Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by shyam334, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. Mobiker

    Mobiker Long timer

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    Try State Farm. They go by engine size.
  2. kojack

    kojack AMF!

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    the akra is awesome. that is the exhaust going onto my v300 when I get it. Looks great with the silver and carbon.

    I am also waiting for sw to release their hard cases for the little v, I am pairing that with their waterproof 70 top back, with 2 x 25 liter dry roll bags for our sleeping bags. between the top bag, sleeping bag sacks and the two side cases we should be pretty well self sufficent for travel. Keep our small tent and clothing in the top bag, and camping gear and cook gear in the side cases to lower the C/G.
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  3. Fuzzy74

    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    I'm a USAA member and they have a relationship with Progressive. Called them and got a quote for $412 for both bikes. Went ahead and took that. Don't have a lot of time right now to shop around. I went with AMIG 9 years ago because when USAA stopped doing boats and motorcycles and passed me to Progressive they were high and AMIG was much cheaper.
  4. Yaay

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    Hi guys, sorry for a newb question but wouldn't an exhaust like this or even the stock one bent into the tire and pop it immediately if the bike falls over on that side? Can you help me asses the risk of such low exhausts (same on new BMW 310 GS) for offroading? The link between the frame and exhaust looks really weak..
  5. jgiacobbe

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    Factory bracket looks a lot sturdier. The aftermarket pictured has a longer bracket between the pipe and the mount. Also, this is not a dirt bike. If you treat it like one, it will get expensive. In order to get the muffler to hit the tire you first have to bend it around the swing arm. They are not really that close. Check this photo borrowed from rideapart.com.
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  6. YJake

    YJake Wrenchin'

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    In my personal experience... if you crash hard enough to push the pipe into the wheel you've got much more important/expensive things to worry about than a blown tire or dented pipe. :kurt

    -Jake
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  7. Dvrguy

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    How much taller is it then the stock low sear
  8. Dvrguy

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    I quoted progressive through USAA. Their quote was 7 times higher then Geico who I had on my Victory Gunner so I went with them. It is such a new bike some insurance companies may be classifying it as a crotch rocket
  9. polishadam82

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    I would say same as tall OEM seat just way more comfy
  10. Fuzzy74

    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    Put 300 miles on it last 3 days and plan to do 600 mile service on Saturday. Ordered a 15 tooth sprocket to try.

    Trying to get miles on keeping rpm low is a challenge. Not disciplined / patient enough to stay under 4,000 but have been mostly under 5,000. I doubt first owner kept rpms at recommended levels for first 200 miles.

    First fill up 71 mpg. Did not have dash reset at start, so no comparative measurement. For current tank, dash showing 75 mpg average. Don't expect these numbers to be seen again once limitations on rpm / speed are eliminated.

    Will be nice to open it up and see what it will do.
  11. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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    I believe they say 5k rpm for break in. Don't ride around lugging it. It won't hurt it if you venture up to 6k a little bit.
  12. Dvrguy

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    It is hard to keep it at the recommended RPM. It takes a while to get to the 500 mile point at 34 mph. It is so worth it in the long run to stick as close as to what they recommend. I am sure the numbers are conservative from the factory.
  13. Dvrguy

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    I need a seat close to the low seat. I will see who comes out with ne next. Although Corbin does alter to fit. Maybe will take a ride up this weekend and talk to them in Daytona
  14. kojack

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    I won't be able to do 500 miles at 5000rpm. Just cannot happen.
  15. adsinger

    adsinger Ride fast. Stop often.

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    Keep it under 8,000, don't lug it, vary engine speed frequently, be sure it doesn't run hot, and you'll be fine.
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  16. Edward Teach

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    6th gear @ 6000 RPM = 80 km/h or 50mph. I've managed to keep it between 5000 and 6000 most of the time with occasional short bursts up to 7000. It's taking a little while to get the requisite 1000 k (600 miles) in at back road speeds though.
  17. Florida Lime

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    EXACTLY what I told my wife for her 300. :thumb
  18. kojack

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    Yeah...In order to get to some nice roads I have to travel 15 to 20 minutes at 100kph. So, that's all I can do. If not, I would never add up the kms to pass break in.
  19. nated447

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    I helped my cousin change his sprockets to 15/44 and he really liked how it made first gear usable plus lowered revs at 60.
    In less than 100 miles his check engine light came on gear indicater quit. We were just starting a big ride when this started so he went another 250 miles until home. Took it to the dealer and they reset the computer. He got it home and had the same happen within 5 miles. Now the dealer has it again and now they are blaming him for changing sprockets saying "you can't do that".
    This seems like a cop out to me. He says if he's forced to go back to stock he's getting rid of it.
  20. k12rsrdr

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    Some of the inmates have gone to the 15 tooth front sprocket with no problems and it looks like you can use the standard 14 with a 43 rear and have joy......The Ninja 300 is geared 14/42 with anticipation of different rider loading....