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Gettin' smaller and smaller

Couple of years ago, I wanted a V1K.
Recently I thought a V650 would probably do.
Now I'm thinking a V300 would fit my needs fine, (mostly commuting) after watching some vids and reviews.
Heck of a lot cheaper way to go!

This is from having 850 lb. monster tours in the past too!
Oh, and gettin older............

400 lbs wet! Heck, I'd be 1/3 the total weight!
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Don't hesitate too much longer....you'll end up with a Vespa.
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...This is from having 850 lb. monster tours in the past too!
Oh, and gettin older............

400 lbs wet! Heck, I'd be 1/3 the total weight!
My last SERIOUS dirt-ride was a Can-Am 400 Qualifier, that weighed about 250#, had about 50HP, and 12" suspension on BOTH ends. It was a factory ISDT racer, that I was lucky enough to acquire....

(I apologize for the "soft" focus, but I was riding w/ my two sons [13 and 10], and one of them took the pic.)

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The V300 would be a great bike if you don't need 650 power. I rode a 250cc RX3 4000 miles to Newfoundland and had a great time. V300 is a much better bike than that one.

I've downsized from 1050/1150 in my last two bikes (first few were 650's) and am back at 650, I simple don't need/want more as I don't use it and don't want to pay for what I'm not using. The reduced weight is very nice as well.

The V650 gets 1.3 mpg less than the 250 average as well. My worst tank on that 250 was 29mpg going as fast as it would go (52mph) into about a 35-40 knot headwind. Redlined in fourth for the entire fuel tank.
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Couple of years ago, I wanted a V1K.
Recently I thought a V650 would probably do.
Now I'm thinking a V300 would fit my needs fine, (mostly commuting) after watching some vids and reviews.
Heck of a lot cheaper way to go!

This is from having 850 lb. monster tours in the past too!
Oh, and gettin older............

400 lbs wet! Heck, I'd be 1/3 the total weight!
You need both. Like Me. I have a V1K and the V300. To round them out I also have a V-Strom 650. And for the multi state trips my FJR is waiting in the wings. How many bikes does a man need?,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,One more than he already has. And I an 68 years old
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This is from having 850 lb. monster tours in the past too!
Oh, and gettin older............

400 lbs wet! Heck, I'd be 1/3 the total weight!

Nothing wrong with that! It's part of the reason I wound up with my Versys 650. A few years back I started moving up from the 800cc cruisers. Bought a 1300cc, then an 1800cc. Great amount of power but just too damn heavy! Had trouble getting the 1800 turned around in my driveway.
Went way down to a 670cc Honda and never looked back! Way lighter and fit me like a glove! Sure you give up a little muscle but these 650's go exactly what I want and they're very easy to move around.

I say go for the 300!
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My last SERIOUS dirt-ride was a Can-Am 400 Qualifier, that weighed about 250#, had about 50HP, and 12" suspension on BOTH ends. It was a factory ISDT racer, that I was lucky enough to acquire....

(I apologize for the "soft" focus, but I was riding w/ my two sons [13 and 10], and one of them took the pic.)

OK, well, let's figure this out. That must have been, like, 60 years ago?

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The Yamaha FZ-07 is 400lbs wet weight just so you know.

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Couple of years ago, I wanted a V1K.
Recently I thought a V650 would probably do.
Now I'm thinking a V300 would fit my needs fine, (mostly commuting) after watching some vids and reviews.
Heck of a lot cheaper way to go!

This is from having 850 lb. monster tours in the past too!
Oh, and gettin older............

400 lbs wet! Heck, I'd be 1/3 the total weight!
Sounds like a transition that comes to a number of us. This spring I reluctantly exchanged my venerable '93 BMW K75S for a 2018 BMW G310R. However, after a couple of hundred miles, I'm absolutely positive I made the right choice.

I see it as a case of adapting to my abilities which, at 73 although healthy and reasonably fit, aren't as good as they were when I bought the K75. Although turbine-smooth, it was tall, heavy and had short, stubby handle bars that made it something a handful in a number of situations. The new baby BMW is lighter, closer to the ground and an absolute hoot to ride.

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...That must have been, like, 60 years ago?
Get back into your gopher-hole Arion.

AT LEAST 160 years ago!!!!


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the 650 is the sweet spot. but the 300 V is tempting, especially if you ride locally ......
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I could not agree more with your plan for the 300. I started back to riding at 65 when my wife bought a Yamaha 250. Short time thereafter, she said "get your own". So I bought a Honda Rebel 250. Great little bike, but when I wanted to ride with some friends and go a little farther and faster I bought the V650 but kept the Honda. My wife keeps asking why I don't sell the Honda. It is because 1)it is more fun and easy to ride with her (I call if "flickable" for it's ease of turning, etc). 2) As my upper body mass goes south (yes, I work out a lot) literally and figuratively I think that the top heavy nature of the V might be too much for me at some point and then I can just use the Rebel. When the worse comes and my balance goes, I already plan to get a Can-Am to continue motorcycling. Go with what works for you.
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Forty years away from 2 wheel fun. Sure is great to be back smelling the roses!!!
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