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Kawasaki Versys-X 300

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

  1. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    LOL
  2. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    They are, and they aren't. I have two broken plastics on my Versys-X and TBH I do not even know how they broke. They are ridiculously expensive to replace.
  3. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    Glad to hear the inexpensive stand worked out well for you! The OEM unit is well-made but, as you know, it is also a tad over-priced. AFAIC the centre stand for Versys-X is a must-have item for changing tires, fixing flats, chain lube and slack adjustment, solo oil level check, long-term storage, etc.
  4. MJS5761

    MJS5761 Adventurer

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    SW Motech is excellent and it does not roll forward easily, and much lower cost than OEM. I had one on my old 04 DL-650 also with no problems. Center stands are a must in my opinion for ease of maintenance and storage in the garage. Upright takes much less space than leaning on side stand. Versys x with SW Motech center stand.jpg
  5. gn83tm

    gn83tm Been here awhile

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    I hold the bike vertical and look in the window...
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  6. gn83tm

    gn83tm Been here awhile

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    Didn't realize I was starting an oil discussion. Enjoy your center stands ;)
  7. Ken in Regina

    Ken in Regina Long timer Supporter

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    You must have mighty long arms. My arms would need to be nearly a foot longer to be able to hold the bike vertical and bend far enough to see the sightglass.

    ...ken...
  8. Ken in Regina

    Ken in Regina Long timer Supporter

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    Ummm... that's erl.

    ...ken...
  9. jfauerba

    jfauerba Been here awhile

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    Here is how I check the oil:
    1) take a harbor freight free flashlight and velco and mount it to the right footpeg which makes it almost pointing to the window.
    2) put small block of wood under kickstand so bike will be almost vertical but still leaning on kickstand. If I feel it is a little too far upright, I will hold on to the bike as I walk onto the other side. It would be better to find smaller piece of wood.
    3) sit on the ground, still pushing bike towards kickstand if needed, make sure I have a good view of the oil window.
    4) grab handle bar and something on the rear, forgot what, and slowly pull the bike upright until I feel it is balanced keeping in mind to to pull to far, just enough that don't really need pressure eith direction to keep it up.
    5) look in window.
    6) push bike back on kickstand, add oil if needed, repeat check.
  10. Fuzzy74

    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    Get a center stand. All you need then is flat ground.
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  11. rvarela

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    +1 on the SW-Motech centre stand. Works nicely for me
  12. jfauerba

    jfauerba Been here awhile

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    I have a center stand but two issues:
    1) Got a china one and lost the spring on the first day ride with it so now it is ziptied up. Will only use it for emergencies on the road.
    2) Bike was lowered so was really hard to get it on the center stand. Have to roll the back whell on a board to get it on center stand.
  13. twaldron

    twaldron Dudeman

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    I do that on my DS’s. On my Vx and Scrambler I installed center stands because, on those bikes, having one just isn’t a negative.
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  14. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    It seems like a lot of work.
  15. Lesharoturbo

    Lesharoturbo Nerdly Adventurer

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    I'm 6'7". I just hold the bike (KLX650C) vertical and squat down to see the oil level. 2 second to check.

    I know, not helpful
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  16. Ken in Regina

    Ken in Regina Long timer Supporter

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    Completely off this subject... I think you may have a minor error in your signature line or whatever it's called. Yeah, I read them. They're often quite interesting.

    Should it be "Lesharoturbo" instead of "Lehsaroturbo"?

    Yes, picky, I know.

    ...ken...
  17. Lesharoturbo

    Lesharoturbo Nerdly Adventurer

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    Yep

    Fixed, just for you.
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  18. David JM

    David JM Been here awhile

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    Another Use for Apache 3800 top and side cases. If your out in the middle of nowhere and you get a flat and you don't have a center stand and there are no stumps, logs, or large rocks around to put your bike on top of to patch your tire, you can use your 3800 case like a stump. First remove it from the bike, then you might have to pile up some dirt under it to get the right height and then just lift your bike up on top of it. The case will hold the weight of your bike easily, but they don't like hot exhaust pipes. If your not able to lift the bike, then with the side stand in the down position you can grab the left handle bar grip and the right side of the back part of the seat and pull towards you to lean the bike over enough to slide the case under far enough to keep your back wheel off the ground. The bike will be resting on the case, front wheel, and the side stand. My tail case has I bolts on the lid, I would probably use them to tie the bike down, or tie the case to the bike, but I would much rather just use my center stand.
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