Kawasaki Versys-X 300

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

  1. 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.
  2. tkpinsc

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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.
  3. 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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  4. nosedive

    nosedive Been here awhile

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

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  5. victay

    victay Enthusiastic Noob

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    That's what I'm thinking too.

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  6. Aleeoop70

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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]
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  7. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    Its a LED bulb, Almost no heat generated by it.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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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  11. advmgm

    advmgm Long timer

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    Was riding with some friends this last weekend and a ktm ride picked up about an 8 penny nail in back tire.

    Tube had about a 1.5 inch gash in it.

    No way to repair that.

    Carry spare tubes...

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  12. Dvrguy

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    You need to make sure they have the load resistor in them
  13. ksmoker2

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    Thanks. Good to see, hopefully they come to market pretty soon. I emailed Tourtech, they have no plans to make any accessories at this point. I went with the Mosko Moto Scout V2.0 25L, I think they'll be a good fit. Rode 330 miles today with a buddy on his Super Tenere, think that's my longest one on this bike so far. A combination of back roads, gravel, slab, a little bit of everything. Put 228 miles on the first full tank today, it took 3.8gal and said I had 31 miles left. I now have 3500 miles with about 2600 on the E07s and they are still doing awesome. A few shots from today.

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  14. cyclopathic

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    Well yes and no. My son rode to Alaska on Ninja, and while he was mostly ok, he was very much miserable in places like ToW, Tylor, etc where I had fun on dl650. Stiff suspension, narrow handlebars, rearward set pegs had made simple stuff difficult and hard stuff harder.. imagine not being able to stand up and not having bar leverage. Not sure what kind of mods that Dutch bro had on his R1.

    Agree VX300 is a perfect modern reincarnation of UJM, jack of all trades.


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  15. jgiacobbe

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    I'll find out soon if the ones I bought work. Will let you know. If the don't, I'll just have to find a flasher that works with them.
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  16. firstshadow

    firstshadow Been here awhile

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    Any updates on gearing change error fixes?

    It sure is geared low, I wouldn't mind swapping out the sprockets to get a little more speed out of first.
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  17. inroads

    inroads Wimberley,Texas

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    ^^^...A $15 1 tooth up engine sprocket fixed the gearing for me.What it should have come with.

    No errors,no issues.
  18. cyclopathic

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    I would be surprised if you don't need a replacement relay or ballasts.
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  19. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    You certainly can patch a gash that big if you have a large enough patch. And it will hold if applied correctly. the problem is most "patch kits" contain patches in sizes suitable for bicycle tubes rather motorcycle tubes. While I agree a rider should carry spare tubes I also think a rider should carry a patch kit with proper size patches ( and know how to use it).
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  20. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    UJM?