I recently purchased a 2017 Grey VX-300 with 900 miles on the odometer. The reason I ask how popular they are is because during my search on Cycle trader, there were/is a lot of leftover 2017's and 2018's listed from dealers here in Florida at some pretty great prices, some starting as low as $3300. But as we all know, those numbers will change drastically as they add the infamous freight & setup fees, plus TTT. I was able to avoid the freight & set up fees because it was a trade in by a husband who purchased it for his wife who didn't like it, fortunately for me.
As far as durability, I know that there are several factors involved such as how good or bad a bike is treated, and regular maintenance being performed. But, I'm just curious as to what kind of mileages are out there, especially problem free mileages on the VX-300? The reason I'm asking is because I'm a pretty seasoned rider, but I haven't owned a Japanese manufactured bike in many years. Over the last 15 years, I've been riding primarily European bikes such as Moto Guzzi's and Triumphs. Prior to that, I've owned bikes from all four of the major Japanese manufacturers and an overall experience with them as being very reliable. So just curious, is that still the case, or has modern technology such as ECU's ABS, electronically controlled suspensions and such thrown some wrenches into that reputation?
Kawasaki motorcycles in general are top notch in reliability, but unlike Honda also have "character" which, as a European bike owner you understand. If you are having second thoughts about the bike I will be there this weekend and give you what you paid for it.
Do the 1st service and then rev that baby up to red line and you will realize what a gem you have bought. If you want a little more low end grunt and don't care about long stints on the highway go up 2 teeth on the rear sprocket. Look up Fortnine's review and other videos with the Versys X-300 as well as MC Comutes, and one where Ari and Zak take the X-300 and the 250 Rally on a weekend adventure.
Kawasaki also offers the cheapest extended warranties and stands behind their warranties.
I had a wire rub under the fuel tank on my Voyager 1700 that left me stranded in a rainstorm and a local Honda shop fixed it because there was no Kawasaki shop around. Kawasaki reimbursed me for the repairs and ended up issuing a recall to fix all the bikes. I kept that bike 60,000 miles.
I know of guys with the 650 twin engines that got over 100,000 miles on them with only minor repairs.
Let me know, I can have the trailer hooked up to the truck tomorrow.