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Brand new 2022 model now with ~400 miles and my thoughts thus far:

Having owned a Ninja 500 the past four years, the engine and its characteristics are quite familiar. While on paper it would seem the only place power can be had is >7000rpm, the engine will actually lug 6th gear @ 25mph and even accelerate, albeit not briskly.

Just installed a 43t rear sprocket today. Gotta say, best mod for anyone not looking to ride with a gang of CRF300Ls in an actual offroad situation.

Had a few "initial quality" issues JD Power & Associates might be interested in. Firstly, my clutch safety switch wasn't plugged in at the dealer. Haven't seen one of these crated so I've no idea if part of dealer prep but a full checklist sure oughtta be. Secondly, my left radiator hose sprung a leak thanks to a stay-open spring clamp left in the stay-open position, almost certainly at the factory. Lastly (for now anyway), my handlebars were crooked which required loosening the triple clamps to correct, which makes me wonder if these are crated with the bars off and forks slid up, making this another dealer prep failure.

Bike's height takes getting used to (from my fleet anyway) so when it feels I'm going slow I look down to see I'm actually 20mph over the limit...often. Anyone unhappy with this bike's performance should be reminded over and over again that it's a mere 296cc and, if they still don't get it, be given a VIP subscription to YammieNoob's YouTube channel where they can join others who think every bike should have a 'Busa motor.

Seat is hard and I'd planned on a Corbin but it's actually breaking in well and getting more comfortable with time. Will make my seat decision before Spring but for now I'm gonna say stock will probably be fine, or maybe a slightly modded stock one anyway.

Dyno'd the bike today. Same numbers all the major outlets got of course. The promising bit of news is a full 2HP increase when I removed the air filter and its cover! The airbox has historically been a bottleneck for the Ninja family and this is no exception. A full 2HP at the wheels is pretty huge for a bike only laying down 32 ponies to begin with. Once I get my Delkevic full system, a K&N filter and some airbox cutting will also be part of my power increase plan.

My buddy who owns the dyno just got the proper cable to flash the Versys X 300 and already knew from its literature that he now has the capability of correcting the issues with error codes thrown by the previous ECU part number because of sprocket changes. Anyone who wants more drastic sprocket changes than their ECU will tolerate should contact a tuner with this cable.

Accessories are expensive and quite scarce. I've ordered Shad luggage and supports, both of which won't be here for two months. I've also ordered a Puig windscreen that won't even be in stock again for a week. T-Rex is sold out of center stands and Mama Kaw can KMA for wanting $333 for theirs. Guess SW Motech is the only option.

I found the Sumitomo 2-pin connector (with pigtails) for the accessory light plug on Amazon here:


Have Kawi hand guards on order. Contemplating Koso heated grips. My LED conversion is about halfway done thus far.

Anyway...having had no test ride of this bike before shelling out six large, I'm pleasantly surprised by its performance and super stoked to add it to the stable. I wanted a commuter, errand runner, fuel sipper, corner carver, and light-trail capable bike and what a Swiss Army knife this thing turned out to be!

More to come...

 

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Brand new 2022 model now with ~400 miles and my thoughts thus far:

Having owned a Ninja 500 the past four years, the engine and its characteristics are quite familiar. While on paper it would seem the only place power can be had is >7000rpm, the engine will actually lug 6th gear @ 25mph and even accelerate, albeit not briskly.

Just installed a 43t rear sprocket today. Gotta say, best mod for anyone not looking to ride with a gang of CRF300Ls in an actual offroad situation.

Had a few "initial quality" issues JD Power & Associates might be interested in. Firstly, my clutch safety switch wasn't plugged in at the dealer. Haven't seen one of these crated so I've no idea if part of dealer prep but a full checklist sure oughtta be. Secondly, my left radiator hose sprung a leak thanks to a stay-open spring clamp left in the stay-open position, almost certainly at the factory. Lastly (for now anyway), my handlebars were crooked which required loosening the triple clamps to correct, which makes me wonder if these are crated with the bars off and forks slid up, making this another dealer prep failure.

Bike's height takes getting used to (from my fleet anyway) so when it feels I'm going slow I look down to see I'm actually 20mph over the limit...often. Anyone unhappy with this bike's performance should be reminded over and over again that it's a mere 296cc and, if they still don't get it, be given a VIP subscription to YammieNoob's YouTube channel where they can join others who think every bike should have a 'Busa motor.

