Kawasaki Versys-X 300

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

  1. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    headlight is h4
    front and rear signals are 10 watt amber T10
    "city" lights are 5 watt T10
    License plate lamp is 5 watt T10
  2. jgiacobbe

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  3. inroads

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    ^^^ don’t think they are 60 watt if that is what you are referring to.
  4. SoManyFish

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    if you look closer at the photo of the lamp in the eBay listing you can see "w16w" on the lamp indicating "wedge-base 16 watts". Presumably 16 watts is the actual power consumption with the "light output equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent lamp". A few of the fellow inmates have installed these in the "city light" position. I don't recall them reporting any issues. I have ordered some for my bike but they have not yet arrived. My concern is not increased power consumption but rather increased heat output. The space in the headlight assembly where the city lights are located is not very large so heat dissipation is a potential issue. But, again, none of the inmates have mentioned any issues so I assume it's no problem.
  5. eakins

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    Yes they are. I posted about those way back when. That is a T10/168/192 wedge bulb and works great anywhere you have a wedge bulb. Light output is awesome. White, red and yellow available and I've used all 3 in different vehicles. That same light is also available in all sorts of other bases too as the light output is that good. Use it for a brake light bulb too.
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    Heat is not an issue what so ever.
    I have those in the very small marker light, just like this bike, on my Vstrom plus same thing on my mp3. If anything the traditional wedge bulb puts out more heat.

    The only issue is some of these bulbs have a slightly wide board tab that needs to be slightly filed if it does not fit in your bulb hole. You'll know and see it if need be. Does not affect the electrical what so ever.

    That and the length could be an issue.
    On my Strom the end of the bulb is very close to the plastic but since heat is no issue it works.
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    Lots of looking around last night and I think I found something that said the w16w lights consume 7watts each which is still less than the 10w of the OEM bulb. On the otherhand the actual part number of the bulb in the details of the listing lists 15W. Not worried about heat. LEDs run a lot cooler since you are literally not trying to burn a small tungsten filament in a vacuum to produce radiation. That is kind of why they use so much less power, they make more light and much less infrared radiation.


    I ordered them from Amazon a couple weeks ago. I don't remember if I ordered them from a link that had been posted or just searching T10 LED on Amazon. Are you sure these are similar to what you are using. I see some labelled w5w and others w16w. I ordered some of the w5w labelled T10 bulbs along with some amber T10 w5w bulbs for the signals last night. We will see how they do later this week. Looking to buy some overhead for a heated jacket liner and auxilary lights.
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    Everyone is selling the exact same bulb at different price points of course. I'm betting there is 1 factory in China pumping these out. I've been using this design for years now after seeing one of the more forward thinking LED bulb eBay seller start to carry them. Did have one fail but they are cheap so I bought more to replace. Never going back to old style bulbs. I've tried several LED wedges in the past and these blow those away, even the fancy ones with psudo projector lenses on top.
  9. SoManyFish

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    Thanks for the addional info. Its reassuring :-)
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    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    Yeah, one of the problems I've found with buying off-brand stuff manufactured in Asia is that the claims made by the manufacturer or vendor are often unreliable. In this case 16w is supposed to mean it consumes 16 watts of power but it could be 7 w, or 15 w, or something else. The only way to know for certain to measure its power consumption.
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    I went with the which designs produces the most light logic vs fretting over wattages here or there.
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    Hopefully someone brings a nice luggage rack to market soon sense I just ordered some soft bags :D. If nothing comes out pretty soon I'll order a set of hoops get some steel tubing and have a friend fabricate one for me. I'll give it a few more weeks. I've got a little over 3000 miles on it now, think it has settled in nicely.
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    They are the "real thing".

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    Shad has options for sidebags, soft or hard, as well as topcases.

    Just placed my order yesterday for top mount and case, stay tuned!
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    The set of 1157 I picked had pics with current measurements posted on Amazon, 3.1A on high, 2.3 on low.

    I am with you, usually by the number of SMDs and type you can validate if claims have any merits and based in reality or lala land.
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    I think 3000 miles qualifies you as a Versys 300 expert. That means we need a ride report from you:D
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    Best response yet..got a good chuckle.

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    Some online stores are now showing Givi pannier racks as Givi item #PL4121 but pricing and photos do not seem to be available yet. For example http://www.motorcycleplanet.co.uk/products/3010-givi-pl4121-pannier-rack-for-kawasaki-versys-300/ I assume these are the production moel of the prototype Givi showed some months ago. So, hopefully, it won't be too much longer before we see those ones.

    It's a shame Givi "universal" rack SBL2000 is not readily available in the Americas or Europe -- it seems to be an Asia-only product and its quite inexpensive to buy there.

    Which soft bags did you go with?
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    This is an image from the Safari Tanks Facebook page about their journey across Australia. A few questions..... What are the tires on each bike? Does anybody know about the skid plates? These look to be the Kawasaki crash bars with the integral light mounts, are they stout, or would the SW-Motech be better?



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  20. bombdefuzer

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    I can't zoom in enough to see if those are the Kawasaki crash bars. I have Kawasaki ones with the lights on mine. My bike fell over on the cement and the crash bars held up nicely. Just a small scratch on the bars. Very robust.

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