It took a bit but we finally got everything on the bike and I'm loving the results and aesthetic: Acerbis X-Strong supermoto handguards, Barkbusters bar end weights, Progrip 714 grips, Bikemaster handlebar risers, Puig touring windscreen (light smoke) and a MotoParty (clear) windscreen clip-on visor.
A few takeaways for anyone looking to do a similar mod:
-INSPIRATION: I took the ideas in large part off the Versys 300 build article on ADV Pulse.
-RISERS: In the build, they used Rox anti-vibration 2" pivot risers which were a total nightmare (not to mention $160)...after two days, removing the front and side fairings, trips to the hardware store, we had rerouted clutch and brake cables but were unwilling to extend them, so we called it on the Rox risers which also looked far too bulky even in black for the dash area, and in turning the handlebars full each way created a concerning cable-stretch sound. Point being: Even after re-routing (but not extending) certain cables, the Rox still had things way too tight for peace of mind. Go with the Bikemaster risers, which are about $35, come with variable height pieces so you can choose your comfort level/height and aren't locked into a 2" riser which is A LOT and actually uncomfortably high even for a tall rider like me. The Bikemaster risers also work great without extending the cables (you may have to re-route a cable or two which isn't the end of the world once you have the fairings off). Risers also helped the clearance of the handguards which don't touch the windscreen when the handlebars are turned to the right and barely touch (but don't interfere) when handlebars are locked to the left. And the risers provide a more comfortable riding experience. Rox risers returned.
-OEM BAR END WEIGHT REMOVAL: Yes, getting the Versys bar end weights off is hilariously difficult, but follow the YT videos and you'll be fine (with some lube and the wrench from the OEM tool kit). Note: you're not unscrewing the end of the bar end weights, you're giving it a few loosening cranks and then using the wrench in the end for leverage as you spray lube under the OEM grip and crank the whole thing back and forth, walking it out slowly...you'll be using all of your strength (and then some). The first 25% is the worst, then it comes out quickly after the first rubber spacer.
-HANDGUARDS: I went with the Acerbis guards and Barkbuster bar end weights off the ADV Pulse article because I liked the look and reviews far more than the Barkbusters handguards which have a lot of reviewers unhappy about the installation process and the gap between the end of the grips and the handguard handlebar attachment (solved by getting these Acerbis handguards + the Barkbusters bar end weights which closes things up nice and flush and looks intentional rather than piecemeal). The Barkbusters guards also have more exposed aluminum/grey color and just look generally boxier to me than the sleeker Acerbis guards, which I think look like they belong on the Versys a bit more. Better visual pairing. Functionally, the Acerbis handguards are great (and have vents for hot weather as well as provide wind-chill coverage for cold weather), not to mention a really tough aluminum spine and replaceable black arm that attaches to the end of the handlebars- a really nice touch visually and functionally.
-GRIPS: GET RID of the puny, cramp-inducing OEM grips (which will vibrate worse with ANY aluminum spine handguards, even with added bar end weights, because you have to lose the OEM bar end weights for aluminum spine handguards). Go with the Progrip 714 grips. Super inexpensive and highly recommended after a nice, long ride testing them. They come close-ended but an Exacto knife will lop off the ends like butter, and the comfort and finish, again, up against the bar end weights looks really polished. They're also thicker and softer so they dampen the increased vibrations (honestly not an issue between the 714 grips and bar end weights of this particular setup; I have yet to miss the promised "anti-vibration" of the Rox risers, and am not so sure it provided much of any of that had they stayed with my bike).
-WINDSCREEN: I like the Puig touring windscreen a lot, but I didn't like it at all until I got the MotoParty clear visor from Amazon to clip on top of it. 1/3rd the price of the $100 Puig light smoke visor, and unlike the reviews for the Puig (additional) visor, this MotoParty thing is rock-solid, and solves (for me, at 6' 3") the horrible buffeting created by the Puig touring windscreen. So, if you're tall like me, beware of the Puig windscreen unless you're good with the aesthetic of an added visor on top and an extra $40 or so for a visor to calm things down around your helmet. Now it's great, or at least tolerable (but I'm picky about buffeting and helmet noise and also wear EarPeace earbuds with the max filtration).
-VISOR: If you're tall and want the Puig + visor, I recommend getting clear for the visor even if you get smoke or light smoke for your Puig windscreen. Unless you spring for the (overpriced and apparently flimsy) Puig visor, you'll have a hard time matching third-party visors in smoke or light smoke to the color of your Puig windscreen (assuming you also get smoke or light smoke there). More importantly, the area of the Puig windscreen is not somewhere you're going to look through unless you're doing parking lot drills or very slow unpaved riding, and I love the look of the light smoke Puig screen which helps add "weight" to the thin appearance of the Versys' front end. But with the visor, that's very usable/important viewing space (cars in front of you at a stop/intersections), and while I tried a regular smoke and light-smoke visor (which were returned with the Rox risers), the clear visor was the favorite because it kept that crucial viewing area ahead crisp and clear. (I also wear an Icon Airflite helmet with the chrome visor which adds some tint, so for safety reasons didn't want to be looking through too many layers of tinting in crucial viewing areas, say, at night).
-Lastly, the Puig touring screen is not as tall as it looks in the photos, and IMO looks great on the bike, while the clear visor becomes almost invisible (except in profile)...I think aside from the reasons above, a smoke or light smoke visor would've made the front end look too tall in the windscreen + visor department.
Hope this helps!
-Versys in Seattle
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