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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2017, 09:41:08 am »
nice lil bike, heavy at 184kilos though, damn
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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2017, 09:49:23 am »
Mmmmm......might have to trade in the KLR and I just got the suspension sorted :eek7: now what to tell the swambo :pot: :patch: :patch: :lol8: The bike will cost me double, because the rules of engagement state I have to spend an equal amount on her :eek7:
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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2017, 10:18:12 am »
nice lil bike, heavy at 184kilos though, damn
Where did they get the weight figure from? Did they weigh it?

On most websites I read 175kg fully fuelled, ready to ride.
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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2017, 10:22:41 am »
see here: https://www.kawasaki.com/Products/2017-Versys-X-300-ABS#accessoriesbuilder


Curb Weight
385.9 lb**

**Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).

Curb Weight
385.9 lb** = 175.087KG


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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2017, 08:52:35 pm »
see here: https://www.kawasaki.com/Products/2017-Versys-X-300-ABS#accessoriesbuilder


Curb Weight
385.9 lb**

**Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).

Curb Weight
385.9 lb** = 175.087KG


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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2018, 11:18:05 am »
so has anyone bought a versys 300? it seems to be R74-999 and not a bad idea for a commuter. do we have any actual owners?
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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2018, 12:47:33 pm »
We have sold at least 6 so far , all to customers who are very happy with them.
 

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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2018, 01:08:05 pm »
We have sold at least 6 so far , all to customers who are very happy with them.

ok great, any wilddogs who would care to share and more importantly any in JHB so that i can kick a tyre?
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2018, 10:16:03 am »
test riding one on Wednesday! it's really tall...
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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2018, 10:28:09 am »
I can't be with you but here's my thoughts on the one we had for a test ride:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=211825.msg3899065#msg3899065
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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2018, 10:46:03 am »
I can't be with you but here's my thoughts on the one we had for a test ride:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=211825.msg3899065#msg3899065
great report thanks! I see one in my future I think
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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2018, 08:03:19 am »
so has anyone bought a versys 300? it seems to be R74-999 and not a bad idea for a commuter. do we have any actual owners?

I have one, bought it late last year, now with just over 3k on the odo.
Loving it.
Commuting about 60km per day, and get 28-30 km/l on my route where 100km/h is the fastest stretch of road.
Taking the back roads I have seen range calculations in excess of 600km from only 17litres of fuel.
Wind it up though, and fuel consumption goes with it, as with any other bike.
It will sit on 130km/h on the highway for days on end (except if you have a pillion, with a headwind, going uphill  :biggrin:)
It is light and easy to maneuver and surprisingly stable in windy conditions (I live in Strand, so get that fairly often)
Took it to Cederberg last year, riding the tankwa gravel roads (katbakkies pass amongst others) and that was an absolute blast.

Make sure the demo you ride has been run in, as they are an absolute hoot to ride once the motor has loosened up.
Best is that you do not need to red-line it to enjoy, as many reviewers like to claim.

It does not win any awards in pi$$ing contests when it comes to top speed, or torque figures, but then again, if that is your thing, you would not consider 300cc of internal combustion in the first place.
 

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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2018, 08:08:33 am »


so has anyone bought a versys 300? it seems to be R74-999 and not a bad idea for a commuter. do we have any actual owners?

I have one, bought it late last year, now with just over 3k on the odo.
Loving it.
Commuting about 60km per day, and get 28-30 km/l on my route where 100km/h is the fastest stretch of road.
Taking the back roads I have seen range calculations in excess of 600km from only 17litres of fuel.
Wind it up though, and fuel consumption goes with it, as with any other bike.
It will sit on 130km/h on the highway for days on end (except if you have a pillion, with a headwind, going uphill  )
It is light and easy to maneuver and surprisingly stable in windy conditions (I live in Strand, so get that fairly often)
Took it to Cederberg last year, riding the tankwa gravel roads (katbakkies pass amongst others) and that was an absolute blast.

