Kawasaki Versys-X 300

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

  1. rockt

    rockt Long timer

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    +1 on the Pro Grips. Used them on my DR650 and DR250 thumpers and they're really effective. I'm guessing the VX3 vibes are less than either of those bikes.
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  2. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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  3. RedEX

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    Did you already buy one? This seems to be a recurring question. If it were me and I was that concerned about it, I'd just buy the non-ABS version (and save several hundred dollars in the process!). Anyway, maybe check with Eastern Beaver, he's been making plug & play options for a while now, and hopefully he can come up with something for the VX-300.

    Also, there were good instructions regarding V-Stroms, to install a DIY switch for the ABS. I did it for my own bike and it wasn't hard at all. Maybe a wiring diagram for the VX would indicate which wire to isolate for your switch installation, and proceed accordingly. Good luck!
  4. Mocha1

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    What is the consensus regarding this bikes offload performance? I know that 7in of ground clearance is not a lot but I have seen videos of the x300 being ridden on some fairly rocky 2 track roads?. I'm asking as my xr650l counter shaft is stripped and Im looking at getting this bike as a replacement, I do mostly city riding but I would like to be able to ride 2 track and maybe a little bit of single track.
    Thanks!
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  5. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2015 Subaru Forester

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    Interesting.

    Two first time posters (welcome:freaky) on the same page, and a forum lifer posted too.

    That is a great sign for the X 300.

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    I've never ridden one, but from what I've gathered, the stock Suspension does a surprisingly good job on Forest Roads.
    She is a soft Roadie, and not made for Jeep Trails.
    When you consider she is just $5,399, you can put in a $750 Suspension upgrade and push the bike much furt into the dirt.

    So the better question is,

    How good of a platform is the X for offroading?

    I would post she has a great index rating.
    Far, far better than most ADV Styling bikes (CB500X).

    Lastly, the bike seems like a little demon in the Twisties.
    I've demo road the Yamaha R3 and that bike takes off after 7,000rpm.
    I'm sure the X 300 will have plenty of acceleration for folks who want a sub 400lbs bike to tour around on.
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  6. Mocha1

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    Thanks for the info, I think I found one for about 3k so I will have money for upgrades.
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  7. bombdefuzer

    bombdefuzer Been here awhile

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    Coming from a lot of dirt riding in the Mojave, LA Barstow to Vegas on XRs, CRs, KTM EXCs, Adventure 640..I wouldn't consider the 300X for off road. Not even consider it for a second. Yeah a dirt road here and there..a short trail for 1st gear...but off road as I define it (California off road..Panamints, Randsburg, Ocatillo) no way. Just my opinion, yours may differ and I'm OK with that.

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  8. Mocha1

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    Thanks for the perspective sounds like you have quite a bit of experience, Im kinda looking forward to see what the x300 can do.
  9. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2015 Subaru Forester

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    Not an off road bike at all.

    It could be done, but it would suck, and could be dangerous.

    In North America, we have thousands of miles of easy dirt roads a Toyota Corolla can drive on.
    The Versys can handle these while standing at a 2-3 times the speed of the Corolla.
    :D
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  10. Mocha1

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    I defiantly dont plan to blast down any single tracks but AZ has plenty of relatively flat trails that I think the x300 will be well suited for
    this is what I have ridden my xr650l on in the past https://imgur.com/a/upIF9
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  11. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2015 Subaru Forester

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    Nice illustration!

    Some more grip would be worth while after the first set of tyres are gone.

    The small wheel base of the Versys would be ok on the second pic, with the correct approach line and momentum.
    57.1" is actually less than the wheel base on the CRF RALLY.
  12. Mocha1

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    thanks, i think on that middle pick i was never able to make it up the hill on my xr if i keep the versys for a bit i plan to see what can be do give it more ground clearance maybe even a fork swap up front and a modded linkage in the rear.... or i could just by a dirt bike lol
  13. Ken in Regina

    Ken in Regina Been here awhile

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    Same here. My BMW F650GS grips have become worn and a little on thin side. I bought some inexpensive foam grip covers rather than deal with trying to replace the heated grips. I liked the foam and larger diameter of the grips so much I did the same to my VX300. Love them!

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  14. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    FWIW, if you have heated grips, the heat travels thru the foam and to the hands almost as quickly as w/o the foam grips installed. tp dd50
  15. RuffnReadyXJ

    RuffnReadyXJ Strait 250 adventure'n...

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    Took a 300X for a little rip around tonight. It was geared +1 up front and -3 out back, cruises 75-80 no problem. I really liked it! Definitely not a long haul bike and definitely not meant for anything but dirt roads. With that being said I normally ride a KLX with a 331 kit and obviously set up for dirt so anything else feels like a total cruiser in my book. I'm heavily considering the V3X for a commuter and I think the bike will be a total hoot to ride in the mountains, plus I'll mob it off road. I think the bike has great potential basically the way it is. I'd just get heated grips, hand guards, some nice big blocky tires, swap my soft luggage and enjoy it the way it is. Maybe a decent skid if ones available. I'd love to use it to bounce over to gold country or the Sierras/Yosemite for solo weekend tooling around.

    Any solid numbers on fuel range or even oil consumption during long rides?
  16. Ken in Regina

    Ken in Regina Been here awhile

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    It will do just fine on 2 track and single track as long as you aren't climbing big rocks and logs. Bullwinkle and I were out in the Rockies for a few days last month and were pleased with its logging road performance. Stock tires worked better than expected, keeping in mind they aren't knobs.

    We spent most of the time on the twisty pavement but it wasn't because we had any concerns about its off pavement abilities.

    No, it's not a genuine "dirt" bike but it's just fine for casual trail riding. Need more traction? Get different tires.

    ...ken...
  17. Mocha1

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    thanks for the info
  18. bombdefuzer

    bombdefuzer Been here awhile

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    Yeah everyone has a different idea of "dirt riding". I took mine on a fairly knarly rocky slight uphill trail here in Vietnam. It was a bit of a pucker but on a real dirt bike I could do it with 1 hand on the bars and in second gear. Small dirt forest service types of roads would be fine. If you get a 300 + Lb bike going into a slide, it's really hard to recover. The suspension would need to be stiffened up and many other mods in my opinion. It's easier and more fun to have more than 1 bike to do different things. For the roads and speeds here in Vietnam, the Versys is perfect. I would have a hard time enjoying it in the USA unless all I rode were secondary roads, but I like it so much I may buy one in the USA and stash it in N.H. at my storage unit. N.H. has great roads and the speeds in the townships are generally max 30 - 35 MPH.
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  19. Mocha1

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    i can't imagine riding in Vietnam sounds like it would be a lot of fun
  20. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Just wondering here... Kawi does not claim that the VX3 to be an off road bike, like they do the new revitalized KLX250. If an owner's VX3 is used off road, and causes a problem that a warranty claim is placed for, will Kawi refuse to honor the claim, as the bike was not used as intended. Kinda hard to hide off road use.
    Again, just wondering, as the bike is still so new, that usage/"abusive" problems aren't widely known or experienced yet. tp