WRR26: Riding the Kawasaki Versys
This week we hop on the Kawasaki Versys for a quick romp through Rock Hill.
What a great motorcycle! Good handling, comfortable, nice, useable power
- just have to get over the funky looks!
Kawasaki Versys 1000 Test
The Bike Show goes sight-seeing on Kawasaki's latest touring option; The
Versys may not be the prettiest bike, but does it have other tricks up its
Kawasaki Versys installation of Ixil L3X Exhaust
Removal of the factory Exhaust muffler
and replacement with Ixil L3X Dual Hyperflow XL.
This job was made more complex by me having Hepco & Becker crash bars
installed. These bars mount over the side frame covers. To get at the
mounting bolts for the muffler you need to remove the side covers and then
the footpeg mounting plates. This would have been simple had I not had the
crash bars on, but because of them I had to remove the main fairings so I
could remove the engine bars etc etc. It was real pain and added about 1.5
hrs to the job I think.
I spent a lot of time trying to carefully remove the wire reinforced
graphite gasket that goes between the header pipe and the muffler body,
only to discover that it doesn't fit with the new one. The Ixil pipe is
manufactured to fit snugly over the header pipe with no room for a gasket.
Just a good stainless steel clamp.