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Kawasaki Versys

Staffers’ Rides

Ringleader: Estes

MSRP (2010):

Miles: 9426-12,985

Mods: lately

Is less really If you’re talking about Versys 650, absolutely! The meager sum of $7699 (up $100 for buys you one heck of a competent right out of the box.

Over the of nearly 13,000 miles, my Versys was content with more than 87-octane chain lube and fresh oil in the

Every oil change should be easy: All that’s needed is 2.5 of oil, a filter, a funnel, a socket and a few minutes. Everything is out in the The most time-consuming part of the is waiting for the old oil to drain. Slip in a KN oil filter ($14.95; www.knfilters.com ) a 17mm hex on the end to make the job even I used 100-percent synthetic Maxum4 Extra ($14.99 per www.maximausa.com ) for all of my oil changes.

A less expensive lube have done the job, but this little revver is worth a few extra bucks.

no major maintenance scheduled the first valve inspection at miles. Spark plugs be replaced every 7500 but some owners on the Kawasaki message board ( www.kawasakiversys.com reported going far longer issue. Kawasaki recommends the brake fluid at 15K, and the and cooling system hoses at

Other than that, just regular inspections and adjustments. High-mileage riders on the generally report anvil-like Mine, with nearly miles on the clock, feels as as when I took delivery, included.

Kawasaki Versys

At first I thought the would need work, but I up living with the stock Those two-piston front are a definite weak point for an rider. To increase leverage, I the brake lever assembly so that I grasped the outer of the lever. This can be done on the side for an easier pull, as The only downside is this moves the mirrors inboard, but can be remedied with aftermarket extenders.

So set up, braking power improved, but lines and/or aftermarket would have been the relatively modest effort and

The Avon Storm 2 Ultra ($158.33 front, $198.86 www.avonmoto.com ) mounted at 4200 exceeded my expectations, lasting over 7000 miles lots of freeway work with aggressive daily commuting. Traction and feel until about 500 miles shy of mark, when the front and things started to get sketchy. about twice what I get out of more sporting rubber—a money-saver.

I tried to keep the bike stock, but of the mods I did perform, my two were the aftermarket seat with core exchange; ) and the revised gearing ($79.95; ). If you plan to change the position of the windscreen often, it’s quicker and easier if you spend a money. The screen is held in with four bolts, and to the position you need to remove all of and relocate the threaded rubber (called Well Nuts) different holes.

Digging those suckers out of the thin plastic without damage to the cowl is an exercise in adding minutes to what otherwise be a 60-second procedure. worth the money to buy six additional The OEM parts are more than $6 but I found Windscreen Bolts from Hong Kong on for $9 total.

Either way, this is well spent.

Aftermarket seat from Baldwin Saddle balanced the ergonomic perfectly, moving the rider up and aft to the stock seating position.


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