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Good day to everyone, i´m a happy owner of a Versys x-300 2017, I´m form Costa Rica. Lately I took her to the technical revision, required to renew the annual circulation permit (I don't know the proper terms for other countries). And it didn't passed the CO emissions, it was barely over the limit. I also noted that she tends to get hotter faster than usual. Also noted that the standard time that she must spent warming, that must be 5 minutes, duplicated to 10 or more, also when I tried to adjust the minimum, I received a small electrical discharge, so i decided to investigated using the manual and some videos on you tube, related to sensors, but did not found anything definitive to solve the issue. So, as I have time to spent on week days, decided to check the battery connections and the main fuse connections, they look really clean and new and they were well tighten. But decided to use on them a small later of Silicon paste to prevent rust and made sure that all was well tighten. After completing the connections of the battery. Turned on the motorcycle and checked how much lasted warming, and by my surprise, it lasted 5 minutes exactly. i was amazed, so i started to touch the minimum and all other parts near it, to check if I received any discharge. and I didn't. I was so relieved and amazed. I´m not sure how that discharge happened and started to cause issues on the electrical systems. But from now on, if I have to disconnect the battery or if the motorcycle takes more than usual warming, I will completely disconnect the battery connections, to avoid that issue to happen again. I´m going to wait 2 weeks, before the next revision. and add an update to this Forum. Hope this story helps to someone.
 

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Thank you Octavio for that nice long write-up. Before you take your bike in for the next revision, have a look at your air filter and replace it or clean it to make sure you have your best chance of passing the emissions test.

You have a really nice bike that is getting great reviews. I like the nice low seat and the super light clutch feel and low purchase price. A great deal all around. How many kms on the bike so far?
 

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Thank you Octavio for that nice long write-up. Before you take your bike in for the next revision, have a look at your air filter and replace it or clean it to make sure you have your best chance of passing the emissions test.

You have a really nice bike that is getting great reviews. I like the nice low seat and the super light clutch feel and low purchase price. A great deal all around. How many kms on the bike so far?
Thank you for the excellent tip, I´ve ben really careful with the filter and use the correct oil for foam filter, and do maintenance every 6000 km, the filter is in a really good shape. She has 25780 km so far. It also comes with a pair of hooks under the seat so you can fix 2 helmets. The seat is really hard, but it is a fun bike and the riding is confortable. I used it to commute, but now due to the COVID-19 I ride on weekends only.
 

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I agree with you on the seat. What the heck was Kawasaki thinking when they designed that seat? My experience comes just from sitting on it in the showroom but if I noticed it there, I can just imagine the sore butt you would have after a 4 hour ride.
On the foam filter, did you squeeze most of the oil out of the filter? If you leave too much oil on the filter, the engine will have a hard time pulling enough air and it will run rich. Running rich could cause it to fail the emissions test.
 

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I agree with you on the seat. What the heck was Kawasaki thinking when they designed that seat? My experience comes just from sitting on it in the showroom but if I noticed it there, I can just imagine the sore butt you would have after a 4 hour ride.
On the foam filter, did you squeeze most of the oil out of the filter? If you leave too much oil on the filter, the engine will have a hard time pulling enough air and it will run rich. Running rich could cause it to fail the emissions test.
Oh yes definitely I do squeeze the oil it carefully. I'm almost sure that the problem was related to the short circuit that it had. Definitely I can do clean again, I made a ride last weekend about 2 hours worked flawlessly. She didn't passed due to a 0.2% on the CO lol. But this weekend I'm going for the test.
Kawasaki sell a "softer seat" one inch ticker as an extra! $228 What a rip off! I was planning to buy a cushion but for the moment is not that necessary. It's a fun bike with an excellent engine and a lot of useful extras, the central stand is so useful to do any maintenance, and you can find all accessories aftermarket, even the stand. The engine sound is great on high revolutions. I love to do maintenance on her and keep it standard, I like the factory looks.
 

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Update, on the morning before the test, I touched again the iddle adjustment, and again felt a discharge. Again removed both connections from the battery, reconnected, make sure the RPM stays on the first line after the 1000 rpm and the motorcycle passed the CO smoothly. So looks like it is a good practice to touch the iddle adjustment if the motorcycle last more than 6 minutes warming.
 

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Am I understanding you correctly that when you try to adjust the idle speed of your engine, you get an electrical spark or that you can feel an electrical shock? The only way I can imagine that you would feel a shock is from one of two scenarios:

1) Static electricity shock
2) Voltage leakage from your ignition system. This would be a leak from the high tension side of your coils. Check all spark plug wiring for chafing, cracks or signs of degradation. Make sure the rubber spark plug caps are screwed on tightly and make sure that they are fully seated on the spark plugs.

There is no way you should get a shock while adjusting your idle.

Congratulations on passing the CO test.
 

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Am I understanding you correctly that when you try to adjust the idle speed of your engine, you get an electrical spark or that you can feel an electrical shock? The only way I can imagine that you would feel a shock is from one of two scenarios:

1) Static electricity shock
2) Voltage leakage from your ignition system. This would be a leak from the high tension side of your coils. Check all spark plug wiring for chafing, cracks or signs of degradation. Make sure the rubber spark plug caps are screwed on tightly and make sure that they are fully seated on the spark plugs.

There is no way you should get a shock while adjusting your idle.

Congratulations on passing the CO test.
Yes thank you, as soon as i disconnect the battery that stops. It may be related to the humidity, The tropical weather in Costa Rica may be causing that. But definitely i will check all that. thank you for your help and support!
 
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