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    Re: Kawasaki Versys is here



    Don't worry gents, the a$$ isn't going to fall off my Versys simply from removing a couple of superfluous passenger peg stays

    As you know the Ninja 650R / ER6n and Versys KLE 650 are almost identical.

    Compare the KLE650 and EX650 frames (I posted these in a Kawiforums thread and it was suprising how long it took someone to identify which frame belongs to which bike)




    As you can see, the rear subframe is pretty much identical on both bikes, but of course even though the EX650 doesn't have Dan's "space frames" I have yet to hear of it's a$$ falling off



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    Good point
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    Re: Kawasaki Versys is here



    Quote Originally Posted by whitehead View Post
    Good point
    Er yes good point, but the brackets seem very over engineered just to be rear foot peg carriers.
    I agree looking at the pictures but are they the same diameter and thickness tubes, as most manufacturers produce things the cheapest way they can

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatlad View Post
    Er yes good point, but the brackets seem very over engineered just to be rear foot peg carriers.
    I agree looking at the pictures but are they the same diameter and thickness tubes, as most manufacturers produce things the cheapest way they can
    Fatlad here you have a good point .... on the other hand there are not only "rear foot peg carriers" as some people do not only rest there foot on it but their all body-weight.

    BTW Tony for the people knowing their bike it is very easy to see which frame is for the Versys (although it took me a few secs to think about it)

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    Love this bike!

    Two days ago I was playing in dirt-


    Yesterday cleaned off all the mud, changed to Diablo Supercorsas, dialed in the suspension and today hit the track!



    Versatile system indeed!


    Let the Good Times ROLL!

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    Another Versys track day vid :-D

    Let the Good Times ROLL!
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    Love this bike! Thursday was dirt, Saturday was track, and Sunday was a mix of pavement and dirt. Here's a fun section through Sai Tong National Park-

    Did this while wearing the Diablo Supercorsas and suspension settings from Saturday's track day
    Ride On!
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    I've been testing this locally produced hugger / chain guard and find that it's fine for road use, but not strong enough for off road use...


    The first sample didn't clear the battery box and got smashed when I hit a big bump...


    New version clears the battery box fine-


    Looks great and really cuts down on the amount of crud that gets thrown by the tire.


    It's fiberglass and very light weight. Suitable for road use, but the first time I went off roading with it, it cracked...


    I think fiberglass just isn't strong enough for off road use and am thinking about trying to find a supplier that can produce them in ABS plastic. Will keep you posted!

    Ride On!

    Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyBKK View Post
    The primary purpose of modern motorcycle exhausts is to cut emissions and noise as required by law. More stringent regulations are the reason why bikes are getting HEAVIER year after year.

    The Versys is built to pass Thailand's extremely strict emissions requirements. The Thai emissions standards for motorcycles are extremely strict and are in some ways MORE strict than EURO III emission regulations. It's also the reason why Yamaha only sells California CARB spec bikes in Thailand.

    The stock exhaust on your Versys weighs about 20 pounds. Not only is it very HEAVY, it also restricts the power of your bike. Most aftermarket manufacturers publish dyno charts showing the increase in power and torque that you can achieve by using their product. Most aftermarket exhausts have been shown to give the EX650 a modest 2-3 Hp gain. Opening up the airbox, adding a fuel injection module and ignition booster are all effective ways of gaining more power as well.

    In addition to an increase in power and torque, aftermarket cans cut SIGNIFICANT weight.

    Cutting weight improves performance. Most aftermarket cans weigh about 3-5 pounds.


    Sure, imported exhausts often do retail for as much as 18-20k Baht here in Thailand thanks to the hefty import duties, but you can buy a decent aftermarket can from abroad for a whole lot less and carry it over in your suitcase. Or if you have it shipped even with the cost of shipping and duty you'll likely still come out well below Thai retail.

    There are some Thai brands now available for the EX650 as well that are a lot cheaper than import brands. DBS, Tyga and Tsukigi are a few of the cheap locally manufactured brands I can think of. I also know some shops in Bangkok that are selling knock-off Leo Vince's and Yoshimura pipes but no idea about what kind of quality you might expect from the knock-offs...

    Ride On!

