I’m surprised to see you on the Versys-X forum.
I thought you were a firm advocate of Chinese Bikes.
Anyway, how does the X300 compare to your previous bikes? I’m currently waiting to purchase a RED 2018 model.
Before its retirement, I rode my 2006 Zongshen ZS200GY-2 (Sierra 200) over 73,000 miles. I have also ridden my 2015 Zongshen ZS250-GY3 (RX3) over 28,000 miles. Therefore, I am an experienced owner of Chinese motorcycles. Since the year 2008 I have been reporting my experience with the advantages and disadvantages of owning Zongshen motorcycles in particular, and other Chinese bikes in general.
However, I started riding motorcycles in 1979, when I purchased a new, Honda CB400T. I also, currently own the following Japanese motorcycles.
1992 Kawasaki KDX220
2004 Honda CRF250X
2005 Honda XR650L
2006 Yamaha XT225
2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300
The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is a very nice motorcycle, and I am enjoying it very much. After reading many glowing reviews of the Adventure Ninjette (Versys-X 300), I decided to take a test ride at the local dealer. When I had the opportunity to purchase a new, 2017 Versys-X 300 for $3,999, I could not pass up the excellent deal.
Comparing the Versys-X 300 to my previous bikes, I really like the following features.
The engine produces about 36 horsepower at the rear wheel, which allows for good speed on the highway and excellent fuel mileage.
This Kawasaki engine is extremely smooth, and free from vibrations.
The VX 300 has an excellent suspension, straight from the factory. In particular, the forks are very good.
The VX 300 has very good brakes.
Unlike some other VX 300 owners, I really like the stock saddle. It is a comfortable, narrow saddle, and the bike has a low saddle height.
Unlike some other VX 300 owners, I also enjoy the stock gearing of the bike. I appreciate the low first gear for riding technical terrain, and for negotiating slow speed maneuvers on pavement.
I get about 300 miles range from the 4.5-gallon fuel tank before I need to consider refueling.
I like the excellent build quality of this Kawasaki bike.
I like the simple maintenance, and the 7,500-mile schedule for checking the valve clearances.
Aftermarket support for this Kawasaki bike is very good, and getting better all the time.
The fuel gauge on the VX 300 is quite accurate, and the digital display has a lot of nice features.
The wind protection is superb.
The slipper/assist clutch of the VX 300 is definitely the nicest clutch I have ever used.
I'm confident you will enjoy your 2018 Versys-X 300. The red color looks great.