Kawasaki Versys-X 300 (2017+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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.

PartKawasaki Versys-X 300 spec
OilYou 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 filterOil 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 lubricantThe 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 lubricantRemember 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 fluidSpec is to use DOT 4 brake fluid.
CoolantUse 1.5L (about 1.6 US qt) of ethylene glycol pre-mix coolant with a 50% mixture.
Front brake padsGenuine 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 padsGenuine part number for rear brake pads is 43082-0172. Get double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear — code FA197HH.
Spark plugsNGK 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 filterGenuine part number for the Versys-X’s air filter is 11013-0762.
GreaseUse a lithium soap-based grease for all the important greasing points.
Consumables for servicing the Versys-X 300

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 10000.63.87.611.415.2
km x 100016121824Every
Air cleaner element (Part 11013-0762)II2 years, R
Idle speedIII
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)IIIYear, I
Engine vacuum synchronizationII
Fuel systemIIIYear, I
Fuel filterR
Fuel hoses5 years, R
Evaporative emission control system (CA model only)IIIII
Coolant levelIII
Cooling systemIIIYear, I
Coolant, water hoses, and O-ring (Zerex G05)3 years or 22.5K mi (36K km): R
Valve clearanceII
Air suction systemII
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)III
Engine oil and oil filter (Motul 7100, HF303RC)RRRYear, R
Tire air pressureIIYear, I
Wheels and tiresIIYear, I
Wheel bearing damageIIYear, I
Spoke tightness and rim runoutIIIII
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)II
Drive chain guide wearII
Brake systemIIIIIYear, I
Brake operation (effectiveness, play, no drag)IIIYear, I
Brake fluid levelIIIYear, I
Brake fluid (front and rear) (DOT 4 only)R2 years, R
Brake hose4 years, R
Rubber parts of brake master cylinder and caliper4 years/30K mi (48K km), R
Brake pad wear (C)IIII
Brake light switch operationIIIII
Suspension systemIIYear, I
Lubrication of rear suspensionL
Steering playIIIYear, I
Steering stem bearingsII2 years, L
Electrical systemIIYear, I
Spark plugs (NGK CR8E)RR
Chassis partsLLYear, L
Condition of bolts, nuts, and fastenersIII
Kawasaki Versys-X 300 maintenance schedule table

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.

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure (cold)
Front100/90–19M/C 57S200 kPa/2 bar/28 psi
Rear130/80–17M/C 65S225 kPa/2.25 bar/32 psi
Versys-X 300 recommended tyre sizes and pressures

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

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 maintenance schedule screenshot from manual
Versys-X 300 maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Kawasaki Versys-X 300, which is available here.

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