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Old 04-01-2013, 11:27 AM   #5551
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What the hell is all that white stuff on the ground?
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:40 AM   #5552
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That my friend is my sworn enemy! I'm glad most of it withered away over the weekend!
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:11 AM   #5553
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These homebrew skidplates are what I was looking for. Thanks for the inspiration. Did you guys fabricate or buy the clamps you're using to attach to the crash bars? where can I get some?
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:58 AM   #5554
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These homebrew skidplates are what I was looking for. Thanks for the inspiration. Did you guys fabricate or buy the clamps you're using to attach to the crash bars? where can I get some?
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I used some old U-clamps left over from a set of highway footpegs, used scraps of whatever was laying around for all the mounting bits.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:18 AM   #5555
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Hi all, picked up an '08 Versys with 15K on it last month.

Today was the first day i've actually had time to get out for an aimless ride! Nowhere special, just going wherever the road took me.

Weird blue elephant rock.


Melbourne's ever-expanding suburbia marching into the countryside....


Outside some kind of fruit or grape storage sheds.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:12 AM   #5556
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Hi all, picked up an '08 Versys with 15K on it last month.

Today was the first day i've actually had time to get out for an aimless ride! Nowhere special, just going wherever the road took me.
Hey Congrats! nice looking bike. Those are the best rides, the aimless ones ;)

Hope yer liking it, Cheers
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:20 PM   #5557
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air filter change

Was surprised to find out the versys had an oiled foam filter. After having vstroms, with pleated filters, was spoiled. 14k miles and just cleaned and reinstalled the filter. Gas mileage went right back up. What is the point of the foam air filter? Does it flow better than pleated?
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:32 PM   #5558
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I've never seen my air filter so don't know much on that. But a quick search turned up that at least in the UK, this company has a pleated filter for the versys.

this is what it looks like:



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Old 04-08-2013, 06:13 AM   #5559
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El Zilcho, Heads up. check out Radioman's travels. He's headed your way in a few weeks and would be a great guy to share a meal with as he travels around Australia and hear about his travels. His RR is here.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=689134

Congrates on your Versys. Great bike, same as mine cept mine is the "slower" red color. I have around 14500 miles on it. How do you like your adjustable wind screen? What kind of hand guards are those? rj
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:24 AM   #5560
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Was surprised to find out the versys had an oiled foam filter. After having vstroms, with pleated filters, was spoiled. 14k miles and just cleaned and reinstalled the filter. Gas mileage went right back up. What is the point of the foam air filter? Does it flow better than pleated?
I run a bmc filter in mine http://bluestreakracing.ca/air-oil-f...-kawasaki.html
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:33 AM   #5561
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Hey, any of you Versys owners install the OEM relay kit and 12V socket? It costs a bit (the relay seems decent but the 12V socket is pretty ridiculous) but from the installation instructions it looks like it's meant to be a direct plug-in to a dedicated socket.

Anyone have any experience with it?
The OEM socket is a plug and play installation. Easy to install.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:16 PM   #5562
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Fender?

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After a year of hating my red versys and a month after a dear decided to run out in front of me and I lost the front wheel on a wet mountain rode, I decided it was time for a paint job. Black definitely makes it look a little meaner.

I apologize if you've already answered this question but what front fender is that you're using? Thanks
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:57 PM   #5563
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Been busy doing a few wee mods over the past few months. Bought a custom made seat which is more comfortable than the stock one and a third of the price of a Sargent. Also fitted a Leo Vince end can and I've just fitted an ER6n bellypan as I never really liked the stock engine/pipe covers. I like the way the downpipes are more exposed to show off their snakey slinkiness.





I just found this, new to this V site. I also like the look of the V headers and hate the look of the lower plastic, but I really like this look. What is involved in fitting the ER-6 plastic, it looks like the top front fastener is located in new position? Thanks.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:07 PM   #5564
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A few mods to my Versys - a prep ride for Spring


The O.E.M. tires had 6238 miles on them; they had wore evenly and may have had another 1500-2000 miles of service. I'm riding more gravel and unmaintained county roads this year and needed to mount some tires that would offer more traction on those surfaces. I chose Pirelli Scorpion Trails and went out for a "scuff in" ride.


The rear tire is a size wider than stock.



Matching front tire.


I've thoroughly enjoyed my 2008 Versys since I bought it in 2009.



I believe I've solved my 3000rpm vibration buzz by inserting some 3/32 red silicone gas tubing (from an R/C Hobby Shop) and diligently worked it in between the gauges and the surrounding housing. It took two tries, 30 minutes total and two bloody knuckles.
I also have been experimenting with different GPS locations so I don't have to look down or to the left/right, taking my eyes from the road. I saw this option on another Versys forum and modded a quick and temporary fix. This is where it'll remain although with a shorter mounting arm.

I love this forum and am in debt for all the help and inspiration I have received from it. My sincere thanks to all of you.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:16 PM   #5565
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...okay, some of you sharp-eyed riders...

may have noticed the swingarm spool is missing from the left side swingarm. I took a lo-speed laydown on a 30 wet grassy slope up in KY on a previous KY Icebreaker two-day ride. The spool was the only damage as it broke the support mount weld. I've since fixed it.

Moral of the story...don't take your eyes off the road while figeting with your GPS. It was mounted to the left side of my handlebar.
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