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Versys 1000 => Mods and Appearance => Topic started by: KevinRLI on February 12, 2018, 07:35:28 PM

Title: Suggestions on mods
Post by: KevinRLI on February 12, 2018, 07:35:28 PM
Ill be buying a 2016 Versys 1000 in the coming month, there is a few mods i need some help on finding and what to stay away from. First on the list is a rear fender eliminator. I only found two but some of the reviews are very negative, what have you guys used on your V1k? Also looking to get a new tail light with integrated turn signals if possible. Anyone know of any. Thats on the top of my list of mods, ill have more to come. any other suggested mods i should look into? thanks!
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: TYKE on February 12, 2018, 08:51:42 PM
Welcome along to this great forum,  this is the best place to ask questions and hopefully get informed answers.

I would recommend that you get a radiator guard and/or front fender extender.

Screens, are another area that are a common area for improvement
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: Floydsz1 on February 12, 2018, 09:22:52 PM
+1 for the rad guard and fender extender,  don't buy the genuine Kawasaki heated grips,.
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: BikerMan on February 12, 2018, 10:58:18 PM
*Originally Posted by Floydsz1 [+]
+1 for the rad guard and fender extender,  don't buy the genuine Kawasaki heated grips,.

Hi Floydsz1, can you elaborate. What, in your opinion, is wrong with the genuine Kawasaki heated grips please?  :187:
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: Crosshairs on February 12, 2018, 11:51:25 PM
You may want to skip the fender eliminator if you plan on riding in any type of wet weather....as far as the Kawasaki heated grips, there are better options for less money. Oxford or Koso for example..I have the Koso and love them because the controller is integrated into the left grip......many here have the Oxford and love them..but whichever you prefer, both are cheaper than the Kawasaki grips.
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: weljo2001 on February 13, 2018, 12:09:11 AM
Heres some what I've done to mine...https://www.versys1000.com/index.php/topic,16490.0.html
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: KevinRLI on February 13, 2018, 08:01:38 AM
*Originally Posted by Crosshairs [+]
You may want to skip the fender eliminator if you plan on riding in any type of wet weather....as far as the Kawasaki heated grips, there are better options for less money. Oxford or Koso for example..I have the Koso and love them because the controller is integrated into the left grip......many here have the Oxford and love them..but whichever you prefer, both are cheaper than the Kawasaki grips.

Currently my dad has electric gear and hes able to ride down to 0 even though he has heated grips, I have a pair of oxford heated grips on atm but i may just get a pair of heated gloves or the inserts. With the fender eliminator i can't stand the look of them on a bike.
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: KevinRLI on February 13, 2018, 08:03:11 AM
*Originally Posted by weljo2001 [+]
Heres some what I've done to mine...https://www.versys1000.com/index.php/topic,16490.0.html

Yeah i saw your tank grip! I don't think my girlfriend would like that very much though. Have you dont anything to your rear brake light or indicators? does anyone even make integrated indicators with the brakes?
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: weljo2001 on February 13, 2018, 04:01:25 PM
*Originally Posted by KevinRLI [+]
Yeah i saw your tank grip! I don't think my girlfriend would like that very much though. Have you dont anything to your rear brake light or indicators? does anyone even make integrated indicators with the brakes?


In that same thread i posted i added an Admore Light Bar along with an Admore Topcase Light Kit...https://admorelighting.com/product/admore-smt-light-bar-large/
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: TYKE on February 13, 2018, 07:18:04 PM
Some pictures here which may help you  :002: 

https://www.versys1000.com/index.php/topic,18514.0.html   
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: Vespista1960 on February 14, 2018, 09:16:38 AM
Most important improvement, if you use to ride in the dark, are the fog lights to help the ridiculous headlights, which are the only serious defect of BigV.
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: TYKE on February 14, 2018, 04:12:29 PM
*Originally Posted by Vespista1960 [+]
Most important improvement, if you use to ride in the dark, are the fog lights to help the ridiculous headlights, which are the only serious defect of BigV.

