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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-12-2019, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Considering an X 300

Hi Everyone.....

I'm considering buying an X 300 and was hoping to hear from you learned folk, what they like to live with ?

What are the pro's and cons ?

Ive read the gearing needs changing for day to day road use / light off road - what have you guys done ??

What other mods / changes would you recommend ?

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They keep asking to be ridden on pot-hole filled roads and to be left out of the sun

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It's been a good go-to bike for me for commuting. It does have some power but it's not going to blow to away but it will be fun and manageable for most people. It looks good and gets good mileage.

I immediately put on T-Rex crash bars and a T-Rex exhaust slider. Upgrade the crappy headlights and I'd get a set of fog lights for it, too.

Get a Bike Master 12v power socket and the Kawasaki relay for it.

Part # 27002-1086* for the relay for the 12v socket.

Given my experiences, these types of decisions are best done on the fly and when you're out riding then you can decide if you regret your purchase or not.

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Just live with first gear the way it is by using second from 0 instead.

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i have read that link....

then read it again......

then again...

and haven't got a clue what you're on about lol
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i have read that link....

then read it again......

then again...

and haven't got a clue what you're on about lol
is it something to do with how many posts you have to do before you can post pictures ??
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Just live with first gear the way it is by using second from 0 instead.

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i test rode one today and the low gearing was not perfect...
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i test rode one today....

and as they had a CB300R too - test rode that "back to back" ....
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i test rode one today....

and as they had a CB300R too - test rode that "back to back" ....
The conclusion i came to was that for me, the 300R is a much better bike - more fun to ride and more nimble than the Versys...

So deposit paid on the 300F and my last post here !
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Awesome bike for commuting, nice and nimble so you can throw it around. Can easily take into gravel and on a beach with the stock tires but more knobbly tires would be better if doing anything more serious / extended periods of time.

Agreed with starting in second first gear is very short, however this is nice when using off road.

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The conclusion i came to was that for me, the 300R is a much better bike - more fun to ride and more nimble than the Versys...



So deposit paid on the 300F and my last post here !
A cold end to what would have been a promising decision.

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Awesome bike for commuting, nice and nimble so you can throw it around. Can easily take into gravel and on a beach with the stock tires but more knobbly tires would be better if doing anything more serious / extended periods of time.



Agreed with starting in second first gear is very short, however this is nice when using off road.



First dual purpose bike with 10,000kms on the clock and no regrets or desires to change so far.
There was some gravel, well there is gravel and tar debris on a few streets around here because they're doing construction on a lot of Bronx streets so I use 1st gear in those situations. I still like the bike. I would like to have that 650 Versys but idk if I could touch the floor with my boots.

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Just live with first gear the way it is by using second from 0 instead.

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Seriously? When I test rode it there wasn't enough grunt off the line. I would change the gearing for more get up and go and less top speed based on the way I was planning on using it.

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Yep, he should have tried the Ninja 400 before deciding on the Honda. His loss.

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Seriously? When I test rode it there wasn't enough grunt off the line. I would change the gearing for more get up and go and less top speed based on the way I was planning on using it.
Yeah but it seems pretty complicated and you're limited to only a certain amount of teeth before the ECU acts up. If only they made a piggy back ECU like they do for the KTM Duke 390 and you could make ECU adjustments. That's what I do. 2nd as if it's 1st. In the future I'm probably going to sell the 300 for a 650 Versys anyway but maybe I should reconsider changing the sprocket.

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I've riden my Husaberg FE390 in Colorado, New Mexico and part of the TransAmerica Trail - BUT THE BERG SEAT IS TORTURE and the plastic subframe does not allow luggage. SO, I just bought a new Versys X300. I often ride alone and need a bike I can pick up. The power is fine for me - I'm 70 years old - and the handling is a dream. Add a seat pad, use 2nd gear as first unless you are off read in gnarly stuff, and you're good to go. My X300 handles very much like my friends Yamaha MT O7 I rode recently (obviously a lot less power) - very nimble and it hides its weight very well. The factory headlight of my 2018 (bought new in 2019) is not as bad a some say, but an LED upgrade will be coming. I mainly bought the X300 to ride the TransAmerica Trail. I rode the Colorado section last Sept and the Husaberg did VERY well (I use MT43 Trials tires) but uncomfortable seat and plastic subframe made me decide to get a lightweight ADV bike. The X300 will do everyone I need for it to do on gravel and back woods trails. I know, I'm already doing it on some backwoods roads and some loose, steep hills! Yes, it needs more aggressive tires for what I have planned, but the stock tires are surprising me. I love this little gem! I've added T-Rex engine guards and a T-Rex skid plate. Plan to add fog lights on the guard bars and a handle bar riser. With new tires and my soft panniers, I'll be ready for the TAT! KawaGeezer in SW Colorado
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I've riden my Husaberg FE390 in Colorado, New Mexico and part of the TransAmerica Trail - BUT THE BERG SEAT IS TORTURE and the plastic subframe does not allow luggage. SO, I just bought a new Versys X300. I often ride alone and need a bike I can pick up. The power is fine for me - I'm 70 years old - and the handling is a dream. Add a seat pad, use 2nd gear as first unless you are off read in gnarly stuff, and you're good to go. My X300 handles very much like my friends Yamaha MT O7 I rode recently (obviously a lot less power) - very nimble and it hides its weight very well. The factory headlight of my 2018 (bought new in 2019) is not as bad a some say, but an LED upgrade will be coming. I mainly bought the X300 to ride the TransAmerica Trail. I rode the Colorado section last Sept and the Husaberg did VERY well (I use MT43 Trials tires) but uncomfortable seat and plastic subframe made me decide to get a lightweight ADV bike. The X300 will do everyone I need for it to do on gravel and back woods trails. I know, I'm already doing it on some backwoods roads and some loose, steep hills! Yes, it needs more aggressive tires for what I have planned, but the stock tires are surprising me. I love this little gem! I've added T-Rex engine guards and a T-Rex skid plate. Plan to add fog lights on the guard bars and a handle bar riser. With new tires and my soft panniers, I'll be ready for the TAT! KawaGeezer in SW Colorado
Wow. I agree with everything you said but that trial is too far away from me. Lol. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying your bike. I plan on taking mine up to Pittsfield, MA from the Bronx real soon and did the same upgrades to the bike as you. Looking to also get a good pair of fog lights.

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