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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-09-2009, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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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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Glad to see ya onboard & look forward to your storys along the way .


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Thanks for you insight regarding the Versys! Seems that most everyone has the same ideas for upgrades. The only thing that I somewhat disagree with is the comfort of the seat. Granted the longest rides I have done so far on the V have been in the 400 to 500 mile range but I do not find it that bad. I seem to have plenty of room to move around and for the time being can tolerate it's short comings.
My wife calls me a dumb ass once in awhile, could that have something to do with the seat?
Anyway, welcome to the forum.
Ride safe,
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My list of previously owned motorcycles numbers over fifty.
I guess you won't be on the Verseys very long ......although , it might just be the one Welcome and thanks for the insight in your report . I look forward to some pictures of the bike in action , I am following the use of the V as a long distance semi-off road but good highway bike commuter , so far it seems to be just about right . *Maybe a bit more power up top and better tire options .............

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The corbin will drop it a little bit, but you may know you can get more loering the shock itself. I'm 5'10" and I keep it in the middle notch. Sorry about the buzzing I haven't noticed anything on mine which also an 08. Goodluck
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Chris, you realize that's not for lowering the Versys. It's for preload adjustment...



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Welcome! I put a rox riser anti vibration set on my handle bars . Best 150 ever spent.... gets rid of virtually alllllll vibratiiiiiooonsss. I would reccomend them highly!

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Thanks for the correction bear. I'm not a heavy guy so dropping it to the middle notch works for me without bottoming out.
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Welcome and congrats on the farkles.

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Welcome. I remember the '65 Honda Sport. Had a buddy that got one right after I got a 50 Sport. He could outrun me with no problem, I was pissed.
Looks like you are already getting the V sorted out. They are great bikes.
And the aftermarket support is super for such a new bike.


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