I suppose that extra lighting should improve your visibility on the road as far as other road users are concerned, however some drivers wouldn't see you if your bike was dressed up like a 1960s 'mods' scooter  :008:   
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: 100milesaway on February 14, 2018, 10:05:28 PM
*Originally Posted by TYKE [+]
I suppose that extra lighting should improve your visibility on the road as far as other road users are concerned, however some drivers wouldn't see you if your bike was dressed up like a 1960s 'mods' scooter  :008:
So true Rog. All the extra lights, and wearing all the fluorescent kit in the world is useless if the gormless buggers are not actually looking.
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: KevinRLI on February 14, 2018, 10:35:32 PM
*Originally Posted by Vespista1960 [+]
Most important improvement, if you use to ride in the dark, are the fog lights to help the ridiculous headlights, which are the only serious defect of BigV.

Are the stock lights that bad? is there any LED lights that replace the stock ones. Ive seen plenty of aux lights, curious
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: Oldplodder on February 14, 2018, 11:07:16 PM
I am on stock lights on my Mk1 and they are 'adequate' for my night riding which I do about 6 times a months (deep darkness and not twilight) a probable total of 200 miles (ish)
If I was to be doing more night riding I may consider upgrading to brighter bulbs.

Dave T
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: Vespista1960 on February 15, 2018, 07:36:35 AM
I was referring to Mk2 and to the need to see, not to be seen.
Yes, in my opinion Mk2 stock headlights are that bad. Ride on a twisties road in the dark together with an RT and you'll learn what the true envy is.
There are many topics here on bulbs replacement and lights and different opinions. My suggestion is to install oem fog lights (made by PIAA, expensive but good).
Just don't exceed with 'mods' mods... :008:
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: Paul_Smith on February 15, 2018, 01:26:38 PM
*Originally Posted by TYKE [+]
I suppose that extra lighting should improve your visibility on the road as far as other road users are concerned, however some drivers wouldn't see you if your bike was dressed up like a 1960s 'mods' scooter  :008:
While true, that shouldn't stop you from at least trying to improve your visibility.
The single best safety mods, in my opinion, are fitting LED headlights, LED sidelights and LED fog lights.
For comfort, Consider re-upholstering and reshaping the seat, Fitting a Puig screen and barkbusters will increase you r comfortable range by quite a bit.
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: TYKE on February 15, 2018, 03:03:32 PM
*Originally Posted by Paul_Smith [+]
While true, that shouldn't stop you from at least trying to improve your visibility.
The single best safety mods, in my opinion, are fitting LED headlights, LED sidelights and LED fog lights.
For comfort, Consider re-upholstering and reshaping the seat, Fitting a Puig screen and barkbusters will increase you r comfortable range by quite a bit.


I already have LED fog lights fitted  :028:   
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: Keener on February 15, 2018, 05:47:46 PM
VISIBILITY
I have fitted to the panniers a 3m product 983-32 its basically a highly reflective safety tape comes in red and white  , you can cut it to any size or shape you require ..comes 2 inch wide
so on the panniers  for example I cut some 1 inch wide 5inch long strips and applied them ,on the front of the bike you could apply just the white part of the tape  in smaller strips  on to the fairing below the headlights ..
even in the daylight when the sun/bright lite.. catches the reflective tape the effect is impressive ..at night in the headlights of other vehicles.. the front and rear light reflection  is Dramatic ..
I also have put a strip on the back of my truck ...

https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Diamond-Grade-Conspicuity-Marking-Roll-983-32-PN67636-Red-White-2-in-x-18-in-cuts-2-in-x-50-yd-1-per-box/?N=5002385+3294778835&rt=rud


you can buy lower cost tapes as well......just search reflective tapes 
 
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: Sonny on February 15, 2018, 08:26:20 PM
I use the 3M tape on my bikes. Every little bit of viz helps at night.  :028:
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: TYKE on February 15, 2018, 09:05:42 PM
Good idea, maybe simple, but very effective nonetheless    :002:   

