Kawasaki Versys-X 300

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

  1. Andylaser

    Andylaser Heavy Metal

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    Fist time I've seen a gas station with train track passing outside.
  2. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    I realize everyone has a different anatomy, but I actually enjoy the stock saddle. I also like the stock gearing. I think Kawasaki hit a walk off, grand slam with the Versys-X 300.


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  3. Jesper Hedegaard

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    I was more surprised by the "BF Goodridge" sign to the right on the building; they've been selling tires here in Denmark for decades - but I never new they also has batteries ;o)
    But - not long ago, we had most diesel trains over here, so no wonder they have a gas station....here allmost in the middle of our capitol Copenhagen, the state railway had a large area with garages etc.
    A former colleague told he'd been working there, and all the diesel engines would be filled up there by a 1.200 liter/minute pump. Sometimes they didn't care to wait 'till the engine was filled, but just leave it running while they 'd go to lunch.
    With no auto-shut-off, quite a few liters was spilled before they cared to end their lunch...talk about polluted ground; here, an old gas station has to have meters of soil removed before the ground ca be re-used "for humans".....
  4. PaD

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    I guess that lunch was one or two ”bajer”:D
  5. Jesper Hedegaard

    Jesper Hedegaard Adventurer

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    Yep - those where the days where any place of work with manual labour had bajere in the canteen and nobody objected.
    The unions where much stronger back then, I guess....
    Bajer = brewski for non-danes ;o)
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  6. Skooter

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    Narrow gauge, the rails could be a prop, I'm not sure. Chloride, AZ does have a rich mining history so they may have had a legitimate need to run past gas pumps at one time.
  7. Moat

    Moat Been here awhile

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    One quite remarkable thing I've noticed in following this thread, in amongst the overwhelmingly positive comments/reviews, I've not read of a single notable mechanical issue. :bmwrider IMHO, as a ~50 yr rider/mechanic, this little Kaw is one of the finest, purest, straightforward all-around motorcycles in existence - and I'd sure love to own one. A real gem. Painful, living vicariously as such... :dirtdog

    Bob
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  8. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Yeah well, I only have 120 miles on my 2017, and I already bent the key somehow, and it wouldn't turn! I had to straighten it myself!

    Fucking cheap Kawasaki keys! I hate this bike!

    :lol3 :jack :clap
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  9. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    The thing I learned the most so far is, you just have to RIDE this thing!

    I don't mean, "you have to try it to understand it". I mean, you have to forget the gearing, forget the power, forget the promises of off-road ability, forget the hard seat, and just ride it like you stole it, and suddenly, you don't CARE about any of that stuff! It's simply FUN.
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  10. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    LOL ... I bent one of my keys the first week that I got my Versys-X. Since then I got a couple of duplicate keys made and I put the originals in a safe place.
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  11. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    @ag_streak You're exactly right! Like I posted before you joined the thread, the day I bought mine, I got a brief fifteen minute test ride on it, but it was following a sales guy around on another bike. It wasn't much of a test. It just confirmed that it wasn't gutless and didn't suck. Based just on that I decided to take a chance and buy it. It wasn't until that evening when I got some miles on it that I really realized just how awesome it is!

    Now if I could just convince some of my riding friends of it so they could go grab some of the remaining 2017's at the blowout price... :/

    "It's just a 300... how can it be fun?" *sigh*
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  12. whisperquiet

    whisperquiet Long timer

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    Do you have the key blank brand and key number handy?
  13. bombdefuzer

    bombdefuzer Been here awhile

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    Stupid POS everytime it rains this Kawasaki gets wet ![​IMG]

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  14. twaldron

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    I think your cooler is just too full. :freaky
  15. bombdefuzer

    bombdefuzer Been here awhile

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    Although the 300x is lightweight, a man must eat.

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  16. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    It's a good thing your bike is gray, otherwise I'd have to give you crap for having a red cooler on a green bike. :-)
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  17. Skooter

    Skooter Razing Arizona

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    Agreed...so far. Hopefully for a long time! Although, in addition to the fuel pump buzzing before startup (as normal), you also get various buzzing noises upon shutdown that never let you forget how electronic this thing is. There's also event recorder which can be accessed after an accident...that kinda strikes me as an invasion of privacy, but what the hey, most all new vehicles have them. It's the world we live in.
  18. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Yeah I'm not a fan of those "black boxes." I'd like to find a way to disable them. My STI probably has one too, being a 2015 model.

    In on-topic news, I ordered those Honda axle nuts from Rocky Mountain ATVMC just now. Finally had enough stuff to get free shipping. Now if it'll just show up by Friday before I leave for Death Valley... there are a few odds and ends in there I'd like to bring with me even though the VX isn't coming.
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  19. Skooter

    Skooter Razing Arizona

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    Good to see your placement of the tank protector. It's a bit different than shown on Kawi's website and looks to offer a bit more protection where you have it. I'm torn between the Kawi protector or a more universal Progrip, or maybe just some 3M clear protective film. One grain of sand underneath a tank bag can ruin one's day, and have resolved to not let that happen on this beautiful green tank.
  20. 11motos

    11motos Feral Rider

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    He is saying that if you put the bike on the center stand and 2nd gear and accelerate past 6,000 rpm the light will come off and at this point
    w/o turning off the bike the ABS is off. He removes the quick stand obviously so he put the bike in gear and changes to 2nd gear.
    Then when you turn off the bike and back on the ABS will reactivate.