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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-02-2018, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-02-2018, 06:34 PM
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Funny part is, most people think the Versys is an ADV bike (and they would be right with the 300). You can certainly turn a 650 into one with aftermarket help, but the 650 and 1k are definitely more at home as sport tourers.

The 300s are getting VERY popular around here too. Saw one the other day with pint size aluminum hard cases, like a baby GS
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Definitely not an Adventure bike!

If you want to run a couple hours up the interstate at 80mph, cross a few mountains on some squirrelly back roads, explore a few hundred miles of dirt roads and forestry trails, camp an hour from civilization (not to mention cell service), get up the next day and do it all again in reverse... you have a weird idea of adventure... and definitely have the wrong bike in mind.
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Definitely not an Adventure bike!

If you want to run a couple hours up the interstate at 80mph, cross a few mountains on some squirrelly back roads, explore a few hundred miles of dirt roads and forestry trails, camp an hour from civilization (not to mention cell service), get up the next day and do it all again in reverse... you have a weird idea of adventure... and definitely have the wrong bike in mind.
That's right - you'd NEVER find "Big Chuck" anywhere OFF the "beaten-track"....



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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-04-2018, 08:53 PM
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For gravel roads it'll do just fine as they have it set up. Since that's as far as 90% of the big ADV bikes go anyway why not keep the good road manners I guess.


The things still just a great sport tourer without the cramped legs.
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DEFINITELY an adventure bike. no doubt.

if I'm answering your question I assume the basic points have been addressed, such as: did you do a compression test? is it still on fire?
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For gravel roads it'll do just fine as they have it set up. Since that's as far as 90% of the big ADV bikes go anyway why not keep the good road manners I guess.


The things still just a great sport tourer without the cramped legs.

The thing is that any bike can do gravel roads in the hands of a capable rider. It is how FAST you want to ride those gravel roads where the bike choice can come into play.

I've seen videos of everything from Supersport to big Harleys tearing up the woods. I used to explore on my '85 Honda Shadow 700 and thought my '77 Honda 550 Supersport was just a big dirt bike that landed kinda hard.

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