This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Versys-X 300, also known as the Versys 300.
The Versys-X 300 was sold from 2017 onward, building on the platform of the other 300cc motorcycles (like the Ninja 300), and borrowing from the branding of the Versys name.
The Versys-X 300 is a mini sport adventure touring motorcycle with just a little off-road pretension. The motor is capable, the chassis is comfortable, and the wheels are nicely proportioned for some dirt work (19mm up front, and wire-spoke rims), but the engine is a little revvy and lacking in low-down torque that’s necessary to spin the wheel up for really aggressive dirt riding. Of course, every bike has compromises, and this balance works for a lot of people.
It’s often just referred to as the Versys 300, and I’ve never heard anyone correct someone else to “Excuse me it’s Versys-X“, although I might do that to be annoying.
This maintenance schedule is similar/essentially identical for the Z300, as it’s built on the same engine platform.
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What you need to service the Kawasaki Versys-X 300
If you’re servicing your Versys-X 300 you need some basic motorcycle maintenance tools as well as the below parts particular to the Versys.
|Part||Kawasaki Versys-X 300 spec|
|Oil||You need 2.2L (2.3 US qt) of SAE 10W-40 engine oil (manual says mineral, semi-synthetic, and full synthetic are all OK). Kawasaki 10W-40 engine oil is a popular choice, as is Motul 7100 for a synthetic option. Don’t over-torque the drain bolt (spec is 30 Nm/22 lb-ft per the manual) — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.|
|Oil filter||Oil filter is part 16097-0008, or you can use Hiflofiltro HF303RC. Torque for oil filter is 17.5 Nm (12.9 ft-lb) (use a torque wrench, and it’s easier on the K&N one)|
|Chain lubricant||The chain needs to be lubricated every 600 km/400 miles (or more, if it gets wet/dirty). Motul chain paste is cheap and well-loved.|
|Cable lubricant||Remember to lubricate your clutch cable (and brake cables if you have them) with a cable lubricant. Protect All Cable Life is a good general-purpose lubricant.|
|Brake fluid||Spec is to use DOT 4 brake fluid.|
|Coolant||Use 1.5L (about 1.6 US qt) of ethylene glycol pre-mix coolant with a 50% mixture.|
|Front brake pads||Genuine part number for front brake pads is 43082-0173 for the Versys-X300. Get double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear — code FA142HH.|
|Rear brake pads||Genuine part number for rear brake pads is 43082-0172. Get double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear — code FA197HH.|
|Spark plugs||NGK CR8E, with a spark plug gap of 0.7-0.8mm (use a spark plug gapping tool), torqued to 13 Nm or 9 ft-lb (use a torque wrench)|
|Air filter||Genuine part number for the Versys-X’s air filter is 11013-0762.|
|Grease||Use a lithium soap-based grease for all the important greasing points.|
Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Versys-X 300
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Versys-X 300.
The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.
Notes on letters used:
- I = Inspect
- R = Replace
- L = Lubricate
- (C) Service more frequently in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping
|mi x 1000||0.6||3.8||7.6||11.4||15.2|
|km x 1000||1||6||12||18||24||Every|
|Air cleaner element (Part 11013-0762)||I||I||2 years, R|
|Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Engine vacuum synchronization||I||I|
|Fuel system||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Fuel hoses||5 years, R|
|Evaporative emission control system (CA model only)||I||I||I||I||I|
|Cooling system||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Coolant, water hoses, and O-ring (Zerex G05)||3 years or 22.5K mi (36K km): R|
|Air suction system||I||I|
|Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)||I||I||I|
|Engine oil and oil filter (Motul 7100, HF303RC)||R||R||R||Year, R|
|Tire air pressure||I||I||Year, I|
|Wheels and tires||I||I||Year, I|
|Wheel bearing damage||I||I||Year, I|
|Spoke tightness and rim runout||I||I||I||I||I|
|Drive chain lubrication condition (C) (Motul chain care kit)||400 mi (600 km), I|
|Drive chain slack (C)||600 mi / 1000 km, I|
|Drive chain wear (C)||I||I|
|Drive chain guide wear||I||I|
|Brake system||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Brake operation (effectiveness, play, no drag)||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Brake fluid level||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Brake fluid (front and rear) (DOT 4 only)||R||2 years, R|
|Brake hose||4 years, R|
|Rubber parts of brake master cylinder and caliper||4 years/30K mi (48K km), R|
|Brake pad wear (C)||I||I||I||I|
|Brake light switch operation||I||I||I||I||I|
|Suspension system||I||I||Year, I|
|Lubrication of rear suspension||L|
|Steering play||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Steering stem bearings||I||I||2 years, L|
|Electrical system||I||I||Year, I|
|Spark plugs (NGK CR8E)||R||R|
|Chassis parts||L||L||Year, L|
|Condition of bolts, nuts, and fasteners||I||I||I|
Tyre size and tire pressure for the Kawasaki Versys-X 300
The Versys-X 300 differs from other bikes in the 300 series in that it has larger, adventure touring-style wheels and tyres.
Below are the tyre sizes and recommended pressures for the Versys-X 300.
|Wheel||Tyre size||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||100/90–19M/C 57S||200 kPa/2 bar/28 psi|
|Rear||130/80–17M/C 65S||225 kPa/2.25 bar/32 psi|
General information about the Kawasaki Versys-X 300
The Versys-X 300 is Kawasaki’s entrance into the mini adventure touring category, capitalising on the trend towards adventure style bikes, but catering to people who want a lower power, lighter weight, or more economical machine than a huge BMW R 1250 GS.
Even though the category is already rich with 600cc+ bikes, there are few adventure bikes for those who prefer slower roads and lighter weight machines.
Enter the mini Versys, which has the 296cc parallel twin that also powers the Ninja 300. It’s not the same motor exactly — it has a different tune for the Versys-X 300, though the latter is not exactly a torque monster yet.
Like many adventure tourers, the Versys-X isn’t a “dual sport” motorcycle. It’s just an upright, comfortable motorcycle with a bit more suspension travel, a taller windshield, a more comfortable seat, and a general feel like you could ride it all day.
Off-road, there’s enough power for a lot of what you might do. This bike is very happy doing low-speed maneuvering over obstacles that might have had you a little worried on a sport bike. The handlebars give you tons of leverage and the light weight never feels intimidating.
Going the distance is also possible on the Versys. The first time you get onto highways you might think “hmm, that motor is spinning a bit fast”. At 60 mph (100 km/h) you’re already doing 7,500 rpm in top gear. But the motor is happy to do that all day, and also can rev up to 11,000 rpm for 150 km/h if you’re so inclined. You just have to be comfortable with the feeling.
Adding to that, the Versys-X 300 comes with a ton of accessories for adventuring. Panniers, engine guards, hand shields, and taller screens, and much more can be added.
The Versys-X 300 is also learner legal/A2-compliant for those jurisdictions other than America where you can’t just hop onto a Harley the day after passing your MSF course.
Manual for the Kawasaki Versys-X 300
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Kawasaki Versys-X 300, which is available here.