it, works great now. Nice ride to Kamloops too from the coast.
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Ha Firstadventurebike, I did my road test (and only 1000km day so far) in Kamloops because Vancouver was booked solid. Great ride up and over, then back down the canyon. Will keep that in mind, I have been looking for an excuse to do that ride again.
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I had a Terry Adcock Flat seat on my 09 Versys 650 and put one on my 2016 Versys 1000 also. Top notch work at a decent price..... I also put foot peg lowering blocks and highway peg mounts from MotoWerk with Rivcco Pegs...
Hi Weljo2001,

May I ask how tall are you?

I'm between 6.0 and 6.1" and on all test rides made felt my feet could be a little lower. Still haven't picked up my Versys to have more time over it and make a better decision, but this is something on my mind.

Where did you buy them?

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Hi Weljo2001,

May I ask how tall are you?

I'm between 6.0 and 6.1" and on all test rides made felt my feet could be a little lower. Still haven't picked up my Versys to have more time over it and make a better decision, but this is something on my mind.

Where did you buy them?

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I'm just a tad under 6'2" with a 32" inseam. The lowering pegs and Highway peg mount i got here......https://motowerk.com They also make a lowering kit for the bike i installed one on my 09 V-650 made a big difference. Pegs here...https://www.amazon.com/Rivco-Product...-1-spons&psc=1

The seats here......https://www.terryscustomseats.com

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I'm just a tad under 6'2" with a 32" inseam. The lowering pegs and Highway peg mount i got here......https://motowerk.com They also make a lowering kit for the bike i installed one on my 09 V-650 made a big difference. Pegs here...https://www.amazon.com/Rivco-Product...-1-spons&psc=1

The seats here......https://www.terryscustomseats.com
Brilliant, thank you!
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