Kawasaki Versys-X 300

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

  1. inroads

    inroads Go West old man

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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
  2. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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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.
  3. 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.
  4. inroads

    inroads Go West old man

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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.
  5. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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

    inroads Go West old man

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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.
  7. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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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.
  8. Deadlyapollo

    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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  9. 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.
  10. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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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.
  11. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    It sucks that the bars bent a bit. I do wonder whether the force applied in the tie-down scenario is the same sort of force that the bars are designed to withstand? Having said that, the Kawi crash bars have only 2 points of attachment per side whereas 3 would be stronger.
  12. tkpinsc

    tkpinsc heavily moderated

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    Visited the Kawi dealer again. He still has a couple 2017's on the floor. Factory incentives of (I think) $600 on non ABS and $700 ABS. $5300 or so out the door, freight, taxes, tags and etc.

    Leaning towards the X-300 whose ergonomics fit me perfectly but am not quite ready. Would like to see the BMW first, but now that I know it is 1k more in price the scale is tipped further towards the x-300. Would also like to sit on a Duke 390. Only one I have seen was still in the crate.
  13. juggernet

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    I placed an order with Shad and they do not have the side case brackets yet. It is on back oder and has been on back order for a month now. They will keep telling you that it is on a 2 week back order every time you inquire about the status of your order.



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  14. bombdefuzer

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    Roght on. I'm sure some better options will emerge soon.

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  15. victay

    victay Enthusiastic Noob

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    That's what I'm thinking too.

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  16. Aleeoop70

    Aleeoop70 EX-MX Adv Tourist

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    I'm thinking a couple of cooling holes could be drilled behind the lamps for cooling. Might work.OTE="SoManyFish, post: 33365127, member: 389655"]if you look closer at the photo of the lamp in the eBay listing you can see "w16w" on the lamp indicating "wedge-base 16 watts". Presumably 16 watts is the actual power consumption with the "light output equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent lamp". A few of the fellow inmates have installed these in the "city light" position. I don't recall them reporting any issues. I have ordered some for my bike but they have not yet arrived. My concern is not increased power consumption but rather increased heat output. The space in the headlight assembly where the city lights are located is not very large so heat dissipation is a potential issue. But, again, none of the inmates have mentioned any issues so I assume it's no problem.[/QUOTE]
    I'm
  17. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    Its a LED bulb, Almost no heat generated by it.
  18. Aleeoop70

    Aleeoop70 EX-MX Adv Tourist

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    Thank you all for the information on the lamps. I will order some soon and already have a Cyclops H-4 in the garage. I have the SW Motech crash bars and think they look plenty strong. Have had them on 2 other bikes and they were great and look the best in my opinion. I also posted a build for a pair of racks that keep soft bags out of the rear wheel. Temporary fix but may be good enough to be permanent. I am using Wolfman dry bags and have a couple of inches clearance from rhe exhaust and installed stick on asbestos shielding from O'Reilly's Auto Parts on the bottom of the R side bag and it's working well so far. Price of the racks: maybe $20 for materials and a couple of hours of my time. Remember, soft bags are lighter and this bike is all about being light compared to most ADV bikes. Love it so far. It's an old time dirt bike rider's dream.
  19. Aleeoop70

    Aleeoop70 EX-MX Adv Tourist

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    Does anyone know if the LED turn signal replacement lamps need electronic devices to make them flash correcrly?
  20. advmgm

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    Okay, great. Just what I didn't need to hear is that this bike is the reincarnation of a Honda SL 350.

    Because I had one when I was a senior in high school and rode the heck out of it and it was all good!

    I best not take a test ride on the Versys... :)

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