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Versys-X 400 speculations thread

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by PaD, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. jspringator

    jspringator Long timer

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    Can you lower the pegs and bring the bars back? If so might work for me.
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  2. 11motos

    11motos Feral Rider

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    Nice. I think the Z400 is probably one of the best (if not the best) value one can get right now.
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  3. 11motos

    11motos Feral Rider

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    Yes you can. peg lowering kits and raisers are needed. Many to choose from and some quite inexpensive yet decent by the way.
    I would also add a small screen something discrete.
  4. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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    I hope so! I just got back from a quick 40 mile ride. It's plenty fast, handles great, stiffly sprung, quite sporty, and feels solid, like it's carved from one piece of billet. It's just FUN, and makes you want to ride like a hooligan. Like a supermoto.

    But, comfortable it is not! The seat feels like a 1/2" sheet of hard rubber over wood. Leg room is limited, but the bars are pretty high. This is my first naked bike in quite a while, and it was nice having 100% clean air on your helmet!
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  5. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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    I didn't experiment yet, but stock, the handlebar cables and wires are routed and tucked in REALLY tight, like there's no extra length to raise the bars at all. I hope there is some freedom somewhere to allow higher bars, but new front cables might be required.
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  6. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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    $5,700 OTD, including 7% GA state tax! That's pretty fucking cheap for a brand new bike these days :ricky!
  7. jspringator

    jspringator Long timer

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    When you find something, put up a link. I went down that rabbit hole once and couldn't find anything. New cables aren't a deal breaker for me. I bet Helibars would sell you extensions. I would hate to cut and solder wires though.

    EDIT: Now that I think of it I may have been researching the 650 variant that weighs 410 pounds.
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  8. GhettoCanuck

    GhettoCanuck Been here awhile

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    Nice buy! Now graft the forks/swingarm/suspension/wheels from the klx onto the z400...
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  9. Ken in Regina

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    That is my actual experience. I've been using the stirrup/footpeg mounting method for years. My topcase doesn't get in the way. With a good size duffel strapped on the back seat I still don't have a problem beyond just a bit of a stretch.

    I did have to modify the sidestand foot to make it bigger. But it needs enlargement anyway.

    ...ken...
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  10. dancingweasel

    dancingweasel Virtual Tourist

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    Well, I've got rather fed up waiting for the unicorn, so I have pulled the trigger on a VX3. 2018, with less than 300 miles, showroom condition. When (if) the unicorn is announced in Autumn, I shall feel a fool, but time is passing, and we're not getting any younger.
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  11. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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    Well said! :clap
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  12. flexiflyer

    flexiflyer Been here awhile

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    Most factual statement in the thread :lol3 Enjoy the new ride!
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  13. GhettoCanuck

    GhettoCanuck Been here awhile

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    klz400.jpg

    Does it look kinda goofy? Yes.

    Would I ride it? After installing a front fender, absolutely!
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  14. cyclopathic

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    The only way you should feel like a fool if they put decent suspension. Otherwise 300 is geared low the only time extra engine power will be noticeable in top gear
  15. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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    Um... no! :nono

    The 400 is a completely different animal in every way imaginable from the 300.
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  16. afordableperformance

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    Why did they move the chain to the right(wrong) side!?
  17. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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    'Cuz the photoshop person used the rear wheel/swingarm and front wheel/fork from some other bike? :lol3 :thumb
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  18. afordableperformance

    afordableperformance Been here awhile

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    So Unprofessional!
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  19. 11motos

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    Good call. The price on the VX300 is pretty reasonable. amazing value too.
    My brother and I have been thinking the same thing. They only thing holding us is that we do not need them right away and we also want to test ride the T7.
    In October we are going to use the 250's anyway to go to Morocco and Algeria. ...That given this whole covid thing stabilizes a bit and it doesn't get worse. we don't want
    to be caught in a lock-down in a trip across continents and borders.
    We are playing this by ear... one day at the time, I guess.
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    IMO it is the perfect size and weight and power for so many things if one can make it fit ergos and also comfort.
    Lots of versatility with a very reasonable total cost of running and service. Plus those kawa engines are virtually indestructible.

    Also imagine that engine in a VX with 2 more inches of travel. That might get all the KLR enthusiast base and many more converted to a new 'religion'.
    If kawa doesn't do it someone else will. Imagine a yamaha T4 like a vx400 but better. I have not been understanding honda in the last 10 years so that is why
    I don't mention them but a mini 399 Africa twin around 180kg will also sell like hot cakes. Or what about a light Vstrom 400, light and with decent travel?
    Imagine if honda have made the 450 rally with the same philosophy of the CRF250 and close price point instead the current absurd 450 nobody wants and
    even less can afford for that kind of bike/use.
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