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 on: June 25, 2017, 10:00:04 PM 
Started by Dan - Last post by Dan
I can see why you enjoy adding things to your bikes, Greg.  It's really nice that there are so many interesting and useful options available for the Versys... and some that are not so useful but just look cool.  I've been thinking about a Sargent seat for quite some time, I will know more after my first long trip.

 on: June 25, 2017, 09:33:00 PM 
Started by wyd - Last post by wyd
I went to a dealer to look at a really nice 09 Yamaha Zuma 125 but when I got to the dealer it had sold the day before.  The guy I was talking with with said we have these Kymco Super 8 150x scooters that are very similiar to the Zuma 125 and its on $300 more than the used Zuma I was their to look at.  I did take a look at it and I have to say I like pretty much everything about it except I'm just not too familiar with Kymco products as I been a Yamaha guy for 32 years.

I do like the digital gauge display, the wider more motor cross  style handle bars, the overall styling and the seat that turns into a back rest if not taking a passenger along.  It seems to be a nice built scooter and would do the same thing I would be asking a Zuma 125 to do which is just to run around the small towns in my area without having to take the car or pull out my Majesty 400 on such short rides.  Be great for errands and just overall smaller size to so easy to to get out and ride.

Going to a dealer on Monday to see if they stock any as I have a work appointment very close by so why not check it out.  If not I might go to that father dealer and take him up on his offer to take one for a ride and check it out.

 on: June 25, 2017, 05:40:20 PM 
Started by Greg - Last post by Greg
GREAT PHOTOS.  I love everything Alaska.  esp its wildlife and fauna, and of course, its topography.

Thanks.  Yeah, me, too.

 on: June 25, 2017, 05:39:17 PM 
Started by Dan - Last post by Greg
I always enjoyed farkling my bikes, especially if it involved items that contributed to convenience or function.  I have to admit that about the first thing I did was replace the stock seat with a Russell Daylong Saddle, although I did put a Sargent seat on a Vstrom and a Mustang seat on my Kawasaki Nomad 1700.  Sometimes I manufactured my own little farkles, like mounts for the XM radio on the ST1300.  SW Motech makes good stuff.  Like you said, not cheap, but good quality.  You do pay for good quality.  Don't stop the farkling, Dan.

 on: June 25, 2017, 04:52:48 PM 
Started by Blacktruck - Last post by alloo
From a large scooter to a mid size scooter perspective. I miss the power of a twin on occasion, however I do also miss the lightness of a 300cc scooter also. I'm in the dilema now of wanting a larger scooter and wanting a smaller scooter as a back up. My choices are TMAX and Forza.

 on: June 25, 2017, 02:50:08 PM 
Started by Dan - Last post by Dan
Before I even bought my Versys I was looking at ways to modify the bike.  I did the same with my Ninja 650 but it seemed most mods aimed at it were for appearance rather than usefulness or touring.  Other than my gps mount, tank pad and rear spools I added nothing to the Ninja for four years.

For the Versys I've got a list as long as my arm of things I wish to add.  Yesterday I started with two simple additions.  The first was replacing the "meep" of the OEM horn with a Mini Denali Soundbomb airhorn.  This is so easy to swap out, it's about one step harder than changing a light bulb.  This particular horn is meant as simple swap, there are no relays or any addition wiring, plug and play.

da Bomb!

OEM horn.  It's heavier than it looks.

The back of the horn is connected by one bolt and two wires.

Just slide the rubber boots off the connectors and slip off the wires.

Reattach.  Seriously simple.  I used the OEM bracket and bolt because they are black.  The Denali bracket and bolt were silver and would have been an eyesore.

It's not a super loud airhorn but it is much deeper and more robust than stock, substantially so.  I think it's kind of large visually which I don't care for but it does the job quite well.  Cheap and easy upgrade, plus it says made in Italy right in the front, my dreams of a Multistrada are teased a little.

Next I added my gps mount with a new over the clocks version from SW Motech.  This wasn't cheap, nothing from SW Motech is cheap but it's really nice quality and matches up to the bike like it was OEM.  It's a fiddly thing to put together and I worked on it off an on all day.  Most of my issues stemmed from not having another pair of hands, also I thought they shipped me a box with a piece missing.  Turns out the pieces were attached at the factory but they are listed separate on the parts list.  I spent about a half hour searching my house for the "missing" piece as I opened the box the night before and thought I had misplaced it.

The main brackets attach to the windscreen frame.  Would have been easier to attach had I removed the windscreen.

The crossbar holds the GPS.  That small piece of plastic on top of the crossbar is the part I was searching for.  It slides into the gps mount and locks it into place to the crossbar.

The gps all mounted up.  You can just see the side of the pivoting mount that let's you adjust the angle of the gps.  Everything was really fussy to assemble.

Overall I like the new mount but because of the size of my gps cradle it sits a bit low over the tach.  I can see most of the tach but the very top is obscured.  Also at low revs the gps bounces quite a bit, not an issue at any steady speed but around town acceleration makes the viewing quite distorted.

Next up are heated grips and a DC plug.

 on: June 25, 2017, 01:23:44 AM 
Started by Expat47 - Last post by captainfish
nom nom nom nom nom nom

 on: June 25, 2017, 01:20:05 AM 
Started by Greg - Last post by captainfish
GREAT PHOTOS.  I love everything Alaska.  esp its wildlife and fauna, and of course, its topography.

 on: June 25, 2017, 01:14:40 AM 
Started by E.D. - Last post by captainfish
Hello E.D. from another long-time BUSA member.

 on: June 24, 2017, 11:47:52 PM 
Started by captainfish - Last post by captainfish
yeah, I saw that. That was incredible.  And thanks for your other suggestions. 
However, what I ended up purchasing was a "Blind Bearing Puller - 9 piece set".  It has a expandable piece that goes in to the inner race of the bearing , and then a slide hammer is used to bang it out by pulling on it.  Worked great on the main bearing in the Rear Gear Cover.  Had to invert the cover and the slide hammer to pound, in a downward motion, while the Gear Cover was supported up off the floor by 2 foot long 2x4s. So, it was kind of like milking a cow.  (cough).  Now to wait till the parts come in.

Replaced the bearing on the swing-arm.  Taught the kid some valuable life lessons.  Don't hit your finger!!

My next issue is with the bearing that is used for the "driveshaft".  See the screen cap of the "transmission" gears and bearings. Driveshaft is #3 and has a bearing #10.  The driveshaft plopped out of the Final Gear Cover (seen on right side of this image), but the bearing came with it.  I am unable to remove the bearing from the shaft of the driveshaft.  I've pounded on the shaft while 2x4's are on each side of the shaft supporting bearing. So I'm pounding the shaft down through the bearing hoping to get the shaft to slide out. 


If you see the image, the bearing is all the way slid to the left-hand side of the driveshaft up against the finger gears you see.  So, I'm pounding on the smaller end (seen located on right hand side of the driveshaft in image).  But, the dang thing won't budge. 

Guess I could freeze this assembly and then heat up the bearing, while the inside plastic bearing-ball holder melts... hoping that the inner bearing race gets warmed up before the shaft thaws.....  sigh.

Hasn't anybody done this before?  I am surprised that these bearings are going bad with only about 11,000 miles on the bike.

My fear, is that gear #6, the "final gear", which is the shaft that the rear wheel sits on, is also ground down causing the loose wheel play.  $70 isn't cheap.

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