Seat is hard and I'd planned on a Corbin but it's actually breaking in well and getting more comfortable with time. Will make my seat decision before Spring but for now I'm gonna say stock will probably be fine, or maybe a slightly modded stock one anyway.

Dyno'd the bike today. Same numbers all the major outlets got of course. The promising bit of news is a full 2HP increase when I removed the air filter and its cover! The airbox has historically been a bottleneck for the Ninja family and this is no exception. A full 2HP at the wheels is pretty huge for a bike only laying down 32 ponies to begin with. Once I get my Delkevic full system, a K&N filter and some airbox cutting will also be part of my power increase plan.

My buddy who owns the dyno just got the proper cable to flash the Versys X 300 and already knew from its literature that he now has the capability of correcting the issues with error codes thrown by the previous ECU part number because of sprocket changes. Anyone who wants more drastic sprocket changes than their ECU will tolerate should contact a tuner with this cable.

Accessories are expensive and quite scarce. I've ordered Shad luggage and supports, both of which won't be here for two months. I've also ordered a Puig windscreen that won't even be in stock again for a week. T-Rex is sold out of center stands and Mama Kaw can KMA for wanting $333 for theirs. Guess SW Motech is the only option.

I found the Sumitomo 2-pin connector (with pigtails) for the accessory light plug on Amazon here:


Have Kawi hand guards on order. Contemplating Koso heated grips. My LED conversion is about halfway done thus far.

Anyway...having had no test ride of this bike before shelling out six large, I'm pleasantly surprised by its performance and super stoked to add it to the stable. I wanted a commuter, errand runner, fuel sipper, corner carver, and light-trail capable bike and what a Swiss Army knife this thing turned out to be!

More to come...

Ha, I love your Yammie Noob reference! 😅 Regarding seats, I am one of the few that was able to tolerate the stock seat, but after a year and a half plus 17,000 miles of ownership, I went ahead and sprang for the Kawasaki "Ergo" seat. The dealership where I bought my bike is still offering me discounts on accessories, so it was a no-brainer. I think I paid about $250 for it, and although I didn't feel like I needed it, I do like it. PM me for details if you're interested.

Great post! Safe travels. (y)
 

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Shad supports arrived today, at least six weeks ahead of ETA...seemed to be coming from overseas yet return address was Miami...go figure. We'll see how long the bags take, they definitely have an international tracking number attached to them.

After checking that every part was for sure in stock, Partzilla emailed me this morning to inform me my hand guards are on indefinite backorder...ugh...so I canceled the whole shebang and ordered them from Revzilla. The accessory relay was out of stock there so got it from Amazon. For such an "underpowered" bike these sure seem to be popular. Either that or this whole manufactured "supply chain crisis" has claimed yet another victim.

My mod list is actually pretty short since I'm not looking to weigh down a delightfully light bike with a half ton of farkles I won't use. Just want mainly storage (Shad setup is very light) and cold weather accessories. Also going to hopefully co-design a 3D printed lightbar mount for folks who don't want/need to spring for the engine guards. Thinking perhaps some "J" shaped brackets that attach to the fairing framework and then provide two mounting points below the headlight for maybe a 10-14" lightbar.
 

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I'm currently waiting on an international shipment, myself.

Although I currently use a set of Givi E22 sidecases, I decided to try out some soft cases as well. I narrowed it down to the Givi 25-L "Canyon" bags, and the bonus is that they have an integrated back plate that locks onto my existing Givi rack.

Well, Revzilla wants $599 for that set. Ouch.
Google search led me to Carpi Moto, in Italy. I'd actually ordered from them before, so it seemed like a pretty safe bet.

Hold on to your seats boys & girls, their retail price is €296.00, (that's EUROS), which in USD is... $297.00 !!!
Yes, Revzilla offers free shipping, while Carpi Moto charged $39.50 for international delivery. I'm still saving $260 bucks!
Their shipping is through DHL, pretty quick delivery from past experience. So, I ordered the bags late last Friday, and tracking shows them due to arrive in Michigan this coming Friday.

So if anyone is considering any major Givi purchases, you might look into Carpi Moto.
 

