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Old 08-13-2009, 08:54 PM   #21
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I've taken my V. 99% of the places I could take my KLR (still on stock tires) With the soon to be outfitted new tires I expect that number to go up.
Hmmm...if anyone is gonna be riding off the beaten path on a regular basis, you might want to look at either the Algard Engine Guard or the Happy Trail skid plate to protect the exhaust header. That header pipe is quite exposed, and needs something to protect it.

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Old 08-17-2009, 02:43 PM   #22
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Hmmm...if anyone is gonna be riding off the beaten path on a regular basis, you might want to look at either the Algard Engine Guard or the Happy Trail skid plate to protect the exhaust header. That header pipe is quite exposed, and needs something to protect it.

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My Algard has enough scuffs on it already to attest to the value of that advice. I too would recommend the Algard to anyone planning on doing any amount of adventure riding. I chose the Algard over the HT product based on asthetic reasons. It simply looks way better. It also performs very well and I have not regretted dealing with Gozrad in the least.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:27 PM   #23
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Having a KLR and Versys is like dating a steady girl that treats you right, does what you want when you want to, and is there when you need her. The V is her sexy twin who will rock your world and do things that her sister could only imagine.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:42 PM   #24
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I never thought the V could replace my KLR, and the way I ride, it can't.

So, now I have both...

The V, like any motorcycle, will go just about anywhere you point it, but I think the 17 on the front and those stock tires make it no fun on anything much except smooth asphalt.

Lot's disagree with me on that, but it's just a fun little twisty commuter in my mind. Not that there's anything wrong with that...
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:35 PM   #25
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Owned both and two different bikes for two differnent situations. Versys is a streetbike for slight trips down a dirt or gravel road and Klr is a dual purpose not so much highway oriented. Yes it will run down the highway fine but is not it's sole intent. Both do fine in their intended area. Versys is more comfortable for shorter riders and the KLR fits tall riders better for long leg comfort. Knee's are bent a lot on the Versys for taller riders and yes you can get a peg lower kit and does work. A lot of people keep argueing which is better but neither one is. Choose whatever fits your style rideing and get over it. My 2 cents
Where, please, can a fella obtain one of these peg lowering kits?
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Old 05-02-2010, 11:24 PM   #26
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The peg lowering kit I use is from Motowerk. I love mine.

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Old 05-05-2010, 05:49 PM   #27
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ThanX! Those look pretty good. Do you suppose an ol' fat 250-pounder can stand up on ’em? Can toothed steel dirt bike pegs be bolted on?
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:23 PM   #28
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I'm an ol' fat 230lb guy, and they're holding up just fine.

As for other pegs, one option is a footrest kit from SW-Motech. They should be available from Twisted Throttle, but they aren't on their website yet. Given that they have have two height settings, they might just be what you are looking for.

Some more discussion about them can be found here.

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Old 07-27-2010, 12:04 AM   #29
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Here's a link to a fellow who's riding all over South America. He raised his front fender and runs a Tourance 130/80 x 17 on the front (and has OVER 26,000 MILES on it!), and goes everywhere.

https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=5141

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Old 09-02-2010, 10:00 AM   #30
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you could build one up to be a nice touring adventure bike, I think it would handle most stuff you would incounter crossing state lines and do the passes like cinamon.

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you could build one up to be a nice touring adventure bike, I think it would handle most stuff you would incounter crossing state lines and do the passes like cinamon.

The MAJOR improvement there is that the front wheel got swapped, to hold a bigger diameter front tire with knobby tread on it, which should make the Versys much better on dirt roads. Nice picture, and thanks for sharing!
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Old 09-06-2010, 03:08 PM   #32
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The MAJOR improvement there is that the front wheel got swapped, to hold a bigger diameter front tire with knobby tread on it, which should make the Versys much better on dirt roads. Nice picture, and thanks for sharing!
Just FYI that is JDrocks bike from the. It is a great bike that he rides all over Canada do 1000 mile gravel roads and such with. It is a custom 650r set up with versys suspension and a v-stom wheel up front. I am looking at building one as well. I just have to sell my concourse first.


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...It is a custom 650r set up with versys suspension and a v-stom wheel up front...
Could the V-strom wheel fit the Versys front fork, without any axle modifications? That would be great for use on dirt/gravel roads!

Edit: The engine radiator on the Versys does need "mud" protection from the "throw off" of the front wheel, a mud guard.
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Old 09-06-2010, 04:08 PM   #34
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Could the V-strom wheel fit the Versys front fork, without any axle modifications? That would be great for use on dirt/gravel roads!

Edit: The engine radiator on the Versys does need "mud" protection from the "throw off" of the front wheel, a mud guard.
yes it can be with out axle mods, but you'll need spacer mods and brake mods
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yes it can be with out axle mods, but you'll need spacer mods and brake mods
Those minor modifications are easy enough to do. Some trial and error along with some patience can get those jobs done, no problem.

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I'm convinced; Must have a KLR beater to go vith my V. Best of both worlds, no?
Same here. I have both too.
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Saw this posted on the Versys board. Someone did a nice job.




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Ancient thread but I'm bored;

I had a Versys and a KLR......I rode the Versys on gravel and even on some trails and it sucked for a plethora of reasons; I loved the bike and it is a great commuter but while it can handle gravel roads, it is not a dual sport/dual purpose bike and no amount of modification will make it as offroad worthy as a well set up KLR.

....Likewise the KLR can't be made into as good a pavement pounder. Ultimately I sold my Versys and concentrated on making my KLR a better dual purpose bike to suit my needs. My reasoning was that the KLR can do everything the V can (albeit slower on the road) but the V cannot do everything the KLR can. .....and I found the KLR to have better and more comfortable ergonomics.

For those that really want a versys motor and a KLR's capabilities, it can (and has) been done;

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