Hi, bought my x300 two weeks ago, first one available in my area, olympia, wa.
This thing is geared very low, like a woods bike, which of course it is not.
I haven't found rear sprockets available yet. Any idea if Ninja 300 sprockets will fit?
I'm looking into buying a 300 X and have read owners describe them as revvers (300cc after all) but that the red line is WAY up there so maybe comparing the 300 to a larger capacity bike is unfair. They talk about speeds of 70-80 mph being easy enough but require the RPM's.
Its a screamer. About 8K at 70mph. I understand the plus 1 Counter Shaft Sprocket drops RPM's about 500 plus. It's happy at those RPM's and after a bit you don't realize it. I think Kawasaki should have left the tach off like my WR250R. I ran the piss out of the WR and it never bothered me since i never saw the RPM's. I shifted when the rev limiter kicked in. It was a screamer also. I was riding at 8800 ft above sea level at 75 mph, 8500 plus RPM's and it would easily pull the hills in 6th gear without slowing down. Speed was monitored from my GPS. I had no doubt it would have gone to 12K if I wanted.
How do you think the 300 X will go geared up? There is surely not much torque there for lower slower speeds. How will the gearing effect dirt roads/back roads? Hoping to hear your feedback once done. Cheers.
If you plan on holding 90 on the freeway on the 300 regearing would be necessary, but if you're gonna be going 75- 80 cruising I don't think it's necessary. I'd rather have have the low end available for the trails. Coming from thumpers I get the urge to not rev it so high, but this engine is made to do that. I was getting around 65 mpg between 6 and 8k rpm in 6th gear which is roughly 60-70 mph and it was very windy. If you're using it to commute on freeways I can see the desire to gear it up, but if you're gonna get out on a trail of leave well enough alone and just rev it to 8 or 9k.
The short answer is I don't know. I'll put my sprocket on this weekend. From what I heard, from others who have made the switch, it only gets you 500 rpm's or so. I don't think its going to change much of anything, on road or off, but I have to try it. Others on the ADV Forum have gone 1 up on the front and 2 or more down on the rear. They are mostly highway riders. I fall somewhere in the middle. I would leave it alone, but I just rode to an off road area and doing 9000 rpm's at 75 or 80 seems a bit much. Bottom line is like Wildemonster says, Off road leave it alone, on road raise the gears.
Thanks guys. I still have not got a like button yet so think I need to write another post on the intro page.
I have a V-Strom 650 and am looking for something almost as capable but a little lighter in case I drop it somewhere remote. I see that fully fuelled the X300 is 175 kgs. My V-Strom is "220 kgs wet" and I'm going to assume that means oil and water but not fuel.
So add another 20 kgs and the X 300 may be up to 65 kgs lighter than a Suzuki V-Strom 650. Ever picked up 65 kgs lately?
Plus I get a new toy to play with.
I appreciate your opinions and feedback.
you check engine light will come on after several miles just FYI but bike runs way better I went one up at front and 2 down in the rear I think this is way better gearing then stock one except the engine light I think there few people working on remaping this issue with ECU
I went with a 15T front sprocket about month or so ago and it's spot on. I still do a bunch of light trail riding in the Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests here in Southern California with my VX300 and I'm having a blast! It does lower the revs at highway speeds about 500ish rpm and the bike stills pulls nicely over 65mph.
I signed up for an X-300 yesterday, and the dealer will put a 15 tooth on the front. I'm quite confident that it will not be over geared - even on dirt roads and trails. Perhaps may even want to look at a rear sprocket later on.
Pick up on Wednesday. I even managed to include a set of Mitas E-07's at cost. Kawasaki green for me. I'll hang on to my V-Strom for a while at least.
Inside the faring near the headlight is a spare electrical plug (white plastic, a two bayonet type plug designed to ensure power and earth are not switched). I will be looking to find switched power for camera and perhaps phone/GPS. Any ideas? And why does Kawasaki require a relay between power and outlet?
I went 2 teeth up in the front and like it a lot, has anyone come up with a way to get the gear position to come back?
Do you think Kawasaki will come up with a fix. Check Eng. light stays on also.
I am thinking you have an issue independent from the regearing. I had a 15 tooth front installed and have no check engine or gear indicator issues. Could you have damaged the speed sensor during the change?
Does a 16 tooth front fit O.K.?
I also came across this on Kawasakininja300.com which must surely be identical to the X300 as after all the engine, and even the internal gear ratios are identical.
"The sensor will be on the left side, under the black cover right above where your shift rod attaches. The sensor will be a little black piece attached to the top of a metal bracket/cover, that bracket covers the front sprocket. It's pretty easy to get to honestly, you should try it, shouldn't take more than 10 minutes id say. I believe you need an 8 and 10 socket."
Could you have banged the sensor? or even interfered with its position?
No I did not damage the sensor and yes a 16 tooth fits with lots of room. On another forum someone changed the rear sprocket
by more then 3 teeth and the same thing happened. I do have a service manual and the error code reads " Gear position sensor
malfunction". I am guessing if you change the gear ratio to much the ECU can't read it anymore.