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Although I currently use a set of Givi E22 sidecases, I decided to try out some soft cases as well.
I considered the Shad soft cases but their website is confusing as to whether they mount using the same mounts as the hard luggage. Maybe it's lost in translation but I know my son also had considerable difficulty ordering from Givi for his NC750X and ended up with some costly duplicate parts as a result.
 

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I considered the Shad soft cases but their website is confusing as to whether they mount using the same mounts as the hard luggage. Maybe it's lost in translation but I know my son also had considerable difficulty ordering from Givi for his NC750X and ended up with some costly duplicate parts as a result.
Oh, I'm not ordering directly from Givi. I've been on their site just to check products, but never to buy anything.

I presume that Carpi Moto gets a better deal to sell Givi stuff, since they're both in Italy. (?)
Not to mention the USD/Euro exchange rate is pretty favorable.
 

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Oh, I'm not ordering directly from Givi. I've been on their site just to check products, but never to buy anything.

I presume that Carpi Moto gets a better deal to sell Givi stuff, since they're both in Italy. (?)
Not to mention the USD/Euro exchange rate is pretty favorable.
My son didn't order directly from them, either, it's just that their literature is appalling. Their nomenclature is confusing (Monolock vs. Monokey ???) and they don't list included parts. He ordered a top box and mounting plate separately, then the top box came with the mounting plate so he wasted $80. I tried making sense of their catalog and it's quite frankly not well composed. Shad likewise lists soft luggage then says it mounts three ways including some "system" of theirs but the literature for these case mounts do not say what "system" they belong to...
 

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I've had good luck with "tourandride.com" when buying givi (from what I can understand, they basically are givi usa ... and usually have discounts). When I've called their customer service number for verification / questions, they have been very helpful. (I bought a replacement "lock button" for my v47 top case ... and they had it added to an air-shipment thay had coming over from italy and still gave me free shipping !)

Also on the seat -- I really like my Corbin on my 300. If you ever carry a passenger, they will like it even more. My wife likes it better than the sean on the Honda NT700 that I used to have.

I have the sw-motech center stand. It seems like it raises the bike a little higher than other center stands ... but I like it -- well made and fits like a glove. I got it off revzilla/cycle gear on an open-box special a while back ... be sure to check for them ... knocked about 40 bucks off the price.

I'd also be interested on how the delkevic and tune affects your MPG ... and how it sounds -- LOUD ... or Moderate ... or ???

Keep up the good work ;-)
 

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Also on the seat -- I really like my Corbin on my 300. If you ever carry a passenger, they will like it even more. My wife likes it better than the sean on the Honda NT700 that I used to have.
Oh I adore Corbin seats but, Man...$618 is a tough check to write for any part...I already know I'll love it I'm just wondering if I'll love a free mod to this seat or perhaps a $250 seat enough to forget about it. If it was my only bike I'd be a little more generous towards it, but it's 1 of 3 at the moment and the other two are always begging for toys and dress up bits, too.
 

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Brand new 2022 model now with ~400 miles and my thoughts thus far:

Having owned a Ninja 500 the past four years, the engine and its characteristics are quite familiar. While on paper it would seem the only place power can be had is >7000rpm, the engine will actually lug 6th gear @ 25mph and even accelerate, albeit not briskly.

Just installed a 43t rear sprocket today. Gotta say, best mod for anyone not looking to ride with a gang of CRF300Ls in an actual offroad situation.

Had a few "initial quality" issues JD Power & Associates might be interested in. Firstly, my clutch safety switch wasn't plugged in at the dealer. Haven't seen one of these crated so I've no idea if part of dealer prep but a full checklist sure oughtta be. Secondly, my left radiator hose sprung a leak thanks to a stay-open spring clamp left in the stay-open position, almost certainly at the factory. Lastly (for now anyway), my handlebars were crooked which required loosening the triple clamps to correct, which makes me wonder if these are crated with the bars off and forks slid up, making this another dealer prep failure.

Bike's height takes getting used to (from my fleet anyway) so when it feels I'm going slow I look down to see I'm actually 20mph over the limit...often. Anyone unhappy with this bike's performance should be reminded over and over again that it's a mere 296cc and, if they still don't get it, be given a VIP subscription to YammieNoob's YouTube channel where they can join others who think every bike should have a 'Busa motor.

Seat is hard and I'd planned on a Corbin but it's actually breaking in well and getting more comfortable with time. Will make my seat decision before Spring but for now I'm gonna say stock will probably be fine, or maybe a slightly modded stock one anyway.

