Tag Archive 2009 Kawasaki Versys KLE650

The Versys has new shoes

I put a new rear tire onto the Versys over the weekend as the old tire was bald at 14, 000 km, much of which was comprised of two return trips to Ontario.

Let’s hope I can get another 14k off of this one.


2016 Cape Traverse PE Revisited

I hadn’t thrown my leg over the Versys since I finished my 4000km trip to Ontario last thursday, and with the added weight of my camping gear and touring luggage removed, I felt like a noob on this machine as I rolled it out of the garage, and down the driveway out to the main road, ostensibly to grab a coffee at Tim Horton’s in Borden-Carleton, then the notion hit to ride the coast line along Route 10 through Cape Traverse and beyond, stopping at Harvey’s General Store in Crapaud and home. I’d also thought to try a new Android App called ‘ESR‘ short for ‘Eat Sleep Ride‘ which I’d installed on my phone over the weekend. It records your track, which you can then post to ESR as a ride. Sort of a social media and ‘Best biking roads’ for motorcyclists. While I think it’s still in it’s infancy and not quite fully fledged, the devs responded quickly to a comment regarding in-app notifications and GPX logging, so I’m sure there will be more development in future.I’m @rottenronnie in the app, so feel free to follow or message me.

Campbell’s Way opposite Cape Traverse Landing

With the rear tire pretty much bald, I resolved to take it easy, and ensured that there was Zero chance of rain in the afternoon’s forecast, and off I went.

Kinkora PE thru Cape Traverse PE to Kelly’s Cross PE

The coffee went down well, and the 24/7 Esso & Tim Horton’s was seeing quite a few two wheeled visitors to the island. I suspect many day trippers from the Digby Wharf Rat rally in Nova Scotia that was running this long weekend, had the island as a destination for there were a number of people just off the bridge topping off their tanks this side of New Brunswick and bound for the interior.

Confederation Bridge as seen from Cape Traverse Landing

I found I was stopping and making u-turns for ‘the shot’, which is my usual riding mode. I had a great time, and hope you enjoy the pictures.

You can see more of Cape Traverse PE in this blog post.


They were desperate to get to the main land I suppose. To think of those conditions though, crossing the ice in the middle of winter… Scary.
Cape Traverse Landing
Campbell’s Way
Looking towards Lord’s Sea Side Cottages
Richard Point PE
This beach is spectacular at low tide
The Versys is enough of an Adventure Bike to take you out to the end and back. (Watch out for mud and deep sand!)
Boat for sale
Tryon Point Road looking south
Heading down into Tryon PE
The view from the bridge
I snapped this one quickly, can you see the two cranes in flight? You might need to view it in full resolution.
The Wharf in Victoria
I was quite taken with the contrast in colours
The view from Old Post Road in Crapaud. I call it Stewart’s Pond, but I could be wrong.

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2016 The Advocate Harbour Ride

In which I convince family that a day riding the coastline of Nova Scotia along the Bay of Fundy is a good thing…

Advocate Harbour Nova Scotia

I’d ridden this loop a few years ago courtesy of Canada Moto Guide’s Dawn to Dusk Rally and if you are in Nova Scotia with time to kill, then check out the rally map if you want an engaging ride.

The weather was looking good for the morning, although it was stronger winds than normal, which tend to happen on occasion on the island, so we seized on the chance of a perfect day of riding and set off across the bridge in force with my brother-in-law Captain Kirk in the lead on his BMW F800GS, followed by my nephew Ryan on his KLR, my sister Wendy-Sue on her Bonneville, and our friend Mike on his Bandit 1250, while I followed up on my Versys 650.

Borden-Carleton to Advocate Harbour NS
I’ve been over the bridge many times by now, so I’ll spare you that part, and I started taking pictures once we crossed the border from New Brunswick into Nova Scotia on our way to Amherst NS where we left the highway in favour of the back roads. 
As long as you have decent suspension and exercise a bit of caution on the back roads, then you’ll no doubt enjoy your ride as much as I did. The roads are a mix of pristine asphalt right down to potholed and patched, and with all the twists and turns, those potholes can cause you a bit of bother.
Wendy-Sue crossing into Nova Scotia

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The Versys fork seals are leaking

It never rains, it pours. Or so it seems here at home. I’ve made a hash of my XR400 Carburetor repair, yesterday I blew a brake line on my venerable old 2003 Honda Civic, and today while riding my bike, I blew a front left fork seal. :'(

I wonder if this is all just dirt under the seals and if I can use the “seal mate” trick with a piece of old 35mm film or negative?

Motion Pro Seal Mate

If you are thinking about buying a Seal Mate, and you live in Canada, you may want to do so here:


I’ve had some experience replacing fork seals on a Kawasaki KLR 650, but the Versys uses the inverted upside down fork configuration, and my research shows that the job is just as messy, and requires some specialized tools to service the fork that I simply don’t have at the moment. So lining up for this job, I find I need the following bits based on servicing both front forks as opposed to only one:

  • SEAL,DUST (Ref # 92093)           92093-0035      2 Each 
  • SEAL-OIL (Ref # 92049)              92049-0058       2 Each
Fork Oil:
Specialized tools:
  • Fork Spring Compressor tool
  • Fork Bleed tool
  • “Finger” plate
Fork Spring Compressor Kit for inverted forks
These are from Traxxion Dynamics and if you find cheap Chinese knock offs that look very similar, the word on the street is be very careful, as they tend to break more than they work as compared to this Made in USA model. 
I found a comprehensive video that shows service on similar forks to the Versys, but this is not exactly the same as out bike. Please let me know if you have a better source for this. 
Part 1
Part 2

eBay sourced tool that does not get good reviews. Buyer Beware:
The price is right, but is it worth it?

This is a real DIY approach.

That’s all for now.