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Having owned more than 50 motorcycles of all different sizes, shapes, and manufacturer's.... I finally went "green"



Just picked up a new 2014 Versys this morning. ABS was a nice feature.
Oh yeah - it's green. Could there be any other color?



So, I put roughly 100 miles on the beast and am liking it so far. Neat bike. More low end than I was anticipating. Much fun in the twisties. Comfortable to ride.

That's all I know (for now). I gotta get some more saddle time !
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Welcome. The Versys is the best of all the bikes I've owned so far.
Love the 2014 green!

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Welcome. I hope I can ride long enough to one day say I've had over 50 motorcycles, that's cool.

Enjoy the Versys!

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Fifty motorcycles?! You're either unmarried, or have a very understanding spouse, or are quite well off financially, or seriously senior in years, or a combination of several. Or, you've been really fortunate. Which ever, I believe I'm m envious.

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The low gearing is cool but had to go to the 44t.


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Congrats. It would cost me about $3000 to trade into a 2014 green Versys, or $600 to buy green plastics. I may swap out the plastics when it is time for my next valve check. I am already watching online vendors waiting for a 30% discount off MSRP.

IMO, the bike is perfect with the stock gearing. I've put 22,000 miles on it and have explored 20 states on the Versys.

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Fifty motorcycles?! You're either unmarried, or have a very understanding spouse, or are quite well off financially, or seriously senior in years, or a combination of several. Or, you've been really fortunate. Which ever, I believe I'm m envious.
YES. And no, that's 50 motorcycles over my lifetime. Right now, we have six.

Seriously, though, - it's all we do - when we're not working. The wife rides back seat, and enjoys nothing better than a road trip. However, I wanted something for ME. And, it worked. She refuses to get on the back of this one. She won't ride back seat on the FJR1300, either...

We're in our mid-50's.... and usually buy dead bikes for winter projects. But, as time went on, our inventory seemed to get newer and newer. Not like that's a bad thing.

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150 miles today - but a storm is knocking so had to hurry home.

Warning: Random thoughts follow....

1. Need a little more windshield. The turbulent part of the air stream hits me about mid helmet and makes a lot of racket.
2. I'm on my tip toes with thick soled boots. It's gotta go down at least an inch.
3. An extra tooth or two on the front sprocket ?
4. Need a rack or something to carry along rain gear, coffee, sardines, twinkies and spam. Have a couple large tank bags, but sometimes a small tent and a change of clothes is nice.
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150 miles today - but a storm is knocking so had to hurry home.

Warning: Random thoughts follow....

1. Need a little more windshield. The turbulent part of the air stream hits me about mid helmet and makes a lot of racket. You can start by moving the windscreen to the top set of holes
2. I'm on my tip toes with thick soled boots. It's gotta go down at least an inch.
3. An extra tooth or two on the front sprocket ? The 16T front is a common mod. I have one on mine and like it. A O.E.M. sprocket is available
4. Need a rack or something to carry along rain gear, coffee, sardines, twinkies and spam. Have a couple large tank bags, but sometimes a small tent and a change of clothes is nice. One of the guys on this forum makes a very nice rack. I have one, top quality fit and finish.
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150 miles today - but a storm is knocking so had to hurry home.

Warning: Random thoughts follow....

1. Need a little more windshield. The turbulent part of the air stream hits me about mid helmet and makes a lot of racket.
2. I'm on my tip toes with thick soled boots. It's gotta go down at least an inch.
3. An extra tooth or two on the front sprocket ?
4. Need a rack or something to carry along rain gear, coffee, sardines, twinkies and spam. Have a couple large tank bags, but sometimes a small tent and a change of clothes is nice.



#2. Speedy's lowering kit and Flatfoot work well together to lower the bike and shorten the side stand. http://shop.motowerk.com/Versys_c2.htm

#3. I am with MTS. Many here believe in the 44 tooth rear sprocket (OEM is 46). It makes the Versys a little taller in gears. Smoother overall and a little less RPM in the highway. The Versys still has plenty of pep with the 44 tooth rear and it makes the speedometer read dead nuts correct when compared to my Garmin. Here is the 44 tooth sprocket I installed.
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Where can I get one of those racks?
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150 miles today - but a storm is knocking so had to hurry home.

Warning: Random thoughts follow....

1. Need a little more windshield. The turbulent part of the air stream hits me about mid helmet and makes a lot of racket.
2. I'm on my tip toes with thick soled boots. It's gotta go down at least an inch.
3. An extra tooth or two on the front sprocket ?
4. Need a rack or something to carry along rain gear, coffee, sardines, twinkies and spam. Have a couple large tank bags, but sometimes a small tent and a change of clothes is nice.
2. Check your "sag" - mine are about 45mm. I have a 31" inseam and while I "tip-toe" when I get on, I can then "flat-foot" after it settles.
3. W/out machining stuff you CAN'T go higher than a 16T.
4. Check the "ktmduals" rack, available in steel (which I have) or aluminum.

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Do a search here, then "PM" ktmduals.

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YES. And no, that's 50 motorcycles over my lifetime. Right now, we have six.

Seriously, though, - it's all we do - when we're not working. The wife rides back seat, and enjoys nothing better than a road trip. However, I wanted something for ME. And, it worked. She refuses to get on the back of this one. She won't ride back seat on the FJR1300, either...

We're in our mid-50's.... and usually buy dead bikes for winter projects. But, as time went on, our inventory seemed to get newer and newer. Not like that's a bad thing.
Well, I'm still a bit envious. Over my lifetime of 69 years I've only managed something like 18 to 20 bikes. If I thought long enough I could probably be a bit more accurate but it's close to the end of the month and I don't believe there is much left in my "think bank."

At the moment we own three bikes, and will probably add another this fall. Guess that's enough for the time being.

We're never going to grow younger and there are still many bikes we would like to experience.

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Alright, so I tried the windshield in the various positions and that did nothing for me. Excuse me while I go and search the forum for the perfect windshield.

Ordered Speedy's lowering kit and a 44T rear sprocket.

Thanks for all of the great replies !!!

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Did Kermit enyoy his ride as he got a great smile on his dial.
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Did Kermit enyoy his ride as he got a great smile on his dial.
My riding buddy pulled that little joke on me. Still, it's funny.
Maybe we can mount a rear rack and take him for a ride.

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Can you quote a source for the c.$600 green plastics? I am in the Philippines and the only Versys here are black and yellow, but I love the 2014 black and green look.

Thanks
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Grats on the Green one kballowe! Looks like the fun is just beginning

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