X300 Tested on and off rd
I have had my x300 for a while now. It has 1200 km on it.
My thoughts so far..
On back roads this is a cool littl bike. Sounds like an F1 car running though the gears at high RPM
Handles corners better than I would have expected.
On the highway I would like to see it run along at a little lower RPM. I find it hard to believe it could last very long at these high RPMs
Now considering this , it is one cool ass motor. So smooth and so willing to rev. Such a wide working RPM range.
On the dirt.
I was out on some fire roads today and found the bike sliding all over like riding on marbles.
The ride was very rough.
I decided to try lowering the tire pressure to aprox 10 psi.
The ride was immediately improved and my running speed increased to around 50 mph.
But I did still have issues with harsh bottoming of the front forks on potholes. These potholes were not anything that would have unsettled a true dirt bike. But hit very hard on the versys. A true weak spot n the design.
As for the motor.........this is one of the best 4 stroke motors I have ever run in the dirt. Who would have figured a twin cyl screamer would be such an impressive dirt bike motor.
I slowed down for a rough section and once cleared of the big rocks I twisted my wrist and fanned the clutch. The back tire broke loose and I shifted into 3rd and continued to spin until I hit 10k when all hell broke loose and the rear of the bike tried to pass me. It was like the top end rush you get from a high strung 2 stroke.
This motor in a dirt bike with long travel suspension would be absolutely WICKED......
Now on the other hand give me a versys with longer travel suspension pls . Because even at 59 I still like to go fast get some air and slide around turns on dirt roads. And this motor is light and a dream in the dirt. It was very very Inpressive.
Picture yourself at 10k rpm all sideways at 10/10ths with a roster tail of dirt spraying from the rear tire.
Kawasaki pls add updated suspension to the list of goodies for the X300. Because if you do, the Versys becomes one hell of a wicked kick ass dirt bike..... or at least one of the very best any road any time best selling little monsters ever produced..
I did come out of this with one issue........ since my high speed off road adventure the versys is now sitting much lower...
I can touch flat footed now wear I couldn't before this excursion... seems I may have compressed the springs....
What can I say
So much more potential in the off road is just waiting to be released from this bike...
I can't emphasize this enough....