Kawasaki Versys-X 300

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

  1. eakins

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    I went with the which designs produces the most light logic vs fretting over wattages here or there.
  2. ksmoker2

    ksmoker2 Adventurer

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    Hopefully someone brings a nice luggage rack to market soon sense I just ordered some soft bags :D. If nothing comes out pretty soon I'll order a set of hoops get some steel tubing and have a friend fabricate one for me. I'll give it a few more weeks. I've got a little over 3000 miles on it now, think it has settled in nicely.
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  3. nosedive

    nosedive Been here awhile

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    They are the "real thing".

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  4. firstshadow

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    Shad has options for sidebags, soft or hard, as well as topcases.

    Just placed my order yesterday for top mount and case, stay tuned!
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  5. cyclopathic

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    The set of 1157 I picked had pics with current measurements posted on Amazon, 3.1A on high, 2.3 on low.

    I am with you, usually by the number of SMDs and type you can validate if claims have any merits and based in reality or lala land.
  6. rockt

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    I think 3000 miles qualifies you as a Versys 300 expert. That means we need a ride report from you:D
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  7. nosedive

    nosedive Been here awhile

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    Best response yet..got a good chuckle.

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  8. SoManyFish

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    Some online stores are now showing Givi pannier racks as Givi item #PL4121 but pricing and photos do not seem to be available yet. For example http://www.motorcycleplanet.co.uk/products/3010-givi-pl4121-pannier-rack-for-kawasaki-versys-300/ I assume these are the production moel of the prototype Givi showed some months ago. So, hopefully, it won't be too much longer before we see those ones.

    It's a shame Givi "universal" rack SBL2000 is not readily available in the Americas or Europe -- it seems to be an Asia-only product and its quite inexpensive to buy there.

    Which soft bags did you go with?
  9. Roaddoggie

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    This is an image from the Safari Tanks Facebook page about their journey across Australia. A few questions..... What are the tires on each bike? Does anybody know about the skid plates? These look to be the Kawasaki crash bars with the integral light mounts, are they stout, or would the SW-Motech be better?



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  10. nosedive

    nosedive Been here awhile

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    I can't zoom in enough to see if those are the Kawasaki crash bars. I have Kawasaki ones with the lights on mine. My bike fell over on the cement and the crash bars held up nicely. Just a small scratch on the bars. Very robust.

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  11. inroads

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    ^^^ those are Kawasaki crash bars.SW Motech runs a crossbar in behind

    The exhaust pipes as best I can tell.

    I have Nelson Riggs newish Adventure soft saddle bags,they look a lot

    Like those Touratech items. Still looking for soft saddlebag supports but didn’t

    Want to pay $150 for Shad’s flimsy looking ones.

    BTW those yellow Touratech bags look awfully close to the exhaust.

    Full blown flames have occurred in my past with wind blown flames

    3 feet in the air.....molten rain suit pulled like taffy
  12. SoManyFish

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    I think the bike in the background has a Michelin Anakee Wild or Shinko 804 on the front (we can't see the rear). For the bike in the foreground, the angle in the photo makes it difficult, at least for me, to recognize the tread patterns but the front might be a Motoz Tractionator Adventure.

    The Side bags have "Touratech" printed on them.

    Those are the Kawi crash bars but the lights attached are not the Kawi fog lights. I have the Kawi crash bars and lights -- the crash bars seem strong enough and I love the lights. I haven't seen the SW Motech crash bars in person so I can't speak to that.

    The skid plate looks sweet! I've never seen this one before. I'd guess it's a pre-production Touratech model but that is pure speculation.
  13. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    3 foot flames?! Yup, you can't be too careful around exhausts with anything that can melt or burn. My brother had an incident with a 5 L jerry can (full of fuel) strapped on the back of his KLX250 that could have ended very badly but, fortunately, did not.
  14. inroads

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    ^^^ 3 foot flames from an eyewitness running behind me trying aggressively
    To catch me as I was running unaware.....He was in panic mode and I soon
    Was right after.....thru the deserts in Chihuahua pulling smoldering clothes out
    Of my saddlebags and then commenced to catch the side of the road on fire.
    I wouldn’t lie...Very interesting run that was.
  15. SoManyFish

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    Whoa. It sounds like it could have ended much worse than it did!
  16. inroads

    inroads Wimberley,Texas

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    So......in the interest of fire prevention any slick fabricators out there could
    Probably sell hundreds of heat shields bolted to the existing rear footpeg
    deflector.I may give her a try.
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    Not implying fake, just meant bike specific product since we have evidence it is coming. While the universal kit looks decent and can nominally be found for cheap, I'd rather avoid the hassle of language barriers, exchange rates, customs and lack of manufacturer support.
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    Deadlyapollo Been here awhile

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    In this weeks episode of Sons of Frugality, Chris is too cheap to spend $200 on a top case.....
    Just some washers and 4X 1.25mm by 50mm bolts and nuts.

    Attached Files:

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  19. victay

    victay Enthusiastic Noob

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    From the comments in the safari tanks Facebook page it looks like they made the skid plate themselves. One of the riders is from touratech.

    I have the Kawasaki crash bars, the bars themselves are beefy, but the connection on the frame is the weak point, wtf Kawasaki were thinking I don't know, maybe it's designed to crumple. When we had to load one of the bikes on a trailer, we used the bars to tie down the bike and that was the bit that bent. Not a lot, but just enough that it made the bars touch the faring. Mildly concerning as it's probably gonna be the bit that goes if we ever have a serious crash.
  20. jgiacobbe

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    Would you rather the full force be transferred to the frame? I noted that the mounting tabs at the back of the bars is the week point. I believe they are designed that way intentionally.