I am excited this thread exists, thanks in advance for all your help. I have a white 2013 Versys. I like it so far, but I've already spilled around a corner at an intersection...at 15 miles an hour! The rear dunlop slipped and the bike and I ended up on the pavement. A couple questions:
1) Any ideas on bending back a brake lever?
2) I have heard the stock dunlops are crappy--plasticy rubber with very little grip. Have you guys had better luck? If not, any tire recommendations?
Remove your brake lever and heat it with a propane torch before bending back. Replacement levers are really cheap ($12) on ebay. Save some money and replace it with a generic brand lever rather than a Kawasaki brand lever.
Let your Dunlops wear down to the wear bars and replace them with a higher quality tire. They are not so bad you need to replace them before they wear out.
You can choose from 3 tire categories:
- adv tour tires (95% pavement / 5% dirt roads) - some minor loss of pavement grip over sport tour tires on pavement but better traction on dirt roads, excellent wet grip
- sport tour tires - best combination of pavement grip and tire life
- sport bike tires - uncompromised pavement grip, short life expectancy due to soft rubber compounds used
Dual compound tires, tires that use a harder rubber compound in the center and softer rubber on the edges will wear better, grip better and last longer.
Chances are that if you spilled at 15mph in a corner it was not the tires but because you had your hand or foot on the brake or were accelerating too hard coming out of a corner, or perhaps hit a patch of oil or anti freeze on the road, some gravel, or some frost or ice. Remember never brake past the point of turn in, in a corner, never downshift in a corner - do it before, and be very gentle with throttle transitions in a corner. Suggest reading Twist of the Wrist 2 or Proficient Motorcycling. My point is that even the least grippy knobby tires used on pavement will not cause you to go down in a 15mph turn.