Thanks again to the fresh welcomes, and new advice.
I am 6'2", 210ish. I have sat on an x300, easily flatfooted.
If anything, I constantly question if the 300x is "enough" bike, or should I go with something bigger. I have read the "I'm 6'1" 315 lbs" thread on here, and have considered starting a similar thread about 210 lbs, but since we're going that way here, I'll ask here. (Admins, if this needs its own thread, just say the word)
I have watched and read A LOT of reviews and video, and most agree that while not a rocket, the bike will propel you to highway speeds even if you are a 200-225 pounder. I think the Revzilla guy that did a review was 6'1" 200+.
Also, so far every review has indicated the suspension is well done, especially for new riders. Everyone also pretty much says its lightweight, so, when coupled with its slow power come on, its good handling characteristics, and its light weight, it makes is a very good "starter bike."
I'll add, my intended use is to stay off the interstate. If I have to go somewhere that requires a couple of hours at 70-75mph on the interstate, I'm taking the weather immaterial car and going so I can just get there.
I want to travel state highways, the Blue Ridge Parkway, back roads, etc., on the bike, and see the east coast that has always tore past the window, but not really been "experienced." Couple that with some hard-packed, dirt roads like old NC Hwy 105, which runs along the west rim of Linville Gorge, and you get where I intend to go with the bike, and why based on the information out there, it seems to fit my bill exactly.
My wife is 5'5" 120lbs (mention that and we are both in trouble
) and has riding experience and she also really likes the x300 as well.
So, I have read and watched everything I could run across and joined here to couple that with input from people who actually have, and ride the x300, because they typically aren't trying to sell anything, only (in my experience on these type forums) pass on their good/bad experience that may help me not make the same mistakes, or minimize them.
Long story short! So, thoughts?