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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-15-2019, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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New rider in Alberta (Canada)

Greetings Moto-brethren,

I just got my first ever motorcyle (Versys-X, of course!) 2 days ago. I got a good deal on a 2018. I went for the red one. I'm now practising like crazy, trying to get used to the bike and hopefully pass my road test in two weeks (I took a Canadianized version of the MSF-course already).

I'm currently working on
- smoother downshifts
- trying to get out of my bad habit of "coasting" toward a stop (the short gearing on the bike makes it kind of annoying to keep down-shifting when you are in 5th gear doing 50 km/h (30 mph in Americanese).

Thanks for reading. Great forum!
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Welcome from New Zealand.Get all the rider training you can find,you can never get to much training from experianced instructors.I got back on a bike after 30 years away,went to the Ride Forever training and learnt a lot.

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aboard and enjoy your ride - Be safe.

Find a empty parking lot and do a lot of start stop and turn. Practice makes perfect. Lock your sight on where you want go and the bike will follow. Riding a bike is by sight. and Be safe.

Take you time and don,t rush - Rome was not build in one day.
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Welcome From South Central Ontario

https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...ber-intro.html please read, please do a second post in this thread you started( if you haven't done so). Thanks
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Thanks for the well-wishes above.

I'll try and be safe and diligent in all of my practice!
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Also, I have a dumb question...

This is the first time I've owned a motorcycle. I'm not that mechanically inclined. I've been reading and watching YouTube videos re: maintenance.

Anyway, I've only got 50 km on the odometer. As I was checking the bike over, I noticed that the chain seems kinda dry. At least ... compared to how I would rate "dryness" on a bicycle chain.

Is this something I should be worried about? I sort of assumed it would be good from the dealer for a few hundred km before I'd need to lube it up?

Thanks for any tips / advice.
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...As I was checking the bike over, I noticed that the chain seems kinda dry....
You MIGHT get your rear wheel "grundgy" by over-lubing your chain, but other than THAT, you won't do any damage!

FWIW - I lube mine ONLY w/ WD40.

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Thanks. I know people used to believe the WD40 would cause deterioration of the O-rings in the chain, but apparently, it is mostly naptha ... which is similar to kerosene ... which is known to be a good chain cleaner (and is even recommended in some owner's manuals).

I apparently cannot post a link, but there is a YouTube video with the following title discusses this:
Will WD-40 Destroy Your Motorcycle Chain O-Rings? | MC GARAGE

However, this video points out that WD40 is a degreaser, not actually a lubricant. It is supposedly good at cleaning the chain, but then you are supposedly to apply some other kind of chain lubricant...

???
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Thanks. I know people used to believe the WD40 would cause deterioration of the O-rings in the chain, but apparently, it is mostly naptha ... which is similar to kerosene ... which is known to be a good chain cleaner (and is even recommended in some owner's manuals).

I apparently cannot post a link, but there is a YouTube video with the following title discusses this:
Will WD-40 Destroy Your Motorcycle Chain O-Rings? | MC GARAGE

However, this video points out that WD40 is a degreaser, not actually a lubricant. It is supposedly good at cleaning the chain, but then you are supposedly to apply some other kind of chain lubricant...

???
On a suggestion by Bill Watson (developer of the "Thermo-Bob") I tried nothing but WD40 on the OEM chain of my '08 V650 from NEW, and got over 56,000 MILES on it (including LOTS of dirt!) before replacing it. Bill then checked my chain (he's an engineer) and found that it was still w/in limits, but w/ ONE 'noisy' link. WD40 SEEMS to work for me....


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Well, you've convinced me.

You probably ride more dirt than I will too...

WD40 it is.

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Intervals for Chain lub is around 500miles, or if you feel your chain DRY or if your ride in wet very often lub it more. Just keep the chain slight wet all time, will reduce wear on chain and sprocket assembly. Try some oil, WD40, whatever you feel comfortable with, no harm done.
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Keep practicing and getting those shifts smooth! Versys is an awesome bike!
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