Kawasaki has recalled up to 1,888 2017 Versys-X 300 motorcycles because a loose tail/brake light socket may allow the bulb to fall out, increasing the risk of a crash.The entire Versys-X 300 production run from Jan. 16, 2017, through May 8, 2017 are included. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) range is JKALE8B18HDA00011 to JKALE8C10HDA03869 non-sequential.
Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tail/brake light socket, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Kawasaki customer service at 1-866-802-9381.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number is 17V465000.The Versys-X 300 is Kawasaki’s latest ADV offering. The brand-in-green has set its sights on not just the adventure touring markets, but also the youth and beginner markets; until recently, these markets weren’t truly associated with one another.The bike arrives with a 296cc parallel-twin engine that is tuned for optimal low- to mid-range power. The Versys-X 300 arrives with 19/17-inch wire-spoke wheels, long-travel suspension and ADV ergonomics—all for under $6,000.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!