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Re: 2019 Versys 1,000 SE: 5,000 miles update
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2019, 04:14:01 PM »
Funny thing all the photos are showing on my phone.. Maybe I have to play with google settings

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Re: 2019 Versys 1,000 SE: 5,000 miles update
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2019, 01:13:44 AM »
*Originally Posted by TYKE [+]
mr.ford are you teasing us with the promise of pictures    :008:   

Can you see pictures now?  :027:

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Re: 2019 Versys 1,000 SE: 5,000 miles update
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Re: 2019 Versys 1,000 SE: 5,000 miles update
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2019, 01:47:07 AM »
No pics.
I've rarely gotten in hot water over something I didn't say.

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Re: 2019 Versys 1,000 SE: 5,000 miles update
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2019, 03:17:57 AM »
Nope

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Re: 2019 Versys 1,000 SE: 5,000 miles update
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2019, 05:03:00 AM »
right-click and view image then tells me I have to sign in to google to view.  don't have a google sign-in...

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Re: 2019 Versys 1,000 SE: 5,000 miles update
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2019, 02:16:04 PM »
We're finally stringing together some decent weather to add some miles to our SE....
I'll share our experiences in comparison to mr.ford's original posting.

1 - Quick shifter, not an issue anymore as I am now sensing how it works and learned few tricks. First, when I downshift I apply a very small tension on the clutch lever and it almost instantly shifts gear down - excellent for twisties..
For up shifts I rarely use QS.

I'm still trying to adjust to it myself.  Seems like 4200rpm's is the sweet spot for the QS..   I still like the old fashioned way..

2 - Wind protection: After I installed MRA Bolt On wind reflector the buffeting is gone (I am a tall guy and original screen was not working at speeds over 60mph)

We're pretty happy with the screen situation.  We can now hold near normal conversations with our SENA 10's.

3 - Fuel consumption is amazing! It outperforms Vstrom 1000 that my friend rides. On long trips I manage to get 5L per 100km.
Same here.  We appear to be getting 50mpg.  The guage is a bit wonky though.  Goes thru the bars sort of inconsistantely?  When getting low on fuel, the fuel light will start flashing and you will then see "range" with a mileage count down.  I refueled after the "range" mileage disappeared and found that I still had a gallon and a half left in the tank.   250 miles sounds doable.   

4 - Carrying staff: wow, yesterday I was leaning 35 degrees in a sharp turn going 60mph with side bags, central case and a 70L duffel bag full of camping gear.. My previous bike, Vstrom 650, even with half the load was already showing reduced maneuverability...

For our first 1500 miles, we've not loaded the bike down with what we would normally take on a trip.  We're hoping that test will be happening very soon.  We need to do an overnighter through the mountains to see how the suspension handles the extra weight.

5 - Vibration through the seat at 6,000rpm is almost gone. I stopped noticing it. maybe it is partially due to Motul 7100 oil...
Vibes aren't too bad...compared to what we're used to.   Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 and the now gone aprilia Capo 12.   The SE feels so smooth!

Issues:
1 - Left heated grip had to be replaced
2 - My rear indicators and a licence plate light are very loose. My buddy noticed it last month and told me that it vibrates a lot when I ride. I went to the dealer. They acknowledged the problem but could not fix it... Kawasaki Canada is looking in to it. Could be related to how they had to manually replace LED turning signals with 100 year old light bulb...
I noticed that our rear blinker stalks seem to be a little loose also.  The rest of the assembly looks fine, just the indicator stalks are a little loose.  I'm going to look further into it when we get the SHAD top case mounting system finished.  For now, I' have a round of black stretch tape over the connecting point.  I'll either try to split the assembly and tighten the fasteners, or get the shop to tighten on our 3800 mile service.

3 - Fuel indicator shows full tank for the first 100 miles. Then it will loose bars in no time... So basically I had to adjust to it.
I've never had a bike with a consistent fuel gauge!!!  arrrgggghhh!!!

4 - Original T31 tires only last for 5,000 miles. But, they grip really well!
It'll be interesting to see how the rubber lasts on this bike.   I have a feeling she's going to get a lot of miles!   :123A:

Overall, I am very happy owner!  :biker1:
Same here.
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Re: 2019 Versys 1,000 SE: 5,000 miles update
« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2019, 03:16:39 PM »
I'm noting a lot of the same things.

The rear turn signals, it seems like there is a foam or rubber bushing missing between the stalks and the parts that they attach to.

When I switched to synthetic oil, I noticed the shifting got a lot smoother. I don't know if it was due more to the synthetic oil or break-in being complete.

The fuel gauge is a real let-down. I don't know why they won't fix this. All they have to do is link it to the range calculation, which self-adjusts based on riding habits. The shame of it is having to use a trip meter for an accurate account of how much gas is left. It'd be nice to actually have two free trip meters, like we've had to do since the 70s.

For the seat vibration, is it possible that is linked to loose cowling screws? I just tightened mine up. Almost every one of the cowling screws were on the loose side. Not even close to snug.
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Re: 2019 Versys 1,000 SE: 5,000 miles update
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2019, 03:28:53 PM »
Same here on the cowling fasteners.   All fairly loose.  I snugged them all up without cranking down on them too hard.  Wasn't quite sure what the backside looked like.  All other fasteners were good.
I'm not quite sure what the fuel gauge deal is with every bike I've owned!   I'll let the V get down to the flashing fuel light, then let it go through the "range" remaining.  THEN...it's a conservative 50 miles left in the tank.

Maybe Kawasaki will put out a ECU software update at some point?

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Re: 2019 Versys 1,000 SE: 5,000 miles update
« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2019, 01:48:56 AM »
rdbandkab and Smaug,

Thank you for your feedback. Yes, I also noticed that cowling fasteners were loose when I tried to replace a fuse... Maybe it is according to the spec?

 



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