Hi all from the Bronx (part of the 5 "boroughs" of New York City). I just got my 2017 Versys 300 X back in August 2018 as a year-old leftover model. I've got about 1,100 miles on it and use it as a daily drive/ride to go to work, pick up my wife, etc. It handles the Bronx's sometimes pothole-ridden streets quite well for only 5.1" frt/5.8" back wheel travel. It's one of the most affordable dual sports around. I recently did an oil change on it myself.
The first thing is did was get T-Rex crash bars because they use these thick plastic pucks that protrude from the bars. I also got a T-Rex exhaust frame slider - both came in handy when I tipped over a few times. I've since gotten boots with high soles and uses height-boosting insoles. Now both feet flat foot and the fear of falling off of my Versys is gone. I've actually gotten used to the Versys and it's seat position is way more comfortable than my 2014 Suzuki Burgman 200 scooter. That scooter will be sold in the spring.
All I have to do is get a top case to replace some of the Burgman's 40 liters of trunk space. I plan on getting Barkbusters very soon, the power outlet for the dash, and an SW-Motech GPS holder that mounts above the dash right behind the windshield, besides that topcase. I forgot to mention the T-Rex skid plate that I installed but another company makes a much thinker and stronger skid plate so I'll soon be selling my T-Rex one. The last thing I did was add a Gerbing wire to the battery for heated gloves. I need a new controller because Gerbing controllers seem to be bad quality.
Overall the bike is good for the money. First gear is useless on the street so I stop at 2nd gear or even 3rd gear sometimes. 3rd gear and up has some good power band sweet spots but don't expect too much power from the 296cc motor. It's just enough fun to not get bored with the bike and want to sell it. The clutch has a light feel and a small friction zone but I got used to it.
As mentioned the 32" seat height was a problem solved by using thick-soled boots and the riding position is comfortable for the longest rides I've had which were around an hour and a half. The seat itself is a little stiff but it has a low spot which is good for shorter riders.
The brakes could be better especially with a passenger. I'll see if I can actually upgrade the brakes in the future. Please advise if you know anything I could do to decrease stopping distances.
Gas mileage is decent. I haven't run out of gas yet on a trip. I use 91 octane gas and sometimes 93 if I can. I don't have the centerstand but it's not an issue at the gas station.
It handles potholes and rough streets well enough. The other day there was a sunken manhole cover that I thought would make me lose control and wipeout but the Versys 300 X handled it with no problem. Another route I take has a street with a ripple /wavy surface from so many heavy buses and trucks going over it and I can take it up to 30mph. Kind of feels like riding a horse except I haven't been thrown off yet.
Overall the Versys 300 X is great for urban environments with bad streets which would be it's strongest performance attribute. Second would be the sweet spots with 3-5 gear. Third would be seat comfort then mileage then cool looks. It's very practical. I got mine with 0 miles for $6,000 U.S. with tax and tags plus assembly fee and shipping that they charge you. I went to Shelby's Powersports in the Bronx where I had already bought my Burgman scooter 4 years earlier.
I'm known to put serious miles on anything I own be it car or bike. I've ridden in all 5 boroughs with it and taken it through some decent curves. The only thing I wish it had was a bigger motor and slightly more suspension travel front and back. The police haven't bothered me yet so it's been an enjoyable experience so far. Beats taking the MTA's slow-moving, delay prone trains and buses.
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