Kawasaki Versys-X 300

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

  1. jspringator

    jspringator Been here awhile

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    I paid $4,900, plus taxes and registration; no fees. There is a $500 rebate (or there was in April) right now for the 17s.
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  2. Dirtdeville

    Dirtdeville Adventurer

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  3. jspringator

    jspringator Been here awhile

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    Much quieter. 65 degrees is the lowest angle I could get, but that seems good. I could raise the windshield a little and still have it out of the line of sight. I've still got the X-Ccreen on, but at some point I'm going to raise the windshield and try it out without the X-Creen.

    There does seem to be a little more movement in the screen. Just noticible, bit not really a problem. A backwards mount must not be as stable. I poped it up to 80 and it was in the acceptable range. Some of it is due to the X-Creen, so it will probebly stabilize when I take it off.
  4. Jthewood

    Jthewood Been here awhile

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    Yep, I paid $5400 in March...had to have the RED! $6400 out the door with all the parts, but this is what I have now...
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  5. Ken in Regina

    Ken in Regina Been here awhile

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  6. jspringator

    jspringator Been here awhile

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    I kind of like the high viz green. I admit it did take a while. I really like the orange. I would pay extra for that color.
  7. Dirtdeville

    Dirtdeville Adventurer

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    That looks good-all the upgrades work.I wanted red but got a gray 2017 for $5400 OTD in high tax/high fee CA that I couldn't pass up.I went to see if they had the red in stock and they only had the 2018 black which I didn't care for.I have two questions.It looks like you have the Ricochet skid plate with the SW Motech bars so they must be compatible.I also like those tires but can't tell the brand.
  8. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    Tires look like Continental TKC 80.
  9. Jthewood

    Jthewood Been here awhile

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    Hey Dirtdeville,
    Yep, that’s the Ricochet skid plate and the SW Motech bars. There is a long, (300mm) bolt that connects the bars. It uses the same mounting point on the motor as the skid plate bracket. Because of that it makes the mounting bolt that comes with the crash bars a bit short. You can still mount them, but there’s not a lot of bolt left for mounting. I’ll be getting a 305 or 310mm bolt as soon as I can.
    SoManyFish was right, TKC80s.
    They. Are. Awesome.
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  10. psoed

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    Got the email saying my givi side racks were just shipped. Will post pics when I put them on. Not actually planning to run any side cases, kinda just wanted them as a crash bar/hang my backpack. Maybe add a mini toolbox.
  11. MarkinMI

    MarkinMI Been here awhile

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    Nice setup. Do you think the tires are overly loud or handle iffy on regular roads doing 60-65mph and lower? I’m thinking of a set of more aggressive tires for a trip in the late summer and there will be a lot of on road use on two lane highways but trails etc at places I’ll be visiting.
  12. Jthewood

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    No, the noise is not an issue and they handle great at speed. We have plenty of twisties and while they aren’t a street tire, they still grip the pavement better than I can ride. They feel fairly soft to me in the heat, not sure about cold weather riding.
    I think the TKC80s are perfect for the VX300.
  13. Brockie

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    Be very careful. Dry soap is fine but ride in the rain a bit and those grips may start spinning on the handlebar as moisture penetrates from each end.
    You should either put tiewire in the two outer grooves of your grips, or take them off again and thoroughly wash away all traces of soap. I squirt a little black spray can into a grip which gives me plenty of time to get it on and positioned correctly before the paint dries. Wipe off the excess.
    There are other non residual products as well that others use. I dislike grip glue as it dries too quick.
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  14. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    As for me, I've been using pump liquid spray hair spray, for many years, for grips and foam covers (grip puppies). While wet, very easy to manipulate, and once dry, adheres like glue, but a good spray of more hair spray on the underside of the grip, releases it for easy removal, if ever necessary. tp dd50
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  15. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    Yes. Hairspray and safety wire. Progrip 714 have 3 molded-grooves for safety wire.
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  16. Aleeoop70

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    You can't go wrong with correctly mounted safety wire. Hair spray alone can be defeated with a tip over in a 6" deep stream crossing. I really liked Gorilla glue until I rode in 100 plus F temps at which time the glue melted and turned into grease, which was not good for grips staying in the intended position. Now I use slow set super glue (60 to 90 seconds) and it hasn't failed yet. I have only used wire on my off road bikes although it couldn't hurt on an adventure bike. My method is only one method developed by personal experience. "Your mileage may vary". The hair spray (extra hold) and wire combo sounds good though.
  17. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    Yes, hairspray (or soap, I imagine) can let go when it gets wet. I used hairspray only for a few years until I discovered the hard way that perhaps it wasn't as secure as I thought. I've used hairspray and safety wire ever since, and never had a grip twist even the slightest. Interesting observation about the Gorilla glue -- I would never have thought that it would "melt" at a relatively low temperature but that's good to know.
  18. Jthewood

    Jthewood Been here awhile

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    Has anyone had problems with the 12 volt malfunctioning? Mine stops charging when there are lots of vibrations or when I go off-road. I know it could be the plug, but I thought I’d ask here first.
  19. MarathonMan

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    Alternatively, you can cut down the spacers that come with the Crash Bars by approximately 1/8" (an amount equal to the thickness of the of the Ricochet mounting bracket). That's what I did. I wanted to make sure the Left and Right Crash Bars met properly in the middle.
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  20. SoManyFish

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    A similar, lower-price alternative to Continental TKC 80 is Shinko E-804 (front) & E-805 (rear). FortNine did a video on dual sport tires -- jump to 5:05 for a comparison of Shinko 805 & Continental TKC 80:
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