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Offline SpikeyD

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SpikeyD - road & keyboard warrior
« on: Feb 13, 2020, 09:13 AM »
Hi all,

I'm Spikey D - 36, m, work in IT (although married and with a 6mth mini me). Had my 2017 Versys 650 GT from new, a Mutt Mongrel before that and a Yamaha Drag Star 125 a long time ago! Love to have a tinker with all things mechanical (anything to get me away from a computer screen) - but I like learning and building on other people's experiences hence why I've signed up. Also sick of reading "Nice bike!" comments and not being able to see anyone's pictures...

Cheers!

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Re: SpikeyD - road & keyboard warrior
« Reply #1 on: Feb 13, 2020, 10:31 AM »
Good morning, and  :185: to the forum Spikey.

Well you have owned your Versys for long enough to understand that it is a cracking bike.  I hope that you continue to enjoy it.

Sorry but no pictures from me as my computer skills are next to zero.  But the rest of the "team" are way smarter than me so stand bye.   

Enjoy the bike and of course your time here on the forum.    cheers :031:  Geoff.  :002:
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Offline SpikeyD

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Re: SpikeyD - road & keyboard warrior
« Reply #2 on: Feb 13, 2020, 01:14 PM »
Thanks Geoff - Yeah, I used to commute daily on it and racked up 14k in the first 18 months. It was in for a service every other week to start with!  :008: However, it is an amazing bike especially with some Michelin Road Pilot 4 tyres - sticks to the road like anything!

Unfortunately, mine has blown over a couple of times this winter. I had a big heavy duty canvas covering it and it just acted like a sail when the wind got underneath it. I had to cut it off to pick the bike up, so I'm not bothering to cover it again. However, the falls have resulted in bent handle bars and a broken foot peg, so my first mission on here is to seek out what people are recommending for replacements and get them ordered ASAP!

Thanks for the welcome!  :031:

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Re: SpikeyD - road & keyboard warrior
« Reply #3 on: Feb 13, 2020, 01:16 PM »
 :185: from the Great north-East of England.  :028:

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Re: SpikeyD - road & keyboard warrior
« Reply #4 on: Feb 13, 2020, 02:37 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Sorry to hear about the bike being used as a kite.

Dave T
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Re: SpikeyD - road & keyboard warrior
« Reply #5 on: Feb 14, 2020, 02:11 AM »
 :185:

Sorry to hear about the fall, it has been very windy around here recently and I was worried about the same thing happening to mine a few days ago.

Hope you get her fixed up soon. And nice to see some pictures when you do!  :028:

I'm not too far from you, Sevenoaks is a nice part of the world and always good to have another Southerner around here!  :152:

Enjoy the bike and ride safe.

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Re: SpikeyD - road & keyboard warrior
« Reply #6 on: Feb 14, 2020, 02:36 AM »
Welcome Spikey D,
Sevenoaks is near where I grew up, I used to lay flat across my petrol tank down Riverhill on a Honda CD180 trying to squeeze out extra mph, think I had it up to nearly a ton before the exhaust fell off.... after that it had a characteristic sound.... different days.
Enjoy the V its a lot easier to have fun on than those old bags of nuts.

Sometimes it takes a winding road to get your head straight.

Offline SpikeyD

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Re: SpikeyD - road & keyboard warrior
« Reply #7 on: Feb 17, 2020, 11:24 AM »
Thanks everyone!

@RunToTheHills - You're a braver man than me!! Hahaha

@Shandy/Adam - I used to live in Bexleyheath near the fire and ambulance station! I don't suppose you know of any parts shops locally? I'm struggling to find anywhere that has more of a range than a single wall display of generic Oxford indicators and rain covers...

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Re: SpikeyD - road & keyboard warrior
« Reply #8 on: Feb 18, 2020, 08:12 AM »
Hey SpikeyD,
guess where I'm from.



Is the footpeg broken or the aluminium plate the footpeg it attached to? Footpeg are easy to obtain either from Kawasaki dealers or ebay. Many other model Kawasaki's fit not only the Versys. If it's the plate (more likely) then Kawasaki dealers are probably your only choice unless you go second hand (ebay, wreckers).
Handlebars can be straightened assuming there is no cracks or creases, or of course buy new or 2nd hand.

Good luck with it.
Garry

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Re: SpikeyD - road & keyboard warrior
« Reply #9 on: Feb 18, 2020, 10:27 AM »
*Originally Posted by SpikeyD [+]
Thanks everyone!

@RunToTheHills - You're a braver man than me!! Hahaha

@Shandy/Adam - I used to live in Bexleyheath near the fire and ambulance station! I don't suppose you know of any parts shops locally? I'm struggling to find anywhere that has more of a range than a single wall display of generic Oxford indicators and rain covers...

I know Bexleyheath very well, small world.

Unfortunatly, i'm not too familular with Sevenoaks in terms of bike shops.

However, I know a few places, depending on what you're looking for. There's J&S accessories in Eltham for all your clothing, helmet and like you say generic Oxford stuff!
https://goo.gl/maps/nprXxcJstnBoL5ZT7

For more specific parts, I go to the main dealer unfortunately.
There's a Kawasaki shop in Rochester which seems reasonable
https://goo.gl/maps/46APgNW8i6EjYnKf7

but I go to Laguna motorcycles in Maidstone.
https://goo.gl/maps/YfDTanz4q6gStCot9

There's a Sondel in Blackfen, there a Yamaha dealer, but I know someone who get's their Z1000SX serviced there.
https://g.page/SondelSport?share
Hahaha, just realized it's called Sondel sport on Google and says it's a water-sports retailer, I've never seen anything other than motorcycles in there and it's a Yamaha top dealer! Might call them and ask for a snorkel  :008:

John Riley motorcycle's in Crayford is a good local independent shop that does parts, sales and servicing. Doesn't look much from the outside but the mechanic knows his stuff and the owner has been there with the shop since the 17th century, probably the last time it was renovated too!
I bought a bike from them back in 2013 and had no issues with it, even replaced the rectifier under warranty for me too! Servicing and parts we're cheap. My next door neighbor goes there regularly still, he commutes daily and I've never seen either of his bikes broken down. I'd go there still, if I didn't have a bike on PCP.
https://goo.gl/maps/9Lj4mZuggaNJq9ka7

Tyres and chains, I use Watling tyres in Swanley. There's a few branches of Watling tyres about, but not all of them do motorcycles. The ones that do are very well priced I find and good service. i'm due to get some Michelin PR4's fitted soon.
https://goo.gl/maps/9tdAH9T8kPYNRxtq8
I've never had one here, but they do MOT's too...

But if you want a errrr...how can I say this... :notsure: motorcycle MOT specialist  :whistle: then look no further than May's in Dartford.
Again the shop has been there since the year 0 and the old boy is very ''knowledgeable'' and will give you a very honest old school MOT test  :016:
https://goo.gl/maps/GJ7WgT5cJqFemdMQ6
But I haven't had to get a bike MOT'd for many years now (I swap every two or three years)

Anything else I get online, usually from Sports Bike Shop https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/

Hope some of that helps.

On another note, If you're thinking of joining the National Versys Meet this year, I'll be riding up and posting route details soon. If you want to join, you're welcome.
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