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Old 30th December 2014, 14:46   #301
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Sriku,

I thought fork sliders and fork protectors were different. My assumption was that fork protectors sit on the fork tubes like covers and protect them from flying debris and dust.

Maybe a noob moment for me
If you're referring to the inner tube covers, those may be useful to keep the forks clean, and perhaps help increase the longevity of the fork seals, but they aren't protectors as far as I am concerned. In fact, sometimes you may not be able to detect a busted seal, because the oil seepage is hidden by the cover, potentially leading to a ruined fork. (all Bullet learnings).
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So life has been going well for the 650 since the last update. She has been consistently doing trackdays and a bit of touring and excelling at both.

For the recent trackday at MMSC, I installed the Short Velocity Intake Stacks and added an Autotune to the PC5. The stacks were courtesy a fellow KNOG Kunal from Mumbai and he swore by the power gains. Additionally I ordered the Taller Velocity Stacks from Blue Ride Performance USA. She also received a brand new set of EBC Extreme Pro front pads a new set of cone set bearings.

For those who dont know, velocity stacks are the tunnels which channel the air into your air filter. The length of the stacks changes the velocity of the air and thus the nature of the power curve of the engine. While most super-sports come with variable geometry stacks which automatically vary their length basis throttle position, the smaller bikes like the 650 come with fixed length ones.
To cut the story short, a set of shorter velocity stacks will give you more power in the top end while the taller ones will increase power in the low rpm range.

Since MMSC is a faster track and uses a lot more top end rpm range, I got the shorter stacks fixed at Auto Service, Bangalore. Boy oh boy !! Has she changed or has she changed !!!
She goes ballistic post 6k rpm now and races towards the redline like no-one's business. I like her this way and this did give her character a lot of advantage at the track.

For a smaller, tighter track like Kari, will go with the taller stacks or maybe a mix of tall and short. Experimentation shall lead to the best engine setting.

I also lowered the front end by 10mm as suggested by fellow bhpian Guru and that has made a massive improvements to her turn-ins. She is now much much more agile than before in switching quick corners and chicanes.

Overall she is a much better track tool now than before and the below video should entertain you.

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Hi,

have been waiting for Versys 650, and in the meanwhile would like to know about the places where we can source accessories for Kawasaki. Do service centers stock, or any specific shops around Bangalore? what are the online options in India? Any reliable online stores abroad which deliver to India? To begin with, i will be looking at basics safety stuff such as engine protectors, frame/fork sliders, bike cover, etc. Would also want to research and explore costs involved on aftermarket exhausts, panniers, knuckle guard, aux lights, etc. any directions on these would be helpful.

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Hi,

have been waiting for Versys 650, and in the meanwhile would like to know about the places where we can source accessories for Kawasaki. Do service centers stock, or any specific shops around Bangalore? what are the online options in India? Any reliable online stores abroad which deliver to India? To begin with, i will be looking at basics safety stuff such as engine protectors, frame/fork sliders, bike cover, etc. Would also want to research and explore costs involved on aftermarket exhausts, panniers, knuckle guard, aux lights, etc. any directions on these would be helpful.

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Retailers like Performance Racing Store, mumbai stock after market parts for most bikes. Service centers for Kawasaki dont stock accessories as far as I know. In Bangalore, stores like X-Torque stock few accessories for some brands.
You can order online but be ready to pay shipping and customs duty to get it shipped to India. Websites like Revzilla, motoin.de, fc-moto.de, ninja650shop, blue ridge performance etc are places I have purchased from in the past for my bike.
For all the parts on my bike and their details go through the previous posts in this thread.

End of the day, when there is no clarity, Google shall be your best friend !

Cheers

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Thanks! Booked the versys! At launch they have mentioned about selling the panniers separately, so that takes care of one of the accessories. I work at a sheet metal manufacturing setup, so some of the stuff like sump guard, etc, i can DIY (sharing a pic of something i made for my 390, works great). Browsing through the thread to get idea on other stuff.
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Thanks! Booked the versys! At launch they have mentioned about selling the panniers separately, so that takes care of one of the accessories. I work at a sheet metal manufacturing setup, so some of the stuff like sump guard, etc, i can DIY (sharing a pic of something i made for my 390, works great). Browsing through the thread to get idea on other stuff.
Lovely. If we can DIY the side panniers, rack and top box, nothing like it.
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Facing an issue with my Scorpion Serket Taper exhaust.

As can be seen from the pics below, the exhaust has worn itself out on the muffler towards the inner side. This part also holds the mount that binds the muffler to the footpeg mount and incase this collapses then the muffler will basically hang free. Not a very pleasant thought.

Have written to Scorpion UK but they are avoiding help and are asking me to get intouch with the retailer (Regina Specialities, Singapore). The retailer on the other hand is asking me to contact the company since this type of wear and tear apparently isnt covered under warranty. Sort of fedup of this blame game between the two because none of them is offering a solution.

Due to this tear, the exhaust throws warm air on the inside of my left leg while riding (tandoori legs anyone?). This also causes the Dynojet map to go off the readings and the bike heats up a bit more in traffic now.

Needless to say she sounds like an autorickshaw with indigestion with the torn exhaust.

Anyways, a friend who runs a fibreglass and carbon fibre factory in Bangalore has offered to re-wrap the muffler with carbon fibre sheet for me. So have to get the stock exhaust back on and put Autotune again so that PC5 doesnt go bonkers until I can get the Scorpion repaired.

Headache !

Lesson learnt - Stick to Akrapovic when buying an exhaust. You pay more but atleast you dont have to suffer crap quality like this although another friend running the Scorpion on his 650 hasnt suffered this damage. What is appalling is the way neither the manufacturer nor the reseller are willing to help.
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How old is the exhaust Varun?
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How old is the exhaust Varun?
got it around aug 2013
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Have you ever repacked the inside of the exhaust? I have been told that you need to repack the inside once in two years, else the heat will corrode the cannister....
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Have you ever repacked the inside of the exhaust? I have been told that you need to repack the inside once in two years, else the heat will corrode the cannister....
The Scorpion comes with a lifetime warranty on the packing and the claim that you dont have to repack it EVER. In any case the packing looks ok inside. I am still curious on what could have caused the tear considering there is nothing in contact with the muffler in that area. Maybe it IS the packing. God damn the brits !!
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So I have started taking the 650 every Friday to work and the stock exhaust though boring as hell does have its advantages in terms of low end torque and the no-nonsense exhaust note which doesnt get you in trouble with the cops.

The Pilot Road 3s finally gave up after 18,000 kms of hard use and have been replaced in the meantime by the Metz M5s. But boy do i miss the comfort of the PR3s. Will replace the M5s eventually with another set of PR3 or PR4. Lovely tyres those for sport touring I tell you.
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Pulsar from Mon to Thu, 650 on Fri and 10R on weekends!! Lovely....
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Pulsar from Mon to Thu, 650 on Fri and 10R on weekends!! Lovely....
hahaha thanks dude. Still jealous of your Pajero though
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So I have started taking the 650 every Friday to work and the stock exhaust though boring as hell does have its advantages in terms of low end torque and the no-nonsense exhaust note which doesnt get you in trouble with the cops.

The Pilot Road 3s finally gave up after 18,000 kms of hard use and have been replaced in the meantime by the Metz M5s. But boy do i miss the comfort of the PR3s. Will replace the M5s eventually with another set of PR3 or PR4. Lovely tyres those for sport touring I tell you.
Very much surprising to see PR3 lasting for 18000 Kms. Is PR4 available in India ? While few guys are very happy with Angel GT, is that not in your choice list ?
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