Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Clarksville, TN
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New Versys owner...very happy with it!
My user name is ThunderDog and I have been a member of this forum for only a couple of months and the ADVrider.com asylum since August of 2004. My list of previously owned motorcycles numbers over fifty. My first ride was a 1965 Honda Sport 65 bought new in '65. Included in this mixture were 70% dual-sporters, 25% street oriented and 5% were all-out serious desert or enduro bikes. Being a heart patient at a young 62 years old, I have learned[finally] that the older one gets, the slower they heal! It's been a few years back, but BigDog[Mark Sampson of bigdogadventures.com] and I have ridden dual sport events together in Suches, GA, Renfro Valley, KY and at LBL's September Dual Sport in KY/TN.
After a four year hiatus from owning and riding a bike, I decided a Kawasaki Versys was the one for me. I shopped around and in September this year found a 2008 Versys on Craigslist right here in my hometown. Lucky for me I was the first to call the owner and I committed right then over the phone. This bike is a Red 2008 and had only 1124 miles total; for only $4250.00 I viewed the asking price to be a great deal and I didn't try to wiggle him down to a lower cost.
I've put an additional 1000 miles on it now and have experienced some of the same negative complaints that other Versys owners speak of:
-original seat is a 30 minute seat...if you know what I mean
-minor buzzing around the area where the fairing/instrument cluster meets
-mirror vibration with stock mirrors @ any speed over 20mph
-original horn is at best used for a trot-line fishing weight
-original 15 tooth front sprocket gears the bike too low for me
-original handgrips will transmit vibration and tingly fingers after just 20-30 minutes of riding
-seat height is tall for me. I have a 30" inseam @ 5'!0"
-Original tires do not inspire confidence for me on gravel roads
but, I'm sure you know, all of these before mentioned issues are correctable with the aftermarket.
--Already, I have added mirror extenders and replaced the stock mirrors with EMGO mirrors. All mirror vibration gone!
--Original horn is awaiting an over-night fishing trip. It was replaced with a WOLO air horn. My horn now honks like Mack the diesel rig from the CARS movie.
--A 16 tooth front sprocket, a Corbin GunFighter seat, Algard engine shield and fairing guards are on order now. I added a Wal~Mart ATV seat cover temporarily.
--New Shinko 705's ordered and will be installed when original tires wear out.
The very best action I have taken as a Versys owner was joining this Versys forum. I highly respect all the members that have presented information on all of the threads of interest to me; especially the Ride Reports. I plan to be a member here for a long time...and I think I will keep this bike till pigs fly
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