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Picked up the new (to me) Versys

Loving the new 2014 green machine! All I can say so far is I don't know what people are talking about when it comes to vibrations on this bike because clearly they haven't rode a bike with vibration and I agree the gearing is too short I definitely think going down a tooth or two on the rear is in order. But overall I love it can't wait to ride to work tomorrow.
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Congrats on the new (to you) V.

2015 Versys 1000LT
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Versys. A 43 tooth rear sprocket was my choice and I like it just fine.

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Did a 70 mile round-trip to work today all interstate definitely loved it but here's my observation the windscreen need to be bigger and the seat needs to be more comfortable. I definite definitely can feel the slope forward that I read about. Any recommendations on the windshield?
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Grads on the new love... And if you thing a Versys vibrates to much ride a dirtbike for 2 years and you'll thing the Versys is silk

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I wasn't happy with any windscreen until I added the madstad bracket.
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I have revised my personal thinking on the bike, I feel it more "buzzy" than actual vibrations, mostly in the bars and foot pegs at different rpms, some not at all, but regardless, it is WAY better now than before.

Oddly, I find the stock seat comfy and don't feel myself sliding up against the tank as some people say? I also find the stock windscreen to be fairly adequate, Only slightly more buffeting than my Buell which I considered excellent. When I put my cool weather gear on I'm all Michelin Man on the bike, and I catch wind no matter what!
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Hi Stoley, l probably missed it, but where are you located?
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I don't know what people are talking about when it comes to vibrations on this bike because clearly they haven't rode a bike with vibration
Agreed. Vibration? Try a Norton Atlas, a Matchless G80CS or even a Commando with the engine head steady un-attached (don't ask!). Those were shakers!

I rode the V for a full season with no handlebar weights after I removed the handguards that it came with. Swapped bikes with a friend and he complained about the bars vibrating. I purchased some used weights and put them on. Certainly smoother but I honestly wasn't bothered before. The Grip Buddies were a bigger improvement in comfort due to my big hands. I suspect that those who are bothered by handlebar vibration are riding with a death-grip on the bar.
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Or try an old rigid mounted Harley. A friend of mine had a 99 night train I road that thing for a couple hours then after that I couldn't feel my arms anymore
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Try a "new" Triumph Bonneville twin, it has NO vibration at all!!!
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Did a 70 mile round-trip to work today all interstate definitely loved it but here's my observation the windscreen need to be bigger and the seat needs to be more comfortable. I definite definitely can feel the slope forward that I read about. Any recommendations on the windshield?


I added a GIVI last week...put about 200 miles on it and I like it. Still some wind in the helmet area but I don't want complete calm...It's motorcycle, not a couch.
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