I've been researching similar things - I love my 650, but I want to be able to do some backwoods camping. Definitely look at the offroad and moto camping videos of any model you're considering. Some really surprising bikes (e.g. NC700x
) can be reasonable if all you're trying to do is get to a camp site. Then again, you're camping an FZ-07, so I'm preaching to the choir
I've learned that 'off-road' contains quite a few different types of riding and therefore needs/wants. Motocross, trail riding, adventure, even ice racing. Always try to figure out where a reviewer is coming from, because if somebody is evaluating a bike coming from a perspective that is not relevant to you, their review won't be useful. I've read the V300 getting slammed by dirt riders for being a pig, but next to your FZ it's lighter
You seem to have a similar wish list to mine: capable on moderate off road, good under load, has highway power, relatively light (compared with 500lb+ adventure bikes, not compared to dirt bikes), cheap to own and operate.
The CRF250L Rally and the Versys 300 seem like the closest fits. Both can cruise at 70 and max out at 95+, are capable off road, have wind protection, and wouldn't kill me to pick up off the side of the road. I haven't seen many camping / under load videos for either of them, but there are some videos from Southeast Asia of the V crossing riverbeds and such. The biggest differences to me are the higher suspension travel on the CRF250L and the much larger gas tank on the Versys.
CRF250L Rally off road doing the most technical riding I'd ever care to try:
Versys X 300 hitting some beat up trails:
Versys X 300 on more off road:
It looks like you're going to do some trade offs no matter what you pick - torque, max speed, load capability/suspension, wind protection, weight, cost. A lot of the off-road reviews seem to think Husqvarna and KTM as the gold standards, but they're probably over engineered for most camping trips. Also look at Youtube videos of moto camping and people's setups. I've seen a lot of people doing pretty amazing things on the TW200, e.g.
. The TW200 won't do the speeds you need (maxes at 65), but it's an awesome little donkey.
After watching people in SE Asia using damned near any motorcycle to do damned near anything, I think people in the US are too fussy about performance. Where there's a will, there's a way, and you get that. It sounds like you'd be fine with a Versys 300. Best of luck!