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    Versys X 300

    Versys x300

    Anyone else have one of theses? Itís gaining a cult following, somewhat like our beloved TWs.

    I picked up a NOS 2017 ABS in July and have been riding the stew out of it! It will not go where the TW will go, and vice versa. Itís a small adventure bike and serves that niche well. I wouldnít hesitate to ride it across the country on back roads or highways, only because highways are more fun to me. It can certainly do freeways. It will cruise at 75/80 mph all day, even though it sounds like I am ringing itís neck.

    One is reminded of its 296 cc power plant if you really want to go fast. Itís slow. The power is so smooth and even, I never feel the rush of acceleration unless I wind it up to 10-12k rpm. It redlines at 11, rev limiter cuts in around 12.5 I think.

    Itís not fast especially when compared to larger motorcycles, about the same acceleration from 0-85 as my VW Golf 4 Cyl 1.8 turbo. Iíve seen 93 mph a couple times and only for a few seconds. Itís a ninja 300 engine, tuned and geared for adventure, so like the Ninja 300, it loves the high rpms!

    Seat is horribly hard, otherwise a very comfortable upright riding position.

    Gravel and fire service roads are no problem for the stock suspension and stock tires. Many, more experienced at off road trails riders put 50/50 tires on and tackle single track but thatís a stretch for me.

    If anyone is searching for a small, nimble, street oriented bike that can do occasional off road, itís a good choice. Not going to keep up with WR250R, CFR250L, or a DRZ400 off road, but will outshine any of those on pavement. I would highly recommend one for those looking for more street manners. Itís fun like the TW, and puts a smile on my face every time I take it for a spin.

    Edit- and I can pick it up when it falls over. Lol


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    I sit on them at the dealer every so often but still too tall for me like a lot of bikes. I am tippy toed on my TW. I've been waiting many years for the manufacturers to fill this niche; I think I've pestered them enough they're finally listening.....lol
    Thanks for the positive review
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    Good write-up!
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    ďItís more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slowĒ.

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    I've been a Kawasaki fan for a long time.
    6 of them, starting in 1967...
    If they made a TW200, I'd have one!
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    ďItís more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slowĒ.

    "The less horsepower a motorcycle has, the more it can teach you.Ē - Ben Bostrom

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    and wad up my bike somethin' awful...
    Still, I rise!
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    The 300 Versys X looks like exactly what I want in a motorcycle. I love the look, all day ergonomics, factory accessories, 17 liter tank with an efficient engine. I have absolutely no issue with the power as I can actually tour on a TW200 and be happy.

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