Versys-X 300....any opinions?

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  1. stumps

    stumps Been here awhile

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    Only just stumbled on to this bike on the Kwaka website..never seen one on the road. Has anyone had a ride or have one? Be keen to hear opinions...not for me but for some potential noobs who want to enter low hassle adv riding.
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  2. Scrubmonkey

    Scrubmonkey Been here awhile

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    A ninja 300 in an upright position. No thank you. Took a ninja for a test ride a few months back becayse i was intending to get one before i went a dirty route. I couldnt stand the non existent low end and mild mid range after beig used to the drz which is no powerhouse in itself. If it was a twisty roads toy i would for a lams bike, but for a highway type touring a ninja 650, and touring with dirt roads versys 650. I personally couldnt ride such a revvy bike on dirt roads and have fun and not enough grunt for hauling gear on the highway
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  3. 59DEN

    59DEN Long timer

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    It is being released in April - http://www.kawasaki.com.au/motorcycles/sport/2017-versys-x-300
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  4. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    People just starting to test ride, sit on them overseas as reported in the thread on Beasts. Japanese bikes.
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  5. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    It'll tick boxes for a lot of people - compete with the new BMW G310GS

    40-odd HP - not too heavy - should get around Ok

    19/17 spoked wheels and longer travel suspenion than the Versys 650 - might be Ok on gravel

    Frame designed to support luggage

    Fuel range 400km on OEM tank

    Perhaps not dissimilar overall to the old KLE500

    Suit the same market as those who bought Beermer F650 / G650 / Dakars

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  6. Happy Snapper

    Happy Snapper GOMOB.

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    I like the look and weight of it.. but I don't think it will drag my fat arse around the place all that well.
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  7. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    Those who make a living selling women's undies should probably ride Ducatis
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    Ouch!
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  9. Happy Snapper

    Happy Snapper GOMOB.

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    Well .. I do love the Ducati 1200 Endure thing.... care to order about 500 pairs of undies and bras???

    (Only the imported ones though)

    Seriously.. have a look at just what the boutique does sell..

    Very specialised and taking care of women who are going through a lot of trauma.

    www.SpiritOfLifeBoutique.com
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  10. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Not sure how you claim it as ATGATT though!
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  11. stumps

    stumps Been here awhile

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    Crikey...apologies for not reading the standing out like dog knackers sign 'Arrive April 2017'. No wonder I havent seen one. :jjen All that aside, it looks it could be a good unit for some to get into ADV. Those Ninja motors have a pretty good reputation for a high rev wringer...not sure how that would be in the bush. All up a good market effort by Kwaka I reckon.
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  12. Cuttlefish

    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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  13. Giddy Goanna

    Giddy Goanna Fat tanks 'n skinny women

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    Not a bad effort.
    17 litre fuel capacity will give a decent range (about the same as a 650 V-Strom)
    Not a fan of the engine sound on ~250cc Kawasaki parallel twins over the years (GPZ, GPX, ZZR).
    Don't think I'd like to go tube type tyres again after experiencing the convenience of tubeless.
    I'd take this concept of bike with a Yamaha WR250R or Honda VTR250 motor!
    Better still, with a Yamaha MT-07 engine for the power and note. (250-300cc bikes don't use much less fuel than a 650 twin at highway speeds)
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  14. Hoots

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    I think they'll do well with this one

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  15. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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    Had a look at one on display at WSBK lots of bits to break
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  16. Hellequin

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    Kawasaki website states this is a touring bike not for off-road use.

    Looks like a good town/commuter bike and would probably be comfy enough for longer rides. Would probably be good fun to thrash about on without endangering the licence too much.
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  17. asaulo1

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    Picked mine up this weekend and it is a blast to ride. I have already put over 200 miles in a span of 3 days. A few things about this bike. 1. The gearing on it is quite short. I guess it needs it to get it to produce more torque lower in the power band. I also have a ninja 300 so I am familiar with what this engine can do. 2. the clutch engagement is on the high side. I'm already in the market for some adjustable/shorty levers for this bike. The clutch is really, really light to the point that you might even thing it's broken. 3. it is fun at the twisties but a little twitchy during slow speed. I guess you can attribute this to the 19in front time. So far, I am enjoying this bike a lot and can't wait to get more touring accessories for it for long distance rides. Here's a video of our maiden voyage on our local twisties... Cheers!
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  18. Happy Snapper

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    Had a look at them at TM Brisbane last Saturday.

    A really nice looking bike... if they had a 450 in the frame I might be interested.
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  19. Gazman

    Gazman Zen equals camping

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    Went into peter stevens geelong today to book a test ride. Salesman said they cant get one on the floor because people are buying them sight unseen
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  20. asaulo1

    asaulo1 Adventurer

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    Here's a quick comparison video between the versys 300 and the ninja 300 exhaust/engine sound. Both share the same engine but tuned differently. The versys, for more torque lower in the power band while the ninja's power is more in the higher rev ranges .. enjoy.


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