Kawasaki Versys-X 300

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

  1. rideforzen

    rideforzen Been here awhile

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    If you want the most for your money and can't preform maintenance wait for winter rates. Usually Nov Dec are the best times for discounts. Where I used to work it was 20% off labor, tires and parts at times in the winter. Or find a trusted independent shop or a mechanical friend, then it's just beer and pizza. Many of the Ninja 300 guys mentioned paying $3-400 for valve maintenance and for most the first ,was just a check. Rarely needed adjusting. Some stating it didn't need adjusting untill 20k miles.

    But the Ninja is a weekend race bike with a 13000+ redline. Constantly running the bike at redline and the possibility of the bike being raced is most likely the reason for the earlier valve checks. Kawi is just covering their butts. The shim under bucket is a very robust, high performance design.
  2. Ken in Regina

    Ken in Regina Been here awhile

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    You won't get winter discounts around here. Majority of bike dealers also do snow machines. Indeed in a decent winter they generally do better business with snowmobiles than they do with bikes in summer. So their shops are at least as busy in winter as summer.

    ...ken...
  3. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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    What does this post have to do with the Versys-X 300? Were you here to find information or provide information about these bikes or were you coming here to try and stir things up?
  4. rideforzen

    rideforzen Been here awhile

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    Do you have independent mechanics or friends that could help if your on a tight budget ?
  5. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Enthusiastic curmudgeon

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    Yep... But it's still gonna cost him! :deal:ksteve:lol3

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  6. rideforzen

    rideforzen Been here awhile

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    The tires cost less for the most part. The brakes , chain and sprockets should last longer with less power. My gas costs are far less than the larger bikes. And insurance is $7 a month for full coverage. Much less than my larger bikes were. The lightweight will help avoid doctor bills from back strains if it does fall over. There are some savings involved with smaller CC , lighter bikes.

    And I agree with your points somanyfishes.
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  7. dubtruker

    dubtruker Been here awhile

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    Awesome, I am looking for a used Versys 300X hopefully some will come up soon for cheap after the guys who can't work on their own bikes decide to sell instead of check the valves. Or maybe someone will trade me theirs for my CB500X.
  8. Aleeoop70

    Aleeoop70 EX-MX Adv Tourist

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    Before forming an educated opinion on any motorcycle and especially before purchase, one must actually ride it. No matter how much one has heard or read, no one is qualified to make an informed decision (or offer informed commentary) before that step is completed. There is absolutely no substitute for a number of miles of "seat of the pants" impression.
  9. Aleeoop70

    Aleeoop70 EX-MX Adv Tourist

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    Please tell me where you get full coverage insurance for your VX-3 for $7 per month.
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  10. rideforzen

    rideforzen Been here awhile

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    Even at $2000 dollars your letting him off cheap. :D







    Joking
  11. rideforzen

    rideforzen Been here awhile

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    American Family Insurance
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    rideforzen Been here awhile

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    You have to carry the insurance for a year at a time. Many Oregon riders ride 3 months or so a year then they are done. I think that's why it's so low here. Plus multi vehicle and home bundled.
  13. YJake

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    I'm paying $11 a month per bike, I'm getting cheated! :lol3

    My truck is $95 :bluduh I've only owned a bike for transportation before and it saved me A LOT of money when I was younger. I'd do it again if I had to.

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  14. rideforzen

    rideforzen Been here awhile

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    I was on a sr22 mandatory insurance when in my early 20 and insurance for my 70 Camaro was almost $300 a month because of a few speeding tickets. That XT500 allowed me to show the state some proof. LoL And what a fun bike.
  15. michaelkozera

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    just did the valves on the v300x, all shims where in spec,
    ex suppose to be:0.22mm-0.29mm, i got 0.25mm on one and 0.26mm on the other
    intake suppose to be 0.15mm-0.24mm i got 0.2mm on both.

    so both are right in the middle of their specs. same goes for my crf500L, the engine after 5 valve checks have been completely within spec. altho yes at my last 150,000km valve check i measured the one of the exhaust valves to be approaching its upper limit (still within spec tho) , so i changed it out but didnt have too.




    people have to understand:
    -that as long as u change ur oil at the recommended interval (manual states 12,000km),
    -dont rev the shit out of your engine ,
    -and dont idle ur engine for too long, especially on cold start up, start it, let it idle for 30-60secs to get the oil moving then take off gently and ride gently for the first 5 mins. the faster you can get your bike to operating temp the less wear ur engine experiences.

    do these things and the valves will stay within spec throughout the life of the engine. reason is the valves tighten over time ( spring stretches the valve rod) but at the exact same time the bucket/and or shim is being worn down by friction. and yes the engineers that built the engine designed it to stretch and wear at the same rate so that the valves stay within spec. of course this is only the case if u ride it normally. my sport bikes were constantly going out of spec because i rode at 12,000rpm+ all the time, cuz sport bike.
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  16. YJake

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    And insurance on motorcycles isn't required where I live either. I bet that'll blow the socks off of a lot of Canadians :lol3.

    -Jake
  17. rideforzen

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    Many won't ride in the rain or below 50 or so. It's weird. The riding season is much longer for the minority . But freeway water spray at 70 in rush hour plus bad drivers, is more than some care to deal with. And I get that also.
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  18. michaelkozera

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    to address other comments in this thread.
    dont like the service fees, then learn to do your own valve checks and maintenance.

    way back when i first started motorbikes took me 8-10 hrs to do a valve check, it now takes me 1-2hrs depending on the bike........


    i go to dealership for one thing and one thing only, to buy a motorbike. i balance my own tires, do my own valves, brakes, tires, chains, oil, coolant, etc ,etc great way to learn about your motorbike.





    assuming you do all your own maintenance , i have personally found that motorbikes are cheaper to own ( cost per KM) then a car. cheaper on gas, way cheaper on insurance, and about the same for maintenance. slight edge to the car for maintenance.

    i drive a small car too, but even still all in ,motorbike costs me about half of what my car costs on a per year basis. this would become even more the case if i drove a truck/SUV which as most know cost 3-4 times more then a car per year. Then agian a sport bike costs 3 times more then my current bikes.
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  20. YJake

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    Basically.

    Instead of coming after your insurance company the other party's insurance comes after you.

    If it's a single vehicle accident with no property damage belonging to another party you have to go after yourself. :photog

    -Jake
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