2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby Kwacky » 22 Jul 2018, 17:04

Dropped it.

In a car park. With people watching it :x

i went to pull away and turn left at the same time. The bike stalled and down she went. Not much damage, just a scuff to the handguard and indicator.
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby Rossgo » 22 Jul 2018, 18:24

Oh crap sorry to hear that Kwacky. Lucky very little damage and not being funny but also the fact it's a work horse.

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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby D6Nutz » 22 Jul 2018, 19:11

Kwacky wrote:Dropped it.

In a car park. With people watching it :x

i went to pull away and turn left at the same time. The bike stalled and down she went. Not much damage, just a scuff to the handguard and indicator.
Doh! Happens to the best of us.. Glad there isn't much damage..


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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby Kwacky » 22 Jul 2018, 19:32

Laugh all you like, I did.
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby duke63 » 23 Jul 2018, 08:12

I did that once in my own driveway. How to look a complete bell end.
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby C00kiemonster » 23 Jul 2018, 09:03

duke63 wrote:I did that once in my own driveway. How to look a complete bell end.


I did it on my bikesafe :D
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby Monty » 23 Jul 2018, 10:10

I did it in the snow outside my office in Wimbledon.
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby C00kiemonster » 23 Jul 2018, 10:14

Monty wrote:I did it in the snow outside my office in Wimbledon.


Youve got an excuse in the snow 8)
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby Monty » 23 Jul 2018, 11:01

C00kiemonster wrote:
Monty wrote:I did it in the snow outside my office in Wimbledon.


Youve got an excuse in the snow 8)


Not really, the bike wasn't actually moving at the time!
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby kiwikrasher » 23 Jul 2018, 11:23

That’s exactly what I did on the multi the weekend in Mudgee... two up!!

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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby Deegee » 23 Jul 2018, 18:51

I did it in the paddock at Lydden on a trackday, also had the misfortune of having it recorded for posterity by a mate with a camera. (facepalm)

Fwiw I did have the excuse of a steering limiter...... :?
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby D6Nutz » 23 Jul 2018, 21:05

My favorite was the petrol station after about 5 or 6 hours riding. I hadn't realised how tired my legs where until I got back on the bike, lent it to the right to put the stand up and couldn't stop it going over....

Cue one bike on it's side and rider laying next to it. To make it worse I couldn't pick the fecking thing up and had to have help from a passer by (blush)
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby Kwacky » 23 Jul 2018, 21:13

I was surprised how easily I managed to pick the Versys up. It wasn't on its side for long.
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby Kwacky » 15 Aug 2018, 13:10

The bike is coming up to 20,000 miles. I'm not sure what the service intervals are now, I think they stick to 7,000 miles but with Kawasaki anything is possible.

The bike needs some warranty work as the paint has flaked at the base of the forks. It's a common problem with Kwaks. Kawasaki have approved it so I need to get the bike in. I've given DMC a kick to arrange a date, I wouldn't mind doing it before I move.

I've also asked DMC if the 790 Duke is available for a test ride.
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby Kwacky » 17 Aug 2018, 10:36

The bike is booked in for next Tuesday.

DMC tell me that the bike is now on an annual service only interval. Given the mileage I'll get it done every 6 months.
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby Kwacky » 25 Aug 2018, 14:20

I hit the 20,000 mile mark yesterday
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby Kwacky » 12 Sep 2018, 09:52

new Z8 fitted last Saturday. The old one did about 8,400 miles. It had tread but was squaring off.

One of my headlight bulbs has gone, so that needs replacing. I'll probably go with the Osram nightbreakers.
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby Kwacky » 25 Sep 2018, 12:29

The bike is booked in for a basic service. I'll get the rear shock fitted and the chain and sprockets replaced and they can do the headlight bulbs for me as well. I'm lazy.
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby Kwacky » 27 Sep 2018, 11:25

I've asked for the rear to be jacked up 5mm just to quicken the steering up a bit.
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Re: 2017 Versys 650 Grand Tourer - ongoing review

Postby Kwacky » 27 Sep 2018, 20:15

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A much nicer ride now. The bike doesn't pogo when I brake hard.
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