Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by shyam334, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. John Ashman

    John Ashman Adventurer Wannabe

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    Too big, too heavy, also too expensive, and well, did I say too big? It's huge. An XRE300 would work for me though. That's just now been announced for Mexico and is Honda's missing small ADV bike. The Tenere isn't as cool in real life as it look on TV.

    A Rally/dual sport/ADV version of the G310 would be great, as it should be pretty reasonable in price. KTM needs to get the 390 and 490 Adventure out.
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  2. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Super Supporter

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    Is it just me, or are those BMW wheels the ugliest ever seen?

    The Kaw looks SUPER promising!
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  3. SwitchThrottle

    SwitchThrottle Bring da amber lamps

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    Can you overlay the cb500x and the vx300?
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  4. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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  5. Vertical C

    Vertical C Long timer

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    The twin will be much better than a single from bmw. Go read the reviews between the single Honda cbr300 vs the ninja 300 for highway

    If you want a single adv bike there's already plenty of choices. I would buy the g650 first as it is proven. Bmw new bikes can be hit and miss

    Twin adv bikes. 19 inch wheel. You have far fewer choices. The kwaka is a proven engine.
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  6. jmarleau

    jmarleau Been here awhile

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    I here you and agree. Check out this ride video of a Ninja 300 John. Count the gears. Check out when he shifts.

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  7. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    I am curious to see how much pickup it will have at 80mph with Pelican side cases, and how expensive accessories will be. And what suspension options it needs.

    But the idea of off-road capable sub 400lbs inexpensive bike is attractive one.
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  8. Vertical C

    Vertical C Long timer

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    I think you'll be better off with a bigger bike if you need to do that.

    Personally if I buy one I am not fitting wide bags on it. I won't have a pillion so there's plenty of room behind me. I don't need the aerodynamics hit
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  9. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    I already have a bigger bike. But am I better off?

    Agree soft luggage may be the ticket.
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  10. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Impressive 112mph from that 300cc motor.

    This bike will have more drag but cruising at 75mph down those must-use-to-connect highway stretches is all I'm asking for. I expect to cover distances at times to get to the next great roads.

    Past that I want to have some fun in the G1 twisties and most importantly a great time on the all those county dirt roads and FS Jeep roads on a lighter machine This is not a singletrack bike.

    That sums up why I love what I see here.

    I love the new AT and what I see in the T7 but this lighter package excites me. My 650 does nice work as does my wrr, but this looks to split the difference nicely.

    Before we all saw this Versys, the AT or future 700 Tenere would be my new solo traveling bike, but this machine readjusted my thinking!
    I never thought it might be a Kawi considering how the old KLR just languished.
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  11. eakins

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    Doubt much pick up past 80mph.
    This is not a high speed passing kind of bike. Looks like it will go faster but you will need to plan your passes.
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  12. eakins

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    Any of you FFs call Kawi today & if not, what the hell ya waiting for?
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  13. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2019 DL650XT Touring

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    Good to see this!

    For someone who is 1 up, and is about 180lbs with full riding gear, we are looking at one hell of a bike.

    If these specs are right, I would take this over a brand new CB500X, DL650XT, or even the Versys 650.
    Why?
    Weight
    Spoke rims
    Price

    The CB does not have spoke rims
    The two 650 bikes a are like 100lbs more.
    The 650 have a lot of stuff I do not need. ABS , TC, DUAL disc brakes. Horse power.

    The CB is 55lbs heavier and has just 15 more horses or so. Mehh.


    From what I researched, the first oil change is 600 miles, then 7,500 miles.
    Same thing with the valve adjustment.

    If this MC is actually 375lbs
    Offers a non Abs trim.
    $5,500-5,999
    Has about 5.9" of travel
    An over geared 6th gear. Maybe 60 mph at 60mpg.

    I will have to purchase this MC.

    I like torque motors so I will have to warm up to such a high tach.
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  14. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2019 DL650XT Touring

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    I respectfully disagree.

    The torque on the KLR and 300 X is way off.

    This bike will not compete with or replace the KLR.
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  15. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2019 DL650XT Touring

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    Easy there. If you are looking for 80mph all day long, go with the 650XT

    The bike is a back roads transport. If you are trying to push past 70mph for a couple of miles, you have the wrong bike.
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  16. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2019 DL650XT Touring

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    I will call tomorrow.
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  17. MBM

    MBM Been here awhile

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    This one will have 34hp instead of the 39hp of the ninja, tuned for low and mid rev power.
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  18. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    DL650? Already have one.

    There have been people who did IBR on old 27hp 250r would run 80mph all day long.
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  19. danptobin

    danptobin Been here awhile Supporter

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    I'm looking for something just a little better on the highway then my wrr. Ideally a 350 version of that bike but this new kawi or a ktm 390 advice would be as close as they'll make. if this kawi comes to the us I'll have to test ride it and see. still hoping for a ktm 390 adv. will check it out if they ever sell them here.
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  20. inroads

    inroads Go West old man

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    This replaces the outdated overweight pig KLR.
    It will outperform the KLR with 60 lbs. less weight and comparable hp and a 6th gear.

    Kawasaki is currently having their dealer show,
    Should know about availibility by Friday.