Hello fro NJ
New to the forums here (obviously LOL). I currently ride a 2015 Harley Davidson FXDL (Low Rider). I am definitely not your stereotypical Harley rider. I'm not into the Harley "lifestyle". I've always loved Harley bikes though. So when I started riding 3 years ago, I gravitated to cruisers. Started on a Honda Shadow for a year, then bought the bike I have now.
Over my first year of riding I became more familiar with adventure bikes. Problem has been that I'm vertically challenged. I am 5'4" (but a bit chubby so I have some weight). So I would never attempt to get on an ADV bike. Then I discovered BMW F700GS lowered suspension model and there was hope!! The next problem... there are two dealers within 80 miles of me, both which will not let me test ride. I won't buy a bike I can't ride! So I started looking at other options like the Versys, VStrom, and Super Tenere, but finding they are just really tall for me.
So after having a few years on my Harley I have really focused on only putting one foot down in traffic. I figured if I could get comfortable with that I may have chance. I am also tired of having to put money into my Harley to make it what it will never be for me.
In the last week, I sat on two Versys. The first one I could barely touch with one foot down. In all honesty now I can't remember if that was a 650 or 1000. The second one I sat on yesterday, a 2016 650 ABS, I was able to get one foot down enough to be comfortable when stopping. Then I discovered the Versys-X 300. That one would definitely work! The problem is I commute to work quite a bit and it's almost 70 miles one way, half of which is on several turnpikes rolling at 75 mph. That's where I would worry about the 300. I know the 650 would do the job though. My concern with that is even when I get fully comfortable with handling maneuvers like U-Turns into parking spaces on that bike, you still tend to have to walk the thing backwards at times. I'm not sure I can accomplish that on the 650 with the height.
My goal is to give the dealer a call and see if they'll let me test ride both. I know from a power perspective I will be much happier with the 650. I am so ready to get on an ADV bike and scrap the Harley though so I am trying to make it work even if it's a 300
So my goal joining here is to get opinions and as much info on the bike as possible to make a good decision. The hope is I am an owner soon. They just seem like such a great bang for the buck and incredibly versatile.
I'm looking forward to participating here!