What a week!
Last Saturday I traded my perfectly fine 2012 Yam Super Tenere in on a new Kaw Versys X300.
A straight trade with the X300 loaded with accessories.
I won't go into why I was thinking about getting rid of the Tenere, but all the reviews and videos of the X300 have been very positive, besides it being a smaller bike.
I was intrigued.
Here's the kicker. After the dealer goes over the bike and tells me the break-in procedure,
(recommended Max RPM's, 4000 for 500 miles) I started home 80 miles away.
I left after 3:00 and they close at 4:00.
I quickly found out, 4K RPM's is 35 MPH in 6th gear! 35!
It's pretty much all highway back to my house, 55-60 MPH posted, and mostly double yellow centerlines.
Almost half way home and realizing if I turn around now, they would be closed, I forged on home.
Nearly 3 hours later, I made it, thank GOD they put hazard lights on that bike, now I know why!
Damn, at least my Yamaha break-in was; no sustained RPM's above 4K.
Now I can only guess NOBODY goes by the MAX recommended RPM as I did.
I was NOT going to spend another mile on that bike doing that other.............420 miles!
So I typed an email to send to the dealer about my ride home and a couple other small issues I had, seeing as they were not open till Tuesday and re-evaluate this whole thing.
To shorten this story, a corporate Kawasaki rep called me, assured I could ride it over 4K, somewhat, and will give me a one year extension on the warranty. (very unusual) He also said varying the RPM is most important (I agree) but why don't they put THAT in the manual?
I also asked the dealer what it would take to just get my Tenere back, and actually came back with a number much lower than I thought they would.
While the X300 fit me rather well for a smaller bike, it wasn't as comfortable in the long haul. Kind of restricting to move around.
So decision time and I'm leaning towards..........................heck I really can't make up my mind!
Kudos to Kawasaki for stepping in so quickly and kudos to the dealer, Ultimate Cycles near Richmond VA for being quick to respond and helpful in sorting this out for me.
BTW, apparently they are 9th in the nation for Kawasaki sales! I will surely be back in the future.
Last edited by ACE50; 08-30-2018 at 01:20 PM.