Hey everybody. I'm Tyson in Milwaukie, OR. My wife rides a 2012 Versys (3000 miles on it) and I've come here for some technical help!
I've read many posts about how the Versys has a troublesome clutch. I'm trying to figure out if it's just me, the bikes normal behavior or if there is actually something wrong.
When I release the clutch the bike seems to start rolling smoothly at first then as I reach the end of the clutch lever travel it kind of jerks forward. It doesn't jerk hard but it's not normal compared to other bikes that I've ridden - including her old Ninja 500R. It's like a delay before the power transfers to the rear wheel. It seems to only effect it noticeably in 1st and a little in 2nd gear.
I've spent hours adjusting the cable, rerouting the cable, lubing the cable, loosening the cable clamp near the steering head, and I even pulled the clutch cover off and inspected/measured the springs, steel plates and friction plates. I also looked at the inner clutch basket (the part I could see externally) and everything looked new.
Keep in mind I'm extremely anal. My wife doesn't notice it, but I'm not sure she knows the difference as there as a large time gap between her Ninja 500R and this bike.
I even took it to a local small dealer/mechanic and he road it around and said he noticed it but that it "its not something that should raise a red flag or anything."
Does your bike feel like this? Arghhh....