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Offline Gothm

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Baby Versys 300
on: February 01, 2017, 03:53:31 PM
Whatcha think?

http://www.cycleworld.com/2017-kawasaki-versys-x-300-might-be-best-entry-level-bike-season

I searched and didn't see post about this so excuse me if a repost.
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Re: Baby Versys 300
Reply #1 on: February 01, 2017, 09:53:56 PM
If i lived out in the country and wanted something to zip to town on maybe. I don't care for under powered bikes.
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Re: Baby Versys 300
Reply #2 on: February 03, 2017, 01:47:57 PM
At least they put a gear indicator on this one!
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Re: Baby Versys 300
Reply #3 on: February 03, 2017, 02:00:53 PM
People who buy them will outgrow them quickly and they'll be all over Craigslist with very low miles. They're a starter bike and that's ok. 
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Re: Baby Versys 300
Reply #4 on: February 03, 2017, 03:58:02 PM
Same engine and weight as the Ninja 300 ... shouldn't be too under-powered for normal riding.

Front wheel is ADV-sized 19"
6-speed transmission
Ground clearance at 7"
Seat height 32"
Fuel tank 4.5 gallons
Weight is 385 pounds (50 pounds lighter than my KLR...)

I think that this will make an excellent first bike, second bike, commuter, and light adventure bike.  Throw on some soft luggage and ride it to Alaska and/or South America.  This one deserves the "Versys" title.

For me, this is one of the most fascinating new offerings of 2017.  My only hesitation about trading in the KLR for this ... the new Yamaha T7 coming in 2018.
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Re: Baby Versys 300
Reply #5 on: February 04, 2017, 04:26:59 PM
An entry level motorcycle and an exit level motorcycle. I want to ride until I can't anymore. As I get where I can't handle a larger motorcycle I will work my way smaller. Even scooters aren't looking quite as hideous. :scooter:
are we gonna ride or dick around all day?

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Re: Baby Versys 300
Reply #6 on: February 05, 2017, 10:04:13 PM
*Originally Posted by gharshman [+]
Same engine and weight as the Ninja 300 ... shouldn't be too under-powered for normal riding.

Front wheel is ADV-sized 19"
6-speed transmission
Ground clearance at 7"
Seat height 32"
Fuel tank 4.5 gallons
Weight is 385 pounds (50 pounds lighter than my KLR...)

I think that this will make an excellent first bike, second bike, commuter, and light adventure bike. 

I agree. I got into some mild off-roading at the end of last year and IF the TC and ABS can be turned off, I think this new bike would be great for that kinda thing. Actually, my big V wasn't that bad except for bogging down going up low traction hills (due to TC) and the brakes cutting out coming back down them (due to ABS).
Anyway, don't need a lot of power on those roads and lightness is helpful. With that little engine and 4.5 gallon tank, prolly wouldn't need to find gas too often.

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Re: Baby Versys 300
Reply #7 on: February 06, 2017, 08:28:32 AM
In Malaysia we have the Versys X 250.

http://paultan.org/2017/01/24/2017-kawasaki-z900-ninja-650-z650-and-versys-x-250-launched-in-malaysia-prices-start-from-below-rm25k/

For us its because of our bike license regulations where 250 is the limit before the higher tier bike license.

For me its the spoked rims..... nice.. :)

For Indonesia they have the Versys 300.

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Re: Baby Versys 300
Reply #8 on: February 06, 2017, 08:48:05 PM
Saw this at the NEC show and liked what I saw, adding in the extras only improved the looks. Looking at the marketing vid they show it two up as they did with the original V1 launch suggesting it isn't under powered.  As I am coming to the end of my riding life it might be one to trade down to once I start struggle to get my V1 off the stand!  I once met a 75 year old on a CCM who said it had kept him riding and alive so more bikes like this is good thing!

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Re: Baby Versys 300
Reply #9 on: February 06, 2017, 09:55:10 PM
*Originally Posted by weljo2001 [+]
If i lived out in the country and wanted something to zip to town on maybe. I don't care for under powered bikes.

It has less power, but I don't think it's underpowered for it's purpose.
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