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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-24-2017, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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4 x Versys X300 ride to Solvang

Rode up to Solvang yesterday with a few buddies and 4 of us were on our new Versys X300 bikes for our first long ride. Will post a separate review of how it did with all my thoughts on the bike on a long ride. Anyway, here's some pics








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Very cool. Looking forward to some reviews.
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Very cool. Looking forward to some reviews.
Me too.

Have any of you had Versys 650's before the V 300's?

Although I have had Miss Jaffa (Burnt Orange 2007 Versys) for a while, I still have a lot to learn.


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Me too.

Have any of you had Versys 650's before the V 300's?
I'm coming from a Yamaha FZ-07 and a ninja 300 in my stable.

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Where did you ride from? Thought about doing this ride from the Orange County area.
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Where did you ride from? Thought about doing this ride from the Orange County area.
We rode from Valencia/Magic Mtn. Area


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I loved my Versys 650 and now getting this Thursday Lime Green x 300. I got a long ride on one last week at dealer and think it will the perfect bike for me. Let you know !
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Did you get it and what's your thoughts?

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I loved my Versys 650 and now getting this Thursday Lime Green x 300. I got a long ride on one last week at dealer and think it will the perfect bike for me. Let you know !
Tell us about going to the 300 from the 650. I'm still on the fence about getting a 650 or 300x. Is the 300 okay on the interstate for an hour or 2 at 75mph? There is a used 650 here for sale with hardly any miles on it for the same price as buying a 300
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V-Strom 650 vs. Versys-X 300

I have just added a VX300 to my garage. In comparison my V-Strom is big and bulky, and feels far heavier than the 45 kgs that is meant to separate them! I prefer to straddle the V-Strom while moving it in the garage but will happily walk around with the VX300.

The 650 has more torque where you need to keep the VX300 spinning. In the higher gears at least 5,000 rpm.

On motorways and long haul the 650 is best - but the VX300 will still get you there, but less relaxed. On back roads and dirt roads the VX300 is in its element - light, nimble, responsive. And that is on stock 90/10 tyres. Even with 50/50 tyres the relatively ponderous 650 is more demanding on dirt roads. When I first bought my DL650 I could not wait to get rid of its OEM 90/10 tyres. No such issues with the VX300.

The overall difference to me is the SLIM profile and lack of bulk - the less intimidating feel that although still a full sized bike the VX300 does not intimidate the rider. I bought one because I'm getting older and ride isolated dirt roads solo and was worried that I would strain something if I needed to pick up the DL650 unaided.
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I have just added a VX300 to my garage. In comparison my V-Strom is big and bulky, and feels far heavier than the 45 kgs that is meant to separate them! I prefer to straddle the V-Strom while moving it in the garage but will happily walk around with the VX300.

The 650 has more torque where you need to keep the VX300 spinning. In the higher gears at least 5,000 rpm.

On motorways and long haul the 650 is best - but the VX300 will still get you there, but less relaxed. On back roads and dirt roads the VX300 is in its element - light, nimble, responsive. And that is on stock 90/10 tyres. Even with 50/50 tyres the relatively ponderous 650 is more demanding on dirt roads. When I first bought my DL650 I could not wait to get rid of its OEM 90/10 tyres. No such issues with the VX300.

The overall difference to me is the SLIM profile and lack of bulk - the less intimidating feel that although still a full sized bike the VX300 does not intimidate the rider. I bought one because I'm getting older and ride isolated dirt roads solo and was worried that I would strain something if I needed to pick up the DL650 unaided.
Thanks for your comments and observations. Very helpful to me as I become older (in my case 72).

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Thanks for your comments and observations. Very helpful to me as I become older (in my case 72).
I'm an old dirt biker and 66. If you were staying on main roads and motorways the 650 would be my choice, although I have never ridden a Versys 650 the Suzuki v-Strom 650 feels top heavy and needs 50/50 tyres for dirt roads, even though it has a 19" front wheel where the Versys 650 only has a 17".

On Thursday I did two 70km stints on a four lane motorway and the VX300 did fine - although the motorway had a 100 kph speed limit and I have geared up my VX300, which has incidentally caused a "check engine" fault as apparently the ABS equipped VX300 does not like gearing changes.
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