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The Versys X300 is as versatile and can be whatever you want. I've modified my X300 in one direction and you or any other owner may head in a different direction. Here is my latest "Mad Hatter" brain fart. It's an updated Skid Plate to the point where - see the picture - the X300 is up in the air for ease of cleaning, chain lubing, oil changes without ME sitting on the floor. It's not magic but it is engineering.
The older motorcycle jacks are rock solid and bought a 15 year old one and just restored it from a rusty forgotten mess. These old jacks are better built than new ones that have been cost reduced to near failure.
This is a simple one person lifting technique with just two simple ratcheting retractable straps that are put on with the bike still on the floor so NO TIP OVERS. Ouch!
Start with the Versys X300 Heavy Duty Skid Plate from T-Rex Racing - as it does NOT use original brackets coming from the fragile screws/ears on the aluminum oil pan. (this is important to be understood that no other skid plate was even considered. Fully install the skid plate first then stall the 5th and 6th braces. The 2 inch steel angle iron is cut - 2 braces - each one 12.5 in. (32 cm) long. Suggest being careful to measure for the M10 holes in the angle iron to utilize the center stand bolts. (about 1.5 inch up from the bottom of the angle iron so it lines up going into the flat bottom of skid plate. The vertical sides of the braces need to be at only 0.35 in. (1 cm) in height for the portion inside the skid plate. This is to not have the two braces touch the exhaust that is under the engine and close to the skid plate. (Then keep these two braces just under 5.25 in. (33.3 cm) apart and parallel. Then randomly drill the quantity of 10 holes for the 10 M8 x 16mm bolts.
To skip to the video here is my YouTube LINK (please subscribe): Kawasaki Versys X300 raised up on a restored motorcycle jack (not paddock) by reinforced skid plate - YouTube

T-Rex skid plate is $189 on their site. LINK: https://www.t-rex-racing.com/2017-202...
The steel used was a three foot piece of 2 inch angle iron from Home Depot - cost about $13.00 UDS The two M10 center stand bolts needed to be replaced with a little longer bolts. The stock ones are M10 x 40mm (length) and I bought M10 x 50mm (length), fine pitch threads 1.25mm. From Home Depot - cost $2.87 USD LINK: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-...
Bolts for the 5th and 6th angle iron braces to attach to the skid plate were quantity of 10 bolts: M8 x 16mm button head stainless. LINK: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZF5FN89?...
Lock nuts needed for the M8 bolts and again in stainless and quantity of 10 nuts. LINK: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZZY166?...
Triangle Ring Shaped fasteners LINK: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09295X1KQ?...
The ratchet retractable straps that are 1 inch by 10 feet with one end having the soft loop feature. Source was Amazon. LINK: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078MWGD3F?..


They call it Farkling : Farkle: A modification to a motorcycle that satisfies the following criteria: creates “bling,” serves a purpose (the usefulness of which is in the eyes of the farkler). Ok enough of that. Have a good Thanksgiving.
Don't try this on any stock skid plate. I'll be going into detail as to why.
In this picture is a T-Rex Heavy Duty Skid Plate and $13 in steel and few bolts.
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That is one clean looking bike and the jack looks like new. Always looking for new farkling ideas. Thanks for sharing!
For a lot more Farkling ideas please subscribe to my YouTube Channel.
My channel link: trekOCLVone - YouTube
Grown list of Farkles - Front 15 tooth rubber bumpered sprocket, Heavy Duty Skid plate with 5th brace (stability), Barkbuster must know, Full LED swap out on your bike, install of lots of electronics and Sound Bomb Split Air Horn, beefing up the Kawasaki crash bars (that are bad design) by attaching them to the HD skid plate, Dunlop TrailMax Mission tire install (headaches) and now this - Super beefed up heavy duty skid plate and up in the air on a motorcycle jack. ( why - just because I don't want to sit on the floor anymore - lol )
 
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