Right now there is a promotion posted on the Kawasaki.ca website (in Canada) for your choice of accessories for free with the purchase of a new x-300. (See attached pic) I just put down my deposit on the bike but havenít decided which are the best accessories to get. Any suggestions?
Options are: 1) saddlebags. 2)center stand + raised seat. 3)Engine guard + center stand. 4)Engine guard + raised seat
Ultimately you need to go with what matters most to you. As you can see, we'll all have our own preferences and priorities. But there's lots of good info in all those replies to help you make the decision. ... Or confuse you even more. :-)
So let me add my personal prefs and experience to the noise... I have the factory centrestand, handguards, and 12V outlet on mine. I've added the Kappa K46 46 liter top case from my BMW F650GS and a RAM powered GPS mount.
I love how easy the centrestand makes lubing the chain. If you never go far enough away from home that you can always lube the chain at home with some sort of stand or other homegrown widget, probably not an issue. But if you often need to lube the chain somewhere away, it's a necessity in my opinion.
I got the factory handguards mainly for wind/weather protection and I'm very happy I did. They work. They're also fine for protection from small branches in the bush.
In hindsight I probably wouldn't bother with the 12V outlet. I didn't use it once all season. I have other options.
My personal preference is for a topcase versus bags. Mine is large enough for two full-face helmets or all my weather gear and one full-face helmet. Or two large pizzas and a two-four. :-) If being able to haul a few groceries home or fit odd stuff like your jacket with back, shoulder, and elbow pads, there's no comparison. After nearly 9 years of using a top case on my bikes I've never found them to have a negative effect on the handling.
Finally, about the seat. I am satisfied with the seat. I really like the shape, especially the flatness. Many think it's very uncomfortable. After dozens of comments about it over on ADVRider it seems clear that no matter which of Kawasaki's factory seats you get they are all too firm for those who don't like the stocker. So if you need a taller seat and find the stock seat too hard you're better off looking at an aftermarket solution of some kind. Which means you should wait until you've ridden it for awhile to see if you want something different either for comfort or for better leg room.
One guy's opinion's...