Dyno'd the bike today. Same numbers all the major outlets got of course. The promising bit of news is a full 2HP increase when I removed the air filter and its cover! The airbox has historically been a bottleneck for the Ninja family and this is no exception. A full 2HP at the wheels is pretty huge for a bike only laying down 32 ponies to begin with. Once I get my Delkevic full system, a K&N filter and some airbox cutting will also be part of my power increase plan.

My buddy who owns the dyno just got the proper cable to flash the Versys X 300 and already knew from its literature that he now has the capability of correcting the issues with error codes thrown by the previous ECU part number because of sprocket changes. Anyone who wants more drastic sprocket changes than their ECU will tolerate should contact a tuner with this cable.

Accessories are expensive and quite scarce. I've ordered Shad luggage and supports, both of which won't be here for two months. I've also ordered a Puig windscreen that won't even be in stock again for a week. T-Rex is sold out of center stands and Mama Kaw can KMA for wanting $333 for theirs. Guess SW Motech is the only option.

I found the Sumitomo 2-pin connector (with pigtails) for the accessory light plug on Amazon here:


Have Kawi hand guards on order. Contemplating Koso heated grips. My LED conversion is about halfway done thus far.

Anyway...having had no test ride of this bike before shelling out six large, I'm pleasantly surprised by its performance and super stoked to add it to the stable. I wanted a commuter, errand runner, fuel sipper, corner carver, and light-trail capable bike and what a Swiss Army knife this thing turned out to be!

More to come...

Well said! I'm on my 7th trip across the U.S., the first 6 were on a R1200GS, the Wee-X is even more fun, if that's possible. I am envious of your 2022 color, although my 2021 color is popular with everyone: everyone except me. :LOL:
 

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Oh I adore Corbin seats but, Man...$618 is a tough check to write for any part...I already know I'll love it I'm just wondering if I'll love a free mod to this seat or perhaps a $250 seat enough to forget about it. If it was my only bike I'd be a little more generous towards it, but it's 1 of 3 at the moment and the other two are always begging for toys and dress up bits, too.
I agree completely ... I was lucky enough to get mine used (very lightly used) and saved some cash ... and I downsized to one bike to help with that call. (Although I have been wanting to go back up to a 2-bike stable .. we'll see !)_
 

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I downsized to one bike to help with that call. (Although I have been wanting to go back up to a 2-bike stable .. we'll see !)_
I always had a "4 Bike Plan" but recently realized I wanted my Ninja and Enduro to have a baby, knocking me down to a 3 Bike Plan. Ninja was white, Enduro was blue...so the family resemblance is uncanny...haha
 

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I recently checked the K & N website again for an air filter and they don't show one. I recently got some Givi/ Segway E21N cases off of eBay. I found the racks in Italy at EM-Moto for $101 or $103. Shipping was only $29. I'm in for about $200 all together.
 

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I'm currently waiting on an international shipment, myself.

Although I currently use a set of Givi E22 sidecases, I decided to try out some soft cases as well. I narrowed it down to the Givi 25-L "Canyon" bags, and the bonus is that they have an integrated back plate that locks onto my existing Givi rack.

Well, Revzilla wants $599 for that set. Ouch.
Google search led me to Carpi Moto, in Italy. I'd actually ordered from them before, so it seemed like a pretty safe bet.

Hold on to your seats boys & girls, their retail price is €296.00, (that's EUROS), which in USD is... $297.00 !!!
Yes, Revzilla offers free shipping, while Carpi Moto charged $39.50 for international delivery. I'm still saving $260 bucks!
Their shipping is through DHL, pretty quick delivery from past experience. So, I ordered the bags late last Friday, and tracking shows them due to arrive in Michigan this coming Friday.

So if anyone is considering any major Givi purchases, you might look into Carpi Moto.
Yep. I've been ordering from motostorm in italy and webike in Japan. I actually get deliveries faster than the US vendors who just order from the country of origin suppliers, tack on a fee and pass it on to the consumer.
 

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Well hell...gonna have to make one myself, then...
Would this not work? According to Kawasaki Ninja and Versys use same filter
 

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Would this not work? According to Kawasaki Ninja and Versys use the same filter.
They don't though...



Although close enough that it may be a good jumping off point.
 

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