Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: San Antonio, TX & Moosehead Lake, ME
Here's one way to look at the choice between the two different Versys models.
The 300X weighs 386 pounds and develops 34 hp., while the 650 weighs 475 pounds and develops 68 hp. And before anyone jumps on these figures, they were taken from the Kawasaki U.S. web site and reviews by Cycle World.
If your weight (300) is added to the 300X curb weight the total is 686 pounds. When that is divided into the horsepower rating (34) the result is 0.0496 hp. per pound. Doing the same calculation for the 650 results in 0.877 hp. per pound. This indicates the Versys 650 provides 77% more horsepower per pound than the Versys 300X. In the long run (especially if it includes riding hilly terrain), this just might convince you to consider investing in the larger of the two excellent bikes.
When I compare my wife's Suzuki TU250X with my 650 Versys, there really isn't any comparison, and I weigh just over 200 pounds. It's very much like the children's story about the tortoise and the hare.
Don't know if this helps but it's my two cents. Whatever you decide, enjoy and ride safely.
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