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Yikes Just bought a 07 Versys

Well...I was looking for a BMW F800GS or maybe a Uly...but I ended up buying a 2007 Versys.
Has the tall windshield, bags, bark busters and crash bars...and get this..1141 miles. Yep 1100 miles.

Just changed the oil and lubed the chain. Next up is brake fluid.

I did ride one several years ago but cannot remember exactly what it was like.
From what I have read the Versys is pretty much a low maintenance fun bike.
I cannot find one negative review.

Any advice?
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Amazing find! Congrats and welcome.

Advice: Change the coolant too, and have a really good look at the tires that its been sitting on for 7 years. Despite the low milage on them, they should probably be swaped out (the bonus is most replacement tires are way better that the stock Dunlops)

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The 1st gen Versys has its down sides: Poor brakes, cheap ineffective suspension, an incessant cheap sounding buzz at 4000 rpm, and a sometimes troublesome instrument cluster. Nothing on the scale of what BMW owners have had to contend with on some of their models however. With the money you saved over the BMW you can correct most of it and still have some to jingle in your pockets.

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The 1st gen Versys has its down sides: Poor brakes, cheap ineffective suspension, an incessant cheap sounding buzz at 4000 rpm, and a sometimes troublesome instrument cluster. Nothing on the scale of what BMW owners have had to contend with on some of their models however. With the money you saved over the BMW you can correct most of it and still have some to jingle in your pockets.
I didn't realize they upgraded the suspension and brakes. I knew that they did some body work changes.
I have read all the tests and I thought from a mechanical point of view the Versys has remained pretty much unchanged...****.
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I didn't realize they upgraded the suspension and brakes. I knew that they did some body work changes.
I have read all the tests and I thought from a mechanical point of view the Versys has remained pretty much unchanged...****.
What was upgraded on the suspension and brakes? ABS option maybe?

I'm thinking the only changes have been the partial isolation of 2 of the motor mount / frame connection bolts, bodywork, and the ABS option.
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09 and up have a different front master cyl and I didn't want to speak for '10 and up as I have never ridden one

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I have a '14. The front brakes still suck.
OK, they're great if you're comparing them to a Harley.


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Typically the brakes are upgraded by just getting better pads. You can get the SST braided lines too but the pads alone seem to be enough of an improvement for me. (Under $100.00 front & back). Suspension changes are rare and expensive. Have only seen a few members replace the rear shock and even less that changed the forks.. With the low miles on this bike, I would give the stock set up a few thousand miles before putting any money into it.

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Typically the brakes are upgraded by just getting better pads. You can get the SST braided lines too but the pads alone seem to be enough of an improvement for me. (Under $100.00 front & back). ...
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Do you have any suggestions for brake pads (for urban street riding & sport touring)?
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...I would give the stock set up a few thousand miles before putting any money into it.
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Don't let all the mods on here scare you, very few are actually a NECESSITY. And everyone has different preferences. Just ride!

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Don't let all the mods on here scare you, very few are actually a NECESSITY. And everyone has different preferences. Just ride!
I hear ya!
Did I mention that I have owned 5 different BMW's ? and a Ducati?

I know all about paranoid over maintenance, questionable engineering (that you pay a premium for) and farkle mania that boggles the mind

Anyway..I thought I would take a break from the European product and do a Japanese season..I don't think I will be disappointed.

I like the variety.. but hey...that's what makes this fun and interesting.
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I didn't realize they upgraded the suspension and brakes. I knew that they did some body work changes.
I have read all the tests and I thought from a mechanical point of view the Versys has remained pretty much unchanged...****.
Yup - pretty much the same mechanically, w/ perhaps an added rubber engine mount, or ABS.

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Yup - pretty much the same mechanically, w/ perhaps an added rubber engine mount, or ABS.
That's what I thought.

Do you trailer your bike to AZ in the winter or keep one stored down there?
I trailer down in Dec and get a month or so of winter riding in.
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That's what I thought.

Do you trailer your bike to AZ in the winter or keep one stored down there?
I trailer down in Dec and get a month or so of winter riding in.
Nope. ONLY time the GREEN HORNET was on a trailer was bringing it back to Canada in '11 (bought it as a left-over '09 in Nov '10), while BIG RED, my '08, 'lives' in AZ, w/ 51,xxx miles on it (HORNET has 44,xxx kms on)! So that's about 78,000 miles between the two. I usually ride around 8,000 miles per season on EACH V.

Stay in touch and maybe I can show you some roads in AZ next winter.



BTW - the trailer's a Harbor-Freight 'special' - around $225 w/ the spare wheel PLUS the aluminum work....
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Will do fast eddie

They have some great roads down there. I sometimes ride with two different groups;
AARG - Arizona Adventure Riders Group - desert back roads etc. get to see a lot of out of the way places.
BMW Rim Riders -All pavement, very fast paced, but still fun.

And of course the Hideaway Bar in Cave Creek...all HD but still fun..they don't care what you ride.
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...And of course the Hideaway Bar in Cave Creek...all HD but still fun..they don't care what you ride.
ONLY bar that comes to mind in Cave Creek (to me, anyway) is Senior Frog's.

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ONLY bar that comes to mind in Cave Creek (to me, anyway) is Senior Frog's.
There is a bar there called the Horny Toad.
But the Hideaway is probably the best biker bar.
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Do you have any suggestions for brake pads (for urban street riding & sport touring)?
EBC brake pads HH compound work great. I use their X-rotor too, a good set-up.
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