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BOUGHT ONE. Based on the great leads, advice and links provided by many of you above, I got answers to the Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3 question I initially posed, and made a decision. Then I found a 2018 V1K online and have put down a deposit. I have to go pick it up this coming week.

Then comes a few short rides before the Colorado winter sets in and then lots of questions about farkling over the next few months. But those will be in new topics.

Thank you once again for all your help, everyone. I'll post pictures once she's home.
Where are you in Colorado?
 

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BOUGHT ONE. Based on the great leads, advice and links provided by many of you above, I got answers to the Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3 question I initially posed, and made a decision. Then I found a 2018 V1K online and have put down a deposit. I have to go pick it up this coming week.

Then comes a few short rides before the Colorado winter sets in and then lots of questions about farkling over the next few months. But those will be in new topics.

Thank you once again for all your help, everyone. I'll post pictures once she's home.
Where are you going to get the bike? If you're coming to the Denver area and weather is good, I can skip work for a little bit and meet up with you!
 

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BOUGHT ONE. Based on the great leads, advice and links provided by many of you above, I got answers to the Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3 question I initially posed, and made a decision. Then I found a 2018 V1K online and have put down a deposit. I have to go pick it up this coming week.

Then comes a few short rides before the Colorado winter sets in and then lots of questions about farkling over the next few months. But those will be in new topics.

Thank you once again for all your help, everyone. I'll post pictures once she's home.
Hi FB,

Good choice, in my humble opinion. I have a 2017. If you are who I think you are, you've seen mine in Torrey. Same exact bike, but yours has green trim while mine has red. There is plenty of farkle info here. Feel free to ask me anything. I've got 34k miles on mine. So far...
 

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Welcome EffBee... I agree that for those that don't do all their
own spanner work, maintenance is best carried out by
the marques dealer... after all, they have more experience
on their specific brand and are more likely to have the right parts
on the shelf... imho it's a no brainer.
 

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I don't believe the first generation was available in the U.S. You might be able to find one up north as I do believe Canada got them.
An advantage of a 2nd generation is the availability of a Shoodaben ECU flash. I can attest to the many benefits it provides to the stock map. It just makes the motor better by smoothing out everything from response to sound and adding some performance. More information on this is available over at Versys1000.com. Steve has his own section under Offers from Forum Vendors over there. You could also Google Shoodaben Engineering. He is very accessible via phone or email.

Good luck with your decision.
Shoodaben flash now available for first gen !

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"Congrats..... good decision!! Pics when you get 'er home!!"
- - - RaYzerman

You bet. Here she is. 2018 with 2900 miles. $8000 plus about $500 for a 3-day truck rental and the gas to pick it up in Los Angeles. One night at my sister's in CA and one night in a Hotel/Casino in Mesquite, NV for a measly $37. Add in some miscellaneous expenses and it was about $8600 delivered.

My yard will have snow soon, as will the roads here in Western Colorado, so I can't wait to start farkling it over the winter. Already has a V-stream windshield, which may or may not stay, depending on what it's like to ride behind. If I don't like it, then I'll look to the opinions and experiences of the collective. Just got my mid-March build date from Russell Saddles. Many more questions to come.


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Congrats, on the recent purchase. Looks to be a clean example for sure. Not sure how tall you are. But ROX Risers were a must for me. The wider bars had me reaching too far out. Which helped relax the back and shoulders. Stay away from the OEM Heated Grips. Get yourself some aftermarket. They will serve you much better. Both more reliable and cheaper as well. If that’s a must on your list. Either Apollo or Oxford would be where I would steer you. Rider lowering pegs (Motowerks) were also a nice addition for me. They provided a little more bend in the knee over OEM. Just make sure you are not lazy in the sweeping turns. Keep the balls of the feet on the pegs! Unsolicited advice I realize. Those changes were game changers in my riding comfort. Enjoy the new ride.
 

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Congrats, on the recent purchase. Looks to be a clean example for sure. Not sure how tall you are. But ROX Risers were a must for me. The wider bars had me reaching too far out. Which helped relax the back and shoulders. Stay away from the OEM Heated Grips. Get yourself some aftermarket. They will serve you much better. Both more reliable and cheaper as well. If that’s a must on your list. Either Apollo or Oxford would be where I would steer you. Rider lowering pegs (Motowerks) were also a nice addition for me. They provided a little more bend in the knee over OEM. Just make sure you are not lazy in the sweeping turns. Keep the balls of the feet on the pegs! Unsolicited advice I realize. Those changes were game changers in my riding comfort. Enjoy the new ride.
Thank you, Craigar. It took months of searching and nearly 7 days of negotiations, but it's a very sweet bike. I can barely find a scratch or scuff on it. I think the heat shield over the exhaust has one, but that'll be taken care of soon.

Your points are well taken. You seem to hit on exactly the things I'm looking to change.

1. Windshield. Is the V-stream sufficient, or will I want something else?

2. Footpeg lowering kit for me, and if I can find one, for my passenger as well. Yes, I will have to watch my foot position in the aggressive corners. Always do, or at least try to remember to. But at 70 my boy racer days are behind me, although my GF doesn't mind scraping things at all. Why should she? She gets a thrill out of the spirited riding and it's not her bike to fix.

3. Risers. Or????? I also have a 2018 V-strom 1000 that we use for playing up in the Rockies. Plenty of fun, nimble over the backroads, and coming out of endless corners the V-twin sounds like a Ducati from my earlier days. But for more than a 300-mile day of twisties, where highway and backroads combine, that's where the Versys will come in (500-800 milers and out-of-state excursions). Anyway, the V-strom's upper body riding position is ideal, with risers installed. But it also has handlebars that are substantially taller than the Versys. So, I may opt for a set of new bars instead of the risers. If I opt for both, I'm pretty sure I'm going to have cable length problems and it just may be too much of a sit-up-and-beg position.

4. Also looking for a fatfoot for the sidestand. Can someone recommend a good-looking fatfoot, because the ones I've seen are a bit fugly, so I may manufacture one myself (I have a tabletop hobbyist lathe and mill).

5. Mirror extenders. If I can't find a reasonably priced pair, I may make my own as well and use some rounder mirrors. I have a set from an old BMW 1150GS that might do the trick. Don't know yet.

6. A bigger rear top case plate. We're going to use a 45-Ltr. SKB (Pelican-type) mil-spec case as a top case, and the stock plate only supports about half the length of the case. Something longer (front-to-back) and flat would be nice.

As the song goes, I've Only Just Begun.
 
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