Kawasaki Versys-X 300

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

  1. Jesper Hedegaard

    Jesper Hedegaard Adventurer

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    Center stand allows U to only level bike in one plane - never mind if the bike will settle on back or front wheel + center stand, U can allways use a wedge under one wheel to level it out.

    So - U yourself is of a certain age with bad knees, since U revert to camera back-up ;o)
  2. Jesper Hedegaard

    Jesper Hedegaard Adventurer

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    So - the Ninja 300 was also destined for failure on any market ;o)
  3. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    I agree that around 70 is its sweet spot for mile eating, with the knowledge that zipping up to 85 is possible.
    I would need to do something about the screen as well.
  4. Jesper Hedegaard

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    70 MpH is just above 110 Kph - that is just about 9 K on the rev meter.
    The engine just purrs along hapily at that level - have had it up around 11 K, equalling 143,4 KpH on my GPS ~ 90 MpH.
    I woudn't mind doing that speed for prolonged time - have even seen Youtube vid where it rang out at a little over 160.
    A little hard to see the rev meter in the vid, but it looked like it passed redlining.
    At 143,4 on GPS I remember it as the speedo showed 145-146, so if the vid was at 165, I guess GPS speed would be around 161-163 KpH.
    Not too shabby for our underdog ;o)
  5. SoManyFish

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    Huh? No, I never said that. In 1983 Kawasakiintroduced a JDM-only 248 cc sportbike called GPZ250. It was designed as <250 cc machine in order to avoid certain regulations in Japan that apply to motor vehicles >250 cc. It was very successful. A few years later they gave it a redesign and the sportier name "Ninja 250R", and expanded sales of it into other countries. It sold like hot cakes. A few years after that in markets that did not have regulations (or taxes) related to 250 cc Kawasaki overbored and retuned the 248 cc engine to produce a killer 296 cc engine and, alas, the Ninja 250 was reborn as the Ninja 300. It was and continues to be a big seller for Kawasaki. Now they've put that the Ninja 300 engine in an otherwise new bike and we got the Versys-X 300. So, why is the Versys-X 300 a 296 cc machine? Because that's the engine Kawasaki already had. Likewise, the Versys-X 250 sold in certain Asian markets (due to regs and/or taxes) is 248 cc because Kawasaki already had a 248 cc in the Ninja 250R still sold in those markets and stuck it in that same shiny new Verysys-X frame. Summary: While the origin of the Ninja 300 has its roots back to a early-1980's JDM-only 250 cc bike designed to avoid certain regs, since that time Kawasaki has been redesigning and repurposing what it already has and that makes good business sense.
  6. Chucksklrst

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    Would like to bump this back to the top again, If anybody is interested please E-mail me.
  7. Jesper Hedegaard

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    Sorry - was only meant as a teaser ;o)
    But yes; the 250 series has been a success in many markets for years - now they have introduced a new 250-series (well - 249 to be exact) in form of the naked street bike Z250SL and the Ninja 250 R. But they are new models - both are thumbers and apparently build on same frame and engine.
    On top of that, Kawasaki has also launched a Z300 here - a naked version of the Ninja 300 twin.
    The new 250 thumber could easily be based on same engine as the KLX250S - looks pretty much like same engine - but it's been two years ago my KLX250S was stolen, so that is an assumption based on memory. A memory that could be less accurate than I remember ;o)
  8. SoManyFish

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    I had totally forgotten about the Z250SL and Z300 (we don't have either in here in Canada). I recall reading when the Z250SL was launched that its engine was a tweaked and retuned KLX250S engine. Thanks for jogging my memory.

    Your KLX250S was stolen ... that sucks :-(
  9. inroads

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    Good news from Seat Concepts....tooling is currently being installed and they expect the updated version to be ready in 2-3 weeks....Yes !!
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  10. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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  11. Cole Trickle

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    Another bump for panel swapping....... I have a grey x 300 in upstate NY.....

    Anyone (with a green vx) want to swap my black panels for your silver panels?
  12. SoManyFish

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  13. eakins

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    Some pics of my wife's scooter lights.
    Similar setup to the V lights, 1 H4 headlight with 2 side T10/168/192 wedge bulbs.

    Wedge bulbs are the LED eBay ones I post about. H4 is a Cyclops H4. Hard to take a proper pic but total output is awesome!

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  14. jgiacobbe

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    Nice hi viz stripes.
  15. twaldron

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    Just installed some T-Rex bars and a skid plate.

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  16. 7thson

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    eakins: Do you have the part number for the "white wedges"?
  17. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Read that the Ninja 300 wouldn't pass Euro 4 requirements, and it is no longer on the Kawasaki EU site.

    It is on the Australia, UK and USA sites as '17's.

    Strange that the X300 can pass but not the Ninja. Thought it was popular in Europe.

    In fact, the X300 is the only bike at that cc level available now.

    The 650 twin is now as small as they go except for some 17's still available, with all the different classes/models. tomp dd50
  18. inroads

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    T-Rex is not showing those crash bars on their site....
    You must have one of the first....look robust
    I was waiting on SW Motech.....how much for the T-Rex ?
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    Was just about to ask what's the skinny on the crash bars currently available. Looking for mainly just fall-over protection for the plastics. Haven't ruled out R&G sliders at Twisted Throttle for $129, and like the look of the Kawi engine guards. The SW Motechs from TT are a possibility, but not in stock at the moment.
  20. Skooter

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    If all goes as planned will get my hands on a green ABS by first of the week. Have always liked Kawi green and have been wanting ABS for a long time also. Only ever had red Kawasaki's for some reason...what's up with that?:dunno:hmmmmm:loco