    Tony
    Hi Tony,

    Your contribution is very informative. Are you the same Tony that went on the Kawasaki trip to KhaoYai the end of July 2011? The one that carried his own four years old boy with him. I am the retired doctor who rode the black ER-6n could you remember me? Thanks again and I'll keep on reading whatever you are going to write.

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    Thank you for this! Great information ... and a nice .pdf download for reading and references
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    kawasaki Agent



    Hi, guy do anyone know where is the list of address for
    Kawasaki agent.

    Thank! Best Regard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverliner View Post
    Hi Tony,

    Your contribution is very informative. Are you the same Tony that went on the Kawasaki trip to KhaoYai the end of July 2011? The one that carried his own four years old boy with him. I am the retired doctor who rode the black ER-6n could you remember me? Thanks again and I'll keep on reading whatever you are going to write.
    Sawasdee Krub! Yes! I remember you! What a fun ride that was! Hope to see you again on a future trip!

    Happy Trails!

    Tony and Kristhawee

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    Re: kawasaki Agent



    Quote Originally Posted by lkp73 View Post
    Hi, guy do anyone know where is the list of address for
    Kawasaki agent.

    Thank! Best Regard
    Hi!

    You can find a complete list of Kawsaki dealers in Thailand at the Kawasaki.co.th website: http://www.kawasaki.co.th/th/home.asp

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    Hi Tony, Any updates on the rear huggers? Do you know where I can get hold of them in Thailand? Cheers Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by stubzi View Post
    Hi Tony, Any updates on the rear huggers? Do you know where I can get hold of them in Thailand? Cheers Dave
    Afraid the one I got from Kittisak Racing did not last... It was fiberglass and just not strong enough.

    I've seen some plastic huggers that look more solid but can't remember who is making them.

    There's an ad somewhere in the ClubVersysThailand classified section but I'm not finding it at the moment- http://www.clubversysthailand.com/in...board,9.0.html

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    Re: Kawasaki Versys is here



    SG Motoshop sells ERMAX huggers. You can see what they have at http://www.sgmotorshop.com/performan...max/rearhugger. I haven't purchased one yet as they are pricey, but they appear to be quite sturdy.

    Give Arthit a call at 081-422-3598

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    Cooked another chain on the Versys... Have to book in advance for service at Kawasaki Rama 9 so decided to swap chain and sprockets myself


    Going down 2 teeth in the back with a MotoPlay 44T sprocket.

    Out with the old...


    .... and in with the new! ^_^v


    44T 520 for the Versys. Will lower the revs a bit on the highway


    Clean and grease the wheel bearings


    Cut the old chain


    Only 12,000km and this chain is toast... Note failed o-ring... :/


    Yikes! Severely worn front sprocket... Is this kind of wear possible in just 12,000 km? Did Kawasaki replace it when I last changed chain and sprockets?

    I had asked Kawasaki to change the sprockets along with the chain at ~12,000 km, but there may have been a "misunderstanding", and I must confess, I didn't look closely at the bill... One more reason to do it myself!

    Old on new


    Countershaft clean. It was seriously dirty!


    Front sprocket done. Mangled the lock washer a bit


    Smaller sprocket means shorter chain- removing a link


    80 ft/lbs to keep GT-Rider "Monsterman" happy ^_*
    (Turns out 80 ft/lbs is EXACTLY "torque it's **** off" on my elbow gauge)


    Installing the master link


    Master link side plate on


    Flaring the pins. So easy when you have the right tool! ^_^


    Job done! TGIF! Have a great weekend everyone!!! ^_^v

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    Hi! Tony,

    I believe the original rear sprocket is 46 teeth. The newly replaced one on your bike is 44T. What's the major difference? Can you notice it instantly? Did you gain more in top speed? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverliner View Post
    Hi! Tony,

    I believe the original rear sprocket is 46 teeth. The newly replaced one on your bike is 44T. What's the major difference? Can you notice it instantly? Did you gain more in top speed? Thanks.
    Yes, that's correct the stock rear sprocket is 46T. I wanted to try the 44 to bring the revs down a bit on the highway. Of course, now my speedo is off since the speed is measured at the front sprocket. I'll have to check with a GPS to see exactly what the speedo drift is. As far as how it rides, no, I can't feel a noticeable difference.

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