Make sure the demo you ride has been run in, as they are an absolute hoot to ride once the motor has loosened up.
Best is that you do not need to red-line it to enjoy, as many reviewers like to claim.

It does not win any awards in pi$$ing contests when it comes to top speed, or torque figures, but then again, if that is your thing, you would not consider 300cc of internal combustion in the first place.

fantastic thank you so much! yeah I don't think i biking past 160 makes sense anyway. and that little motor I've watched videos sounds very much lively. Wednesday taking one out, demo model so hopefully got some kilos on it.

have you added any extras? my list already is at hand guards, bash plate, maybe engine guards, cigarette fighter, spot lights. i havw soft luggage and top box i can transfer. and a nice exhaust. sounds a bit sewing machine like on the videos.
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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2018, 10:22:15 am »

fantastic thank you so much! yeah I don't think i biking past 160 makes sense anyway. and that little motor I've watched videos sounds very much lively. Wednesday taking one out, demo model so hopefully got some kilos on it.

have you added any extras? my list already is at hand guards, bash plate, maybe engine guards, cigarette fighter, spot lights. i havw soft luggage and top box i can transfer. and a nice exhaust. sounds a bit sewing machine like on the videos.

I have the kawasaki OEM crashbars and a custom bashplate sold by MadMac's.
Awaiting barkbuster V300X specific handguards, as the generic ones I found did not fit 100%.
And then a USB charging outlet is also on my to-do list.

I am also playing around with a button to disable the ABS for gravel roads, hoping someone else figures out how to do this without having to break the 25A ABS pump power supply circuit.
(Hoping to be able to work with one of the ABS sensor wires)
 

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« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2018, 05:40:53 pm »
ok test ride check. interesting. fits so nicely. exactly the correct dimensions. although I tried not to have expectations I did have some.

engine definately loves revving. that clutch is mad so smooth. it cruises at 130 easy peasy. not so easy adjusting your riding style, keeping it in its happy band takes a bit of training.

couldn't help thinking I wish it was a 500. it's so hard not to compare it to a big single having just climbed off one. I think after a while of riding it that will go away.

something to think about. I've asked for a fully financed quote. as it's just too heart braking letting my tenere go for what they offering.

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« Last Edit: February 15, 2018, 06:32:23 pm by dirtyXT »
Bike history:
Ital jet 50 - sold, DT 50 - scrapped - AR80 - sold DT185 - confiscated  KDX250 - sold ZZR400 - sold KX500 - XT660R Swapped for R1 YZF R1 - sold - XT660Z - sold

 

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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2018, 08:09:00 pm »
ok test ride check. interesting. fits so nicely. exactly the correct dimensions. although I tried not to have expectations I did have some.

engine definately loves revving. that clutch is mad so smooth. it cruises at 130 easy peasy. not so easy adjusting your riding style, keeping it in its happy band takes a bit of training.

couldn't help thinking I wish it was a 500. it's so hard not to compare it to a big single having just climbed off one. I think after a while of riding it that will go away.

something to think about. I've asked for a fully financed quote. as it's just too heart braking letting my tenere go for what they offering.

dirtyXT , i am also looking at this option for my wife. Do you think it would handle dirt roads with ease ? Going with knobby tyres off course. My wife hates tar road, She has about 6500km seat time. Little XR150
did the time so far. Thanks for the review, real review done by real bikers is what i am looking for.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2018, 08:19:09 pm »
yeah absolutely. it's a gem. in fact I'm going for a 2nd test ride. it's no beast but coming off a larger bike is a shift. wife? perfect.

it is near exactly what I need, only concern is lack of urgency in traffic. sometimes you need a little to avoid all sorts. off road? yes please
« Last Edit: March 16, 2018, 08:21:45 pm by dirtyXT »
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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2019, 05:46:26 pm »
Seriously considering one for commuting and short hops etc....

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Re: Kawasaki Versys 300 (twin) REVIEW by ZA Bikers site...
« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2019, 06:58:08 pm »
In my day that type of fourstroke like the silver dream? Had competition like the Yamaha RD a completely different beast 😎
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