Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Brookline, New Hampster, America
Getting to know my X300
I rode my X300 to work several times this week. I leave for my 19 mile ride on back roads at 6am, just before sunrise. The temp was in the high teens, and I quickly missed the larger windshield and heated grips I had on my Super Tenere. The stock shield on my X300 dumps the frigid air straight onto my neck and face. No more riding with my faceshield always open, and I stuffed a scarf around my neck. A pair of small Tusk gauntlets over the hand controls kept my fingers quite comfortable. I have ordered an MRA X-creen Sport spoiler to redirect the wind over my helmet. My T-Rex skid plate and crashbars arrived on Tuesday, so I got busy and installed them, after watching the videos again. The skid plate is well made, but I am concerned about the mounting hardware. It utilizes the mounting holes for the lower plastic engine shields, which are retained with no modifications, and a bracket from the front of the engine supports the part that protects the head pipes. None of the mounting hardware underneath is countersunk, which I hope does not become an issue. My X300 will see off road use.
Installing the crashbars requires removing both upper and lower fairing plastic on both sides. Not difficult, but you must take care pulling the plastic posts out of their grommets. To my surprise, several grommets came out with the posts. Some WD-40 should fix that. Although the video is good, neither it nor the printed instructions mention the 3 "pushpins" on the front edge on either side. They are not readily apparent, and the potential is there to cause damage. Using a bright light and a long, thin flathead screwdriver, I was able to easily pop them free from the inside. All of this is necessary to give you working room to replace the front engine bolt with a longer rod. This is the main mounting point for the crashbars. The video shows the new longer rod being used to drive out and replace the original bolt, and they make it look so simple. Well, as soon as the original bolt was driven out, my engine shifted slightly downward, causing the engine and frame holes to go out of alignment enough to prevent installing the new rod. In my youth, I probably would've gotten a bigger mallet and damaged the threads on both ends. Instead, I got out my floor jack and a rubber cushion, and slowly raised the engine that tiny bit required to align the holes. The new rod then slid in easily. I guess the engine really is a stressed member of the frame. The plastic then gets reinstalled, and the crashbars mounted up. Not too terribly difficult, and I really like having the added protection for tipovers. I'll bet the replacement plastic costs more than the crashbars.
It was getting dark by this point, and only then did I notice the temp had dropped below freezing. I like to work outside, so my neighbors can hear my colorful commentary, and my garage is kinda cluttered. Anyhow, I fired up the bike, and what's this? No headlight? What the heck? I did a quick check of the fuse and a few connections, but no luck. Dejected and frustrated, I pushed my bike into my garage and called it a night. My brilliant interim plan was to leave for work 30 minutes later in the morning, cuz the sun would be up. I had the dealer look at it last night, and they could not fix it, so I dropped it off tonight after work. I'll be riding my Honda 250 Elite scooter to work tomorrow.
I installed my R&G Tank pads last night. They look great, and totally cover the scratches from my mud excursion. I'll post pics of everything when I get my bike back. Ride Safe(ly), Bob