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Hi All,

Just got my 2016 Versys 650 a little over a week ago and really love it. I had the 1st generation one which I bought in 2008 and I'm amazed how much better this 3rd generation one is, especially when it comes to addressing the issues the 1st generation model had with wind buffeting and engine vibration.

But, the biggest downside, IMO, of this latest version is the rear fender. It just seems larger and uglier than ever.

I did some searching around on the web and could only find two fender eliminator options out there, neither of which seems like great choices. See below.

R&G Racing Fender Eliminator Kawasaki Versys 650 2015-2016
R&G Racing Fender Eliminator Kawasaki Versys 650 2015-2016 - RevZilla

Targa Tail Kit Fender Eliminator for Versys 650 10-15
Targa Tail Kit Fender Eliminator for Versys 650 10-15 - SoloMotoParts.com

I had my local moto dealer contact Yoshimura and he found out that they don't have any plans to make a kit for the 15/16 models. Too bad, as I really like the one they made for the 14 and before model years.

So, my question is... Have any of you who have the 2015 or 2016 model found a decent, quality fender eliminator kit out there?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Hi Invader,

Not sure if they'd fit. I have a friend who owns a 2013 Versys so maybe I can take a look at his rear fender mounting set up and see if the bracket and screw hole locations are the same.
 

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the rear fender is definitely longer on the 3 generation 650. I did get a different rear spool stand .The old stand would interfere with the fender on my 2015. I really didn't look that hard but the 2008 rear fender looked like the mounting was different than the 2015.
 

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the rear fender is definitely longer on the 3 generation 650. I did get a different rear spool stand .The old stand would interfere with the fender on my 2015. I really didn't look that hard but the 2008 rear fender looked like the mounting was different than the 2015.
I had gotten an rear (slim) Pyramid fender extender earlier to stop cat-tail spray tracks up my back. So I got a Pitbull side-rear stand to eliminate even worrying about the rear fender obstruction with a stand. It gives a couple of extra feet rear-access around the bike compared to a rear-access rear-stand :grin2:

 

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I had gotten an rear (slim) Pyramid fender extender earlier to stop cat-tail spray tracks up my back. So I got a Pitbull side-rear stand to eliminate even worrying about the rear fender obstruction with a stand. It gives a couple of extra feet rear-access around the bike compared to a rear-access rear-stand :grin2:

That is the exact stand I went with.
 

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the rear fender is definitely longer on the 3 generation 650. I did get a different rear spool stand .The old stand would interfere with the fender on my 2015. I really didn't look that hard but the 2008 rear fender looked like the mounting was different than the 2015.
I have to add that I never had an 'interference' issue w/ my H-F rear stand on the GREEN HORNET (an '09), but I DO have an issue on my GREEN HORNET TOO, 2015, (caught my right thumb several times...:surprise:...:thumbdown:)so, for that reason I MIGHT cut back the fender a bit....
 

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That is the exact stand I went with.
I didn't think there were any other side-rear stands, but who knows: there could be. I really like mine. When my shop does not use their hydraulic air lift stands, they use the HD pitbull stands for quick jobs if their station lifts are occupied with long term jobs.



The side-rear stand makes any maintenance around the rear wheel easier, especially if the rear wheel is removed. I think is was a good deal for the side-rear stand considering the alternatives.

Hi All,

Just got my 2016 Versys 650 a little over a week ago and really love it.

But, the biggest downside, IMO, of this latest version is the rear fender. It just seems larger and uglier than ever.
As far as the rear fenderless racing option, there may be a lot of (rooster-tail) cleaning for the commuter in exchange for the racer looks. They do look sporty though. Tell us how it works out.
 

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I know it's off-topic, but since some others have brought it up, I use a Venom rear stand that is long enough to clear the rear fender on my 2012 and cost me less than $40 on eBay. Pitbull stands are definitely well-made and heavy duty but are also much more expensive than mine which seems to work just as well. I have used mine to remove the rear wheel as well as other maintenance tasks and it has done it's job. Just food for thought IMHO.
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I know it's off-topic, but since some others have brought it up, I use a Venom rear stand that is long enough to clear the rear fender on my 2012 and cost me less than $40 on eBay. Pitbull stands are definitely well-made and heavy duty but are also much more expensive than mine which seems to work just as well. I have used mine to remove the rear wheel as well as other maintenance tasks and it has done it's job. Just food for thought IMHO.
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You are correct.I use a hf rear stand on my 2008. But the rear fender is longer and interferes with hf stand on the 2015. I bought a pit bull stand off of craigslist for $80.00 used.
 

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You are correct.I use a hf rear stand on my 2008. But the rear fender is longer and interferes with hf stand on the 2015. I bought a pit bull stand off of craigslist for $80.00 used.
Wow! If that was the side-rear stand, you lucky dog. That's half price for an in-demand model. Good job. Just one bike-drop can pay for almost any Pitbull stand brand new.

All I saw in the LA area were old model pitbull stands, for more than you paid; but LA craigslist area is picked over pretty good. You can get real good deals only if you grab them 5 minutes after they originally post (it takes constant vigilance which is not free.)
 

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Wow! If that was the side-rear stand, you lucky dog. That's half price for an in-demand model. Good job. Just one bike-drop can pay for almost any Pitbull stand brand new.

All I saw in the LA area were old model pitbull stands, for more than you paid; but LA craigslist area is picked over pretty good. You can get real good deals only if you grab them 5 minutes after they originally post (it takes constant vigilance which is not free.)
The guy I bought the stand from just traded an almost new Yamaha
fz9 in on a brand new Harley and just wanted it gone. A couple days earlier I bought an almost new givi mono lock top case for $40.00 off of craigslist.
 

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Here is a bracket I drew up. It mounts to the four bolts in the tail using the OEM bolts and user supplied nuts. I'm still waiting on quotes. It has be bent using a sheet metal bend/brake along the two red lines but it's totally up to the end user; some people like them "tucked" away but it's illegal in some places. The license plate mounts on the bracket using the bracket that's on the stock fender. In case y'all didn't know, the red reflectors are a separate pieces that you can take off. I plan on buying a tail light that has the turn signals built in to clean up the look.
 

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