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Old 01-02-2013, 06:52 AM   #5431
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I can get the bark buster handguards with the optional end weights.
I'm not sure if those hit the givi screen, though.
I have an '09 with KTM handuards installed. I put on the Givi screen for cold weather riding. I've had to modify the screen to get to full lock. The only alternative would be to alter the screen location with spacers or go to a Madstad bracket.

Go for the bar-end weights if you order the BB's, you'll want them. I ended up going with an aftermarket bar-end weight on my KTM's. Looks good, but could be weightier.
I got the idea from Davy in the UK- this is his bike-

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Old 01-02-2013, 07:31 AM   #5432
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Depending on how badly its hitting the screen at full lock, you might try adding bumpers to the steering stops if you are just missing it by a bit.

I added 2 small pieces of automotive edge trim to the lock/stop plate on the frame.

It makes the steering swing from lock to lock a bit less, but its hardly noticeable in real world use.
It also dampens the bang when you do turn it full lock.


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Old 01-02-2013, 02:13 PM   #5433
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really?

in your specific case, with the 130/80 Shinko mounted on the front, or any other similar tread pattern tire in 130/80 mounted on the front of your Versys, did you mount with the arrow or backwards? let's assume you run these tires backwards, and have no experience or miles running the same tires mounted forward, or with the manufacturer's direction arrow.

if that's the case, why make an evaluation based on zero usage?

two of the longest range Versys riders i can name offhand both have run 130/80 fronts from the outset, and both mounted the tires with the direction arrow. one rider runs the Shinko 705 and the other one Tourance, multiple sets of tires, combined miles must be over 150,000 at this point. when asked the question directly, both said they would continue running this exact setup. no tire performance issues were reported by either rider, and both reported exceptional front tire life.

in 150,000 miles, it might have rained on them a time or two.

i had no problems with my 130/80 Tourance either, all roads, all conditions.

i know how i would mount these tires, how anyone else mounts them is their business.
Pipping in here late but Ive been runing the Tourance tires for a while now.....3rd set on front and 4th on the rear = tens of thousands of miles under heavy load and i run them with the arrows in the right direction. They are solid in dirt and asphalt and I see no reason to run the front backwards.

Who the hell would run a tire in a backwards rotation?
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:12 PM   #5434
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Love this pic!!!! This is sooooo gonna be me next summer...
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:23 PM   #5435
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Got my new Seat Concepts seat installed today. Have not gotten a chance to ride yet but the 1st impression from sitting on the bike is great.

Front is higher and there is a definite pocket to sit in. No more forward slope and no more feeling like I am sitting on the edge of. 2x4.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:19 PM   #5436
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Ogre_fl, are you ever able to lock the bike?
Had me with that one.
I never use the steering lock.
Just went out into the garage to try and yes it will still lock.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:15 AM   #5437
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Planning to put crash bars and a skid plate on my Versys, although in 32000 miles I aint needed either yet. So Im wondering what brand people are using. Anyone have a particular one that they like or dislike?
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:12 PM   #5438
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Let us know how the hand guards work out.

And give us lots of pics.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:17 PM   #5439
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Here a a couple of shots of the new seat.

This thing is sooo much more comfortable than the stock seat!!!




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Old 01-06-2013, 05:36 PM   #5440
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Thanks for the pics. The hand guards look good.

Do they mount on both ends or just one?
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:38 PM   #5441
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:35 AM   #5442
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Here a a couple of shots of the new seat.

This thing is sooo much more comfortable than the stock seat!!!




Let me know what your impressions are after you've put some miles on it. I'm not that fond of the stock seat, especially after a couple of hours. The forward sloping of it tends to put too much pressure on my "gentleman's region".

That looks like it does a good job of addressing the problem.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:09 AM   #5443
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Hey Cave Dave

Hey Cave Dave, I've had the seat concepts seat for a season now, so I can give you my opinions on it. Waaaay more comfortable to sit on for one! No more nut crunching happening. On the other side of that coin, it does seat you further back, and up, so, I reccomend handlebar risers.
Also, some complain that it makes you feel like your sitting ON the bike rather than IN the bike, if you know what I mean.
I got the risers, and now love the seat. Another bonus is that it's a bit higher, so you get some more knee room too
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:34 AM   #5444
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Hi I have been lurking for a while so best I make myself known.

I have Blue 09 and love the bike. Seat sucks ( found out the hard way ) on long trips. Did 3500 kilometres in just over a week last summer and have almost recovered now.

Been looking into the seat concepts but not sure what to order ( foam etc. ),

I am 5' 11" and about 200 pounds.

What do you in my height and weight range recommend. Thanks in advance for any constructive advice.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:02 PM   #5445
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Hey Cave Dave, I've had the seat concepts seat for a season now, so I can give you my opinions on it. Waaaay more comfortable to sit on for one! No more nut crunching happening. On the other side of that coin, it does seat you further back, and up, so, I reccomend handlebar risers.
Also, some complain that it makes you feel like your sitting ON the bike rather than IN the bike, if you know what I mean.
I got the risers, and now love the seat. Another bonus is that it's a bit higher, so you get some more knee room too
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Nice! Thanks BiGo! I'm already looking at the handlebar risers from MotoWerk as a combination riser/vibration reducer, so the new seat would be one more reason to get them.

More knee room would be a big plus, I'm also looking at the highway pegs from MotoWerk to give an alternative for the knees.

Thanks again for the info, I see an order to Seat Concepts in my near future!
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