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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-11-2017, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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2017 Versys x-300 rubber donut on front wheel

We have this light gray rubber donut-looking thing on the front wheel between the spokes and brake rotor. The dealer we bought it from said to leave it on. Another dealer said to cut it off. Do you X-300 owners have this or not? Show off hands please...




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Yep, i have one also. Someone posted on ADV its a resonance device in a service manual. I'm waiting to read what happens when you cut it off. I'm assuming to stop some brake rotor noise
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It's a damper. The KLR650C has it, while all the other KLRs don't.
Cut it off.
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I'm confused. I have had many bikes in my life without a rubber donut between the rotor and the spokes. I just would love to know what difference it makes. I have been wanting to cut it off since my purchase. It looks so damn cheap. Everyone keeps asking me what it is!
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I'm confused. I have had many bikes in my life without a rubber donut between the rotor and the spokes. I just would love to know what difference it makes. I have been wanting to cut it off since my purchase. It looks so damn cheap. Everyone keeps asking me what it is!
Cut it off. We all know looks are more important than function. You might even find a rubber damper on your front sprocket, but at least you can't easily see it. J/K.
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Yes, there is a rubber cushion around the front sprocket. I've seen these on several bikes I've owned. I guess it's to quiet the chain.
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Now that this thread is a couple of months old, who had cut theirs off and what was the result?

We purchased a 300 on Monday and I would like to remove it, but it would be hard to convince my dh to do so since it has an actual Maw Kaw part number.
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My opinion is that Kawasaki is not going to spend money to put something on the bike that they didn't think was necessary, or were required to add.

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I agree with you wholeheartedly about them putting unnecessary items on their bikes, but being it's so cheesy and that it seems like an after thought, I had to ask.
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My brothers 2008 KLX250S has one on the front wheel, too.
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I suspect the rubber donut is there to dampen any possible brake squeal and my plan is to leave it on.
It should be easy enough to remove the front wheel to remove the brake rotor from the hub so the rubber damper can be removed without damaging it. If your brake squeals, put it back on....
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Kawasaki has gone to great lengths to make the VX300 vibration-free. IMO, they have succeeded wonderfully. Leave it on!
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Every hot machine needs a rubber.
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Kawasaki has gone to great lengths to make the VX300 vibration-free. IMO, they have succeeded wonderfully. Leave it on!
I totally agree on that. Kawi wouldn't waist time and money installing a damper if it was useless. I'm leaving mine on. Stock rules.
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That was the first thing I modify. Just cut it off 😉
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