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2009 Versys Adventure

Joined
May 5, 2007
Messages
638
Location
San Antonio
#1
I built this bike after watching builds on AdvRider and took my notes from JDRocks gravel runner build thread. Has all the stock body work. These bikes are fun to ride, smooth and comfortable going down gravel roads and it will run the highway. It is a great gravel road bike.
The bike Kawasaki should have built.

$4500.00

Price drop

$4000.00

Price drop 10/1/2018


$3500.00


Possible trades: Kendon bike trailer & cash or
WR250R


Dropped twice, once by previous owner going around a corner and hit gravel at maybe 5 mph, see picture of right side. I dropped it on left side turning around on a sand road barely moving, no damage. I bent the front wheel in Colorado last year, not bad, but does have a slow leak, leaks down to 10 lbs from 35 in about 2 weeks.

Clean and clear title in my name.
6116 miles.
Stock exhaust, motor and air filter. I do have 2 new Uni pod filters, not installed.
Runs and rides great and ready to ride.
DRZ 400 fully adjustable forks. 8" travel apx
I used 2 sets of forks to have 2 brake caliper forks for dual disk brakes.
R1 adjustible rear shock with a different spring. 6 3/4" travel
DL1000 front wheel with new Kinda big block.
SV650rear wheel with a Shinko E-805 2500 miles apx.
Custom DOT SS brake lines. Black coated.
Shaved the seat down a little to offset the forward slide and to lower seat height, 33 1/2”.
Cut down Ninja 650R front fender.
Custom Polycarbonate (Lexan) windshield, works well and will not break.
Protaper ATV Hi SE handle bars.
2” Rox Risers.
Ram ball and wired for GPS.
Trackside hand guards.
Cortech soft saddle bags with custom guards.
Moto Centric tail bag.
Nelson Rigg tank bag.
SW Motech steel tail rack.
SW-Motech skid plate.
SW-Motech crash bars.
16/46 Sprockets installed. This opens up the gears a little and works great. Stock is 15/46

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638
Location
San Antonio
#6
This is a great little bike that you would be amazed with how it handles on and off pavement.

My goal is to get down to 1 bike.
Have not posted, but my 96 R1100GS is for sale since I now have a new to me 12 R1200GS Rallye.
 
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May 5, 2007
Messages
638
Location
San Antonio
#8
If I was in the market to replace my Strom that would be on the short list. Nice bike.
Thanks.

Until you ride one of these conversions you just don't get it. With the DRZ forks and 19" front wheel and the R1 shock totally transform it. It is amazing how well it handles gravel/dirt roads and pavement with the punchy parallel twin motor and you will wonder why Kawasaki didn't build it.
 
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mitchntx

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Location
Granbury
#9
I'm curious ... how well documented are the changes you've made from other platforms?
down the road, if I need fork seals or rear shock bushings ... from what year/model do I order?
 
Joined
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Messages
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Location
San Antonio
#10
I'm curious ... how well documented are the changes you've made from other platforms?
down the road, if I need fork seals or rear shock bushings ... from what year/model do I order?

Stock DRZ400 forks, the good ones that are fully adjustable.
Stock R-1 shock, I have a extra shock.
Stock DL-1000 front wheel.
Stock SV-650 rear wheel.

I built this bike off of JDrocks build thread on ADVrider:

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/v649hp-kawasakis-new-gravel-runner.644390/

When I built this bike and I wanted to keep it as stock looking as possible, all body work remains
I took all my notes from this very well documented thread. I think he is building his 5 bike now. Before I built this bike I had a chance to check out his bike in person and I was amazed. I have no regrets with this bike. I followed his builds and others for several years. It is not a slapped together piece of trash!

Even thou it is a modified motorcycle everything is bolt on except for:

1. one SV-650 wheel spacer on the rear wheel that I had to cut down to
make the chain align.
2. front brake lines.
3. I made the simple saddle bag stand offs.
 
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Joined
Oct 23, 2014
Messages
187
Location
Fort Worth, TX
#16
You can easily weigh it at home. All you need is a bath scale. Weigh the front wheel, then back wheel, and add it up. You just have to hold it vertical when you take the reading, don't let it sit on side stand while reading the weight. Easy peasy
 
Joined
Dec 2, 2006
Messages
76
Location
Garland, Texas
#29
I really like the description of this bike. I've got a KLX400R (green DRZ400E) that I'm going to put up for trade/sale and the Versys is on my trade/buy list. Your converted bike is one I'm really going to consider if it's still around. But, it'll be at least 3-4 weeks before I can round up all my greenE stuff and get it ready to sale/trade as some is still out of town. Yours will prolly be gone by then but I'll keep checking.

Ron
 
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Messages
638
Location
San Antonio
#30
A year or so ago I would have been interested in your KLX400R on a trade, but I don't plan on riding any single track anymore. Your KLX is a great little bike, wish I was interested in a trade.

I have had it listed here since May, at this rate I will still have it so come check it out.

Thanks Ron.
 
Joined
Dec 2, 2006
Messages
76
Location
Garland, Texas
#31
Yeah, I'm through with ST. Last time out I was so bonked I managed to catch a big rock with my left knee, went off the trail and dangled way longer than I wanted before my nephew noticed I was no longer behind him. Wouldn't have been a bad situation but my right leg was trapped under the bike and there was no terra firma to get my left foot onto so I could lift up. No place to go. Got to thinking that if I'd been alone I might have ended up as bear food that night. Anyway, I'll stick with roads of all types now. Almost 76 is too old to be doing that to myself.

Meanwhile, I'll be reading the JDRocks build thread to find out more about this conversion.

ron
 
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Messages
638
Location
San Antonio
#32
Yeah, I'm through with ST. Last time out I was so bonked I managed to catch a big rock with my left knee, went off the trail and dangled way longer than I wanted before my nephew noticed I was no longer behind him. Wouldn't have been a bad situation but my right leg was trapped under the bike and there was no terra firma to get my left foot onto so I could lift up. No place to go. Got to thinking that if I'd been alone I might have ended up as bear food that night. Anyway, I'll stick with roads of all types now. Almost 76 is too old to be doing that to myself.

Meanwhile, I'll be reading the JDRocks build thread to find out more about this conversion.

ron
JDRocks was my main source when I was building this bike as he gives detailed info of what he has done to his builds. Great guy too.
I ride alone so much that I ride roads of all types too. This bikes handles them all with no problems.
 
Joined
May 5, 2007
Messages
638
Location
San Antonio
#33
Here I sit all broken hearted
Trying to sell the Versys
It hasn't been seen or started

The right person will someday be delighted
As they ride off on their Versys
All happy and excited

So don't be broken hearted
When you had the chance to ride
But you sat there and only ******

So get off your tail
Bring me cash
It's ready to take you for a dash
 

Jeff S

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Feb 21, 2011
Messages
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Location
Austin
#39
I can't believe this AdVersys hasn't sold. Only 6k miles? Fork, and rear shock upgrades AND 19" front wheel? Amazing value.
 

StromXTc

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Dec 29, 2017
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George West
#42
Heck, I don't even know why your selling it. You need to take it out to pipe creek and ride with us this month.
 
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Joined
Jan 10, 2008
Messages
235
Location
Plano
#49
If this is still available once I sell my KTM, you will have a buyer. I need a commuter replacement for my beautiful Aprilia Tuono paperweight and a Versys Adventure would be a good compromise between a sport bike and supermoto since I'll have to go from 2 to 1 bike.
 
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