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webBikeWorld 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 Center Stand Review

Discussion in 'Motorcycling News' started by NetriderBot, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. SW-Motech comes to the rescue once again, with a solid center stand offering for the new 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 (the LT in this case).

    The kit is complete (always the case with SW-Motech in our experience) and the hardware is better quality than Kawasaki OE.

    You'll have to study the instructions carefully however and be sure to lay out all the hardware and tools first, then do a dry run through the procedure.

    Installation is a bit of a paradox; it looks complicated and sort of is, but once you finish, it seems relatively easy.

    A motorcycle owner with basic mechanical skills and tools should be able to work through it with the help of a coupla cups of Peet's House Blend and the same in hours.

    If you can't change your own oil and filter or don't know how to bleed the brakes or install a set of lights -- those sort of skills -- then don't try this at home.

    The only real issue is growing a third hand to help hold the parts while you bolt 'em down. Of course, you can always bribe a friend to help.

    And we even have a cheap trick to getting those Godzilla-strength return springs in place.

    The one (rare) SW-Motech mis-step is that the center stand foot pad interferes slightly with the side stand during deployment. It's not a biggie but it's surprising they weren't able to figure this out a little better.

    And don't worry about having to cut part of the Versys' plastic for clearance on the center stand.

    Although the instructions call for that and it's scared away a few potential owners, we found that it's not necessary at all and left us wondering why SW-Motech even recommends it.

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