What's a Versys-X

The Kawasaki Versys-X is a medium sized motorcycle aimed at adventure riding. It has a 300cc, parallel twin, 6 speed engine. The fuel capacity is 17 liters and if you really push it, you can go as fast as 150-160km/h. The engine is fuel injected and produces about 40 horses. I have the non-ABS model, which weighs about 168 kilograms wet. The effective range is close to 400 kilometers on a single tank of fuel.

Gallery

Modifications

I've made a bunch of additions and modifications to the Versys-X to suit its purpose better. I mostly like the motorcycle as-is. So nothing all that much has to change as far as I'm concerned. However, I'm always on the lookout for useful things to add.

This is my version of the Versys-X...

This is a bit of a work in progress but here are the things I've added or changed to the motorcycle.

Luggage Rack

I found a discrete luggage rack system that doesn't interfere with day-to-day use of the motorcycle. These sturdy hoops will protect my saddle bags from swinging into the wheel and they look kinda cool on the motorbike.

SW-Motech SLC Side Carrier

Saddle Bags

For luggage I have a set of saddle bags. These are 20 liters each and supposedly 100% waterproof. They have sturdy inserts to keep their shape. These will be invaluable for multi day trips around the Philippines.

DrySpec D20 Drybag Saddle Bags

Tires

Since most roads in the Philippines are broken in one way or another I got a set of tires that can deal with that. Even if the road is just a dual track these big blocks with large grooves between will get a grip on the situation.

Shinko E705 (110/80x19, 140/80x17)

Camera

To catch some footage of my road trips I use a action camera and mounting system. I usually film at 1080p/60hz but it can do slow motion and 4K video as well. I also have an older model as a backup or simply as secondary view.

Sony FDR-x3000, Sony HDR-AS100V, Ram u-Bolt, Ram short arm, Ram screw mount