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Old 09-24-2009, 08:43 PM   #1
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This might be a different idea, but has anyone changed the handle bars on their Versys??

I'm thinking a lower handle bar profile...a less tall riser. I wonder if it's been done.

thanks for any ideas or input
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Old 09-25-2009, 05:51 AM   #2
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This might be a different idea, but has anyone changed the handle bars on their Versys??

I'm thinking a lower handle bar profile...a less tall riser. I wonder if it's been done.

thanks for any ideas or input
I dont own a versy{yet}.But i was thinking that when i get one i am going to put some low cut down mx bars on it.
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:51 AM   #3
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I was interested in changing the handlebars on my Versys, and so I asked the service manager at my local dealership about any options. He said yes, other handlebars are available, BUT, he didn't know of any other handlebars which could hold the stock bar-end weights. It seems that Kawasaki is the only manufacturer using a threaded bolt to hold the bar-end weights on with, and apparently Kawasaki doesn't offer any other handlebars for the Versys.

For custom handlebars, it's possible that a welder could tack-weld a threaded nut into each of the handlebar ends, to screw the bar-end weight's bolt into.

Edit: The other thing to consider is the available clearance between the handlebar and the fuel tank, especially with the front fork turned all the way to one side or the other. There isn't all that much clearance to begin with, and so there could be a limit as to the handlebars available to you.
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:42 PM   #4
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Lots of guys on the OTHER site have gone to "Pro Taper" bars.
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:00 PM   #5
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Lots of guys on the OTHER site have gone to "Pro Taper" bars.
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Yes, ATV HI's on my "old" Versys. With a trip to the hardware store and some new expanding nuts (no, not those nuts!) the bar end weights went back on with no trouble.
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Old 04-30-2010, 12:56 AM   #6
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Re: Versys handlebars

Interesting, and thanks, you guys!

Although I loosened the clamp bolts and rolled the stock handlebars back a little bit, or about as much as I could get away with while still safely "clearing" the gas tank at the grips with the front fork fully turned to one side and the other, the "rise" is fine, but an inch or two of "pullback" would be much better.

The problem is that I use the Versys for mostly "local" riding, and at more or less "legal" speeds, as posted. If I went considerably faster then I could "lean" into the wind and then the stock handlebars probably would work just fine.

Basically, the Versys can go much faster than my sensibility and the police could allow.
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Old 12-24-2010, 07:36 PM   #7
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Peice of cake to thread the bar ends with a tap. Shouldn't need to do any welding to add a nut.

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It seems that Kawasaki is the only manufacturer using a threaded bolt to hold the bar-end weights on with, and apparently Kawasaki doesn't offer any other handlebars for the Versys.

For custom handlebars, it's possible that a welder could tack-weld a threaded nut into each of the handlebar ends, to screw the bar-end weight's bolt into.

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Old 12-24-2010, 09:47 PM   #8
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Peice of cake to thread the bar ends with a tap. Shouldn't need to do any welding to add a nut.
I put a set of Zeta guards on WITHOUT bar-end weights on BOTH my Versys - they screw right into the "nut" that's in there.
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