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Old 11-22-2012, 08:47 AM   #5386
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off road fire roads

The versys does a pretty good job off road. Like most things off road it is somewhat up to the riders skill and comfort with riding dirt and sand. With the stock tires it wasnt much fun but did it and even road fircuts doing enduro layout. Finally got the tck80s and now the bike is just about as much fun offroad as it is on road. Is it my KTM300 yell no but for a sunday ride thru the pines its not bad and even lowered it still can hop some decent logs of need be. The tck80 tires are a little noisier then stock and the speedo is off about 3-4 mph based on my phones gps but I never checked it stock and I know the speedo being off is a complaint. Gearing is still stock for now but would like to change it to correct the speedo at some time.

If your going to consider doing any off road and do paniers then make sure you do something better then the plastics or the thinner boxes. They wont hold up to laying the bike down and you will at some point do that. I own a fab/machine shop so I made my own but happy trails also make nice HD boxes that are dirt worthy. Not sure who else.


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Old 11-23-2012, 05:23 PM   #5387
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Question for you guys.
How is the Versys on fire roads?
I am looking at a vstrom but am intrigued on the Versys.
Have not been able to ride one yet..
The Versys is fantastic for what it is, an economical all rounder built for pavement use and it will handle the occasional smooth dirt and gravel roads ok if you keep your speed down but if you spend more than 5% of your time off pavement there are bikes built in this price range (like the KLR) that are more suitable if you are spending 25%-50% of your riding off pavement.

IMO off road and on road handling are at the opposite ends of the same scale. Making a bike better off road means reducing it's capibility on pavement and vice versa. As long the dirt or gravel road is passable to a regular 2 wheel drive passenger car the Versys will do fine on it. If it is rougher than that though you will want a more off road capable bike. It's not just tires and wheels. The Versys suspension is too stiff and short travel for serious off road travel plus it weighs a lot and has high center of gravity. IMO it will never be the ideal off road bike.

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Old 11-28-2012, 04:19 PM   #5388
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Question Where does everyone get the brackets ( without making them ) to raise the front fender...
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:30 AM   #5389
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The front fender is in its stock location on my bike in the above pic. The TKC has enough clearance for anything you would want to ride in unless you ride into muck hole and bury it.

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Old 11-29-2012, 09:25 AM   #5390
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Are those TKC's radials?
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:33 AM   #5391
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Question Where does everyone get the brackets ( without making them ) to raise the front fender...
If you look at mine on the page before, you'll see that there are two holes to hold the front fender on. I'm only using one of those holes. I just basically shifted it up and used some zip ties for reinforcement and to keep the brake line in place. Probably not the best solution, but we haven't had any issues thus far.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:15 PM   #5392
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:51 PM   #5393
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Got the new Shinkos on, now the big question what air pressure is everyone running in these tires.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:19 PM   #5394
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Got the new Shinkos on, now the big question what air pressure is everyone running in these tires.
Which model Shinko? I'm just about to mount up a second pair of the 011, which I like far more than expected.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:21 PM   #5395
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Which model Shinko? I'm just about to mount up a second pair of the 011, which I like far more than expected.
705s and I hope I put the front one on right I mean backwards since its a rear tire up front
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:57 PM   #5396
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705s and I hope I put the front one on right I mean backwards since its a rear tire up front
Same tire as you (130/150) and I mounted both tires in the same direction. No issues in the cold and rain here in the Vancouver area. Did take a long time to break in as dry road was at a premium. Got the tires mostly for cost and the big ass puddles we get out here in the valley.

Air is at 28 rear and 26 front right now and the bike is stable. My only fear is when it gets dry and wram again the tires might not grip enough but will last forever. Hmmm, maybe just keep them for winter and long trips?
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:39 PM   #5397
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705s and I hope I put the front one on right I mean backwards since its a rear tire up front
Can't help with pressure info, but looking forward to your review.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:48 PM   #5398
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705s and I hope I put the front one on right I mean backwards since its a rear tire up front
mounts with the arrow.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:22 AM   #5399
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mounts with the arrow.
Crap I was told by an old street racer when using a rear on the front you change the direction of the tire
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:34 AM   #5400
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Just did alot of raeding on this subject. All articles say that the rear tire up front needs to be reversed due to when the tire is made its for the force put against the carcuss and sidewalls. We will see Gonna go break them in
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