Was just thinking. ....I  can't remember the last time I rode at night   :notsure:   
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: Sonny on February 15, 2018, 11:23:35 PM
 :7:
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: fasteddie on February 16, 2018, 12:21:34 AM
How are you planning on using the bike the most?  Commuting touring and what type of roads are you planning on?  City roads or country roads - straights or curves?  My favorite mod has been led headlights and the skeene headlight converter for the left one to stay on. Second is the hilltop ecu flash and decat combination. My windscreen has been removed and I run a stubby screen that I made myself.
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: stlee29 on February 16, 2018, 01:44:59 AM
There are many mods that can be done. Feel more importantly it improves your ride to your liking. Thinks suspension and seating are one of those on the top (MK1)

https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/10-cheap-tweaks-your-motorcycle
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: Vespista1960 on February 16, 2018, 09:25:41 AM
*Originally Posted by Sonny [+]
:7:
The best suggestion ever. Safety first of all... :031:
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: KevinRLI on March 04, 2018, 05:10:27 AM
*Originally Posted by Paul_Smith [+]
While true, that shouldn't stop you from at least trying to improve your visibility.
The single best safety mods, in my opinion, are fitting LED headlights, LED sidelights and LED fog lights.
For comfort, Consider re-upholstering and reshaping the seat, Fitting a Puig screen and barkbusters will increase you r comfortable range by quite a bit.

Had the barkbusters on my 650! Amazing little things
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: KevinRLI on March 04, 2018, 05:13:19 AM
*Originally Posted by fasteddie [+]
How are you planning on using the bike the most?  Commuting touring and what type of roads are you planning on?  City roads or country roads - straights or curves?  My favorite mod has been led headlights and the skeene headlight converter for the left one to stay on. Second is the hilltop ecu flash and decat combination. My windscreen has been removed and I run a stubby screen that I made myself.

I live 45min outside New york City. So not very curvy roads... mostly commuting with touring 2nd. Maining wanting to change all the lighting. Get rid of the stock license plate fender thing(I hate it) and a little slip on for starters. The stock exhaust sounds like a scooter. I can't tell its running when im at a red light
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: TallyRex on March 04, 2018, 10:40:09 AM
The sound of the exhaust is limited by the de-cat. A slip-on won't help much.
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: Crosshairs on March 04, 2018, 01:01:59 PM
*Originally Posted by KevinRLI [+]
Currently my dad has electric gear and hes able to ride down to 0 even though he has heated grips, I have a pair of oxford heated grips on atm but i may just get a pair of heated gloves or the inserts. With the fender eliminator i can't stand the look of them on a bike.

I get it..looks are important, and the rear fender on this bike is a sort of an ugly duckling. but I do multi day long distance rides, and having water spraying off the rear wheel and up my back is worse than looking at the fender.. :biker1:

its actually the first bike I left the stock fender intact on..maybe I'm Just getting old.... :001:
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: tall-mike on March 04, 2018, 02:17:54 PM
Change your front counter sprocket up one tooth to 16, install a kaoke throttle lock and cruise away.
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: KevinRLI on March 05, 2018, 04:41:40 PM
*Originally Posted by Crosshairs [+]
I get it..looks are important, and the rear fender on this bike is a sort of an ugly duckling. but I do multi day long distance rides, and having water spraying off the rear wheel and up my back is worse than looking at the fender.. :biker1:

its actually the first bike I left the stock fender intact on..maybe I'm Just getting old.... :001:
Ive rode in the rain on my versys650 with no fender and never had an issue with getting anything on me... is it just me?
Title: Re: Suggestions on mods
Post by: Crosshairs on March 05, 2018, 05:10:43 PM
*Originally Posted by KevinRLI [+]
Ive rode in the rain on my versys650 with no fender and never had an issue with getting anything on me... is it just me?
I dont know.. is it?
Im not telling you what to do, Im just giving you my experience. if you want to take the fender off, have at it.