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At about 22,000 km I sat on the curb beside my '09 Versys to find I was missing a sub frame mounting fastener on the right side that goes into the foot peg bracket.

Further inspection showed that I was missing the front right 10mm engine mounting bolt, spacer and nut!

Right, I tightened up the now loose front left motor mount bolt, and I installed a longer bolt washer and a nut on the sub frame, ordered the parts in for the engine mount and installed them when I received them prior to heading out to Prince Edward Island via the Adirondaks and Kancamangus highway.

Yesterday, at 32,000km, I was in Sackville NB at a friends place when he asked how the Versys was running and I went to show him the sub frame fastener when I noticed it had sheared in half and Rob drew my attention to a completely missing lower engine mount bolt, about 7" long!

I grabbed a galvanized carriage bolt, washers and nut from a local hardware store to put in a temporary fix to get me back home to Ontario and my parts dealer. And Rob had a bolt that I substituted for the missing sub frame fastener.
At the same time I had to again tighten the front left motor mount bolt and nut.

Has anyone else had this issue of loose or tossed off bolts?

I am not adverse to riding gravel roads or the occasional wheel loft, and have been rattling over some of Vermont's VT100 busted pavement as well as Prince Edward Island's finest kidney shakers.

I'll add some pics in my next post.
 

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That just made me check all of mine. No issues here, granted I only got 8k on my 13' and I don't ride off paved roads......Not yet at least.
 

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That just made me check all of mine. No issues here, granted I only got 8k on my 13' and I don't ride off paved roads......Not yet at least.
I tour on mine, loaded with camping gear this time around, and two up once in a while as well, so there has been quite a load on the sub frame recently with all the gear.

Darn it bothers me! When I get back I'm going to mark the nuts and bolts to make visual checks easier and part of a pre ride inspection.
 

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At about 22,000 km I sat on the curb beside my '09 Versys to find I was missing a sub frame mounting fastener on the right side that goes into the foot peg bracket.
I just noticed the other day that I lost the same bolt...
The bolt was $1 and change from bike bandit but the washer was almost $3!! plus shipping it was 11 bucks in the end.

I'll be checking that little guy from now on.
 

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Has anyone else had this issue of loose or tossed off bolts?
Check jdrocks thread in "Other Motorcycle Make and Model Discussion". He's been having some issues w/ engine mount bolts going "south".

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Check jdrocks thread in "Other Motorcycle Make and Model Discussion". He's been having some issues w/ engine mount bolts going "south".

:badidea:
He replied to the same question I posted on Advrider.

Have you a link to his thread?
 

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I've lost 2 sub frame/ rear set bolts. Even with teflon tape and loctite.

Oh well. I keep spares in my "truck"
If you put teflon AND loctite, you're waisting one of the two

Teflon is for insuring that the 2 face of the nuts and bolt don't stick together

Loctite is to make sure that they do

If you put teflon anf then loctite, the bolt wil unscrew under vibration because the loctite cannot hang to both the nut and bolt, it will slip on the teflon


LOP
 

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Yeah, I thought of that too. Water wetter and some slicks and off to the race track. Lol.
 

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It is a seriously good idea, and I'll ask Competition Cycle in Whitby to lend me hand on the motor mounts to safety wire them.
 
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