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« on: May 03, 2011, 03:22:33 PM »

I've had the Versys for two weeks now and the urge to improve/protect has started. What is it about motorcycles that we go out, buy a perfectly good machine and immediately start to buy stuff for them ?

I suppose the easy answer is, it's FUN !!!!

Anyway, I started off with something that is always the first thing I buy for any new bike I own, a front fender extender.
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Next, I wired in the Zumo 660 cradle and fitted a ram ball to the handlebar clamp.
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A Stebel Magum replaced the crap oe effort. I also relocated the position to behind the left body panel.
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Now I've added an EvoTech radiator grill and for the life of me, I can't figure out why Kawasaki do not have one fitted as standard.
It's not like they make one for you to buy as an accessory, but I know that the guys at EvoTech are very happy that the Big K don't !!
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I also cut out of 3M clear paint protector sheet pieces to cover the heel plates and lower part of the tank where my legs rub.
I'm now waiting on some swingarm bobbins coming and I have a host of other ideas that will more than likely get fitted as funds allow.

I remember spending over 2k on my 12GS and the Versys looks like going down a similar route (but hopefully not so expensive).

Between riding and farkling............this is fun fun fun.  Bigsmile









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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2011, 10:47:32 PM »

Sweet. Glad you're having fun with the V.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2011, 11:41:19 PM »

Veddy nice. I really like that color combo. The Versys (used) may be my next bike in a year or so.
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2011, 08:38:12 AM »

If they offered that color here I probably would have bought a new '10 last year instead of a leftover '09.  I know it could be painted, but I couldn't justify paying more initially, and then also paying to have it painted.

Looks good, I know what you mean about the parts adding up.  I have a pile that I still haven't even installed.
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2011, 09:08:51 AM »

I've also just fitted a pair of crash/paddock stand bobbins from EvoTech too. As per the rad guard, they are very nicely made. I also am getting (another) Arai TourX 3 as that style of lid goes so well with this type of bike.  Bigsmile
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2011, 09:34:17 AM »

I heard a panini press will be the accessory most people will add for 2011.
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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2011, 02:33:48 PM »


I heard a panini press will be the accessory most people will add for 2011.


Are speaking of versys owners or owners of all motorcycles?
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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2011, 10:47:28 AM »


I heard a panini press will be the accessory most people will add for 2011.
Tose are standard on all BMW=s aren't they , along with the fantastic switch gear  Razz
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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2011, 06:10:18 PM »

The best farkle I've done on my '09 Versys is about a dollar's worth of foam weatherstriping strategically cut and placed to eliminate the fairing buzz that develops after a few thousand miles (maybe not on the 2010+ models) because that tiny expenditure kept me from going crazy over the annoying sound and selling (no doubt at a loss) an otherwise fine bike.
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2011, 10:16:36 AM »

Now added an auxiliary socket.  Rather than having the Zumo 660 cradle permanently hard wired to the battery, I also cut the Zumo cable which enabled me to do away with all the unnecessary spaghetti under the seat (I have the Interphone F4 Bluetooth comms system so don't need the extra wiring).  

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I also took delivery of a new rear sprocket which is two teeth smaller than the 46t oe one. By all accounts, this helps with motorway cruising and also looks much nicer than the stock one.  Bigsmile

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Next on my list of must haves is an SW Motech Alu Rack and maybe a pair of hand guards.
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2011, 05:41:09 PM »

Dang, I keep liking your bike. Bigok  Have you taken any longer trips on it? My concern is that there might not be enough wind/weather protection for long-distance traveling.
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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2011, 06:10:50 PM »

Yes, I've done a couple of 250+ days so far. I'm just back from Scotland and each day was a minium 230 miles. Considering I wear a TourX lid and have the screen still on its sttandard setting, I have had no real problems with wind turbulence. Only on the gustiest of days do I get a bit of a head shake going, but lets face it, you're on a motorbike, it isn't a GoldWing, what do you expect ?  Lol  In all honesty, the main concern is that the seat gets a bit uncomfortable after 150 miles or so. I'll buy a Sargent saddle when they become available later in the year. Y'know, I am quite happy to say that this bike is like a mini R1200GS beemer, but without the reliability worries I had with that machine. It is just as fast cross country and as I only ride solo, I don't miss the extra power or lugging capability of something bigger. Taking into account that in the past year and a half, I've gone from the 12GS to a VFR750, to a Fazer 1000 (FZ1) and now the Versys, I can't for the life of me think I'd have been better spending way more cash on something bigger or different. A happy bunny am I.  Banana
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« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2011, 10:29:44 PM »

Thanks for the reply, o happy bunny. Lol  I like partially-faired bikes, and the Strom has enough weather protection to make all-day travels during rainstorms reasonably comfortable. Hence my wondering 'bout the Versys, which appears to have smaller fairing/windscreen.
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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2011, 02:33:22 AM »

A wee update.

Latest mod is the fitment of s/s brake lines. I had a 1200RT beemer out for a demo ride (do this and you get a free six month subscription to one of four bike mags in the UK  ) and getting back on the V made me realise just how 'soft' the brakes are. It's not like they don't stop you, just needing a good pull into the bars to get them to bite harder. So on getting home, I went to see my local HEL distributor. He also had an offer on, buy front lines, get the rear free. So I duly asked for a complete set and he made them up there and then. Went home and got the spanners out and within an hour, all done and dusted.

The difference is very pleasing. Gone is the initial woolie response and they now bite with authority. Heck, I even did my first ever stoppie with ease.  EEK!  I now have much more confidence and feel from the lever and I'm really pleased with the results. They look cool too.  Bigok

Oh, I also removed the rear scaffolding/footpegs as I never carry a pillion and I think it cleans the back of the bike up nicely.

I've also done a few trips over to Scotland with 300+ miles involved. It's actually proving to be just as capable as my old 12GS and I'm firmly convinced that it is as close to a mini GS as you'll get.

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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2011, 02:39:10 AM »


I've also done a few trips over to Scotland with 300+ miles involved.


whut??  EEK!

no trip reports??? Confused

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« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2011, 11:48:06 AM »




whut??  EEK!

no trip reports??? Confused

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My trips to Scotland are just day returns. Catch the ferry at 07:30, arrive in Scotland at 10:30. Then hoon around for all my worth for a few hundred miles before getting the 20:00 ferry back to Northern Ireland. I've several more in the planning before the end of the summer, so maybe I could join them all up to make a decent ride report.  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2011, 11:52:51 AM »


Catch the ferry at 07:30, arrive in Scotland at 10:30. Then hoon around for all my worth for a few hundred miles before getting the 20:00 ferry back to Northern Ireland.

That's hard core  EEK! Hail

whut are you...like 18 years old?

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That's hard core  EEK! Hail

whut are you...like 18 years old?

I used to be like that  



No, a seasoned 51 going on 52,  but I do get a solid nights sleep after I get home.  Sleepy

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« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2011, 05:24:20 PM »

Here's the latest add on. An SW Motech Alu Rack. I think it suits the bike nicely. Just need to decide what topbox (and therefore, mounting plate) I want to buy. However, I'll maybe wait 'till nearer the end of the year and see if there are any bargains in the winter sales.

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« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2011, 07:58:05 PM »

Good gawd, man, even your license plate matches the colour scheme!  Nice rack, by the way.  Inlove
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