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Bike hasn't been lowered yet so I still get to play with it. LOL Anyway I decided to commute today on it. Distance is about 58 miles with two 3rds of that on twisty mountain roads, the rest is freeway miles. It was a little chilly, 43f at the coolest point. Im 5'11" and 200ish lbs, full gear with Bluetooth helmet and music. I have the rear shock on the softest setting and there is hardly any sag when I sit on the bike. The rear suspension felt about right the entire ride. I could probably tighten it up one notch from softest but Ill leave it for now.

The bikes sweet spot seems to be 55 to 60 mph, the motor is hardly working, its buttery smooth and very little if any vibrations. 60 to 65 is Ok, 70 is where things start to get revy, noisy and windy. 75 to 80 just really wasn't all that enjoyable with the stock windscreen and the engine sitting at 10,000 rpm LOL. In town unless you come to a complete stop there is no need to shift below 3rd gear. The bike is almost more fun to short shift at 7000 or so and roll back in the throttle. Its a good thing we are getting old and speed is no longer a requirement for enjoyment. Seriously, anymore I enjoy poking around country roads at 50 mph or less as much as any other kind of riding. I think I averaged about 60ish MPG for this leg.
 

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Bike hasn't been lowered yet so I still get to play with it. LOL Anyway I decided to commute today on it. Distance is about 58 miles with two 3rds of that on twisty mountain roads, the rest is freeway miles. It was a little chilly, 43f at the coolest point. Im 5'11" and 200ish lbs, full gear with Bluetooth helmet and music. I have the rear shock on the softest setting and there is hardly any sag when I sit on the bike. The rear suspension felt about right the entire ride. I could probably tighten it up one notch from softest but Ill leave it for now.

The bikes sweet spot seems to be 55 to 60 mph, the motor is hardly working, its buttery smooth and very little if any vibrations. 60 to 65 is Ok, 70 is where things start to get revy, noisy and windy. 75 to 80 just really wasn't all that enjoyable with the stock windscreen and the engine sitting at 10,000 rpm LOL. In town unless you come to a complete stop there is no need to shift below 3rd gear. The bike is almost more fun to short shift at 7000 or so and roll back in the throttle. Its a good thing we are getting old and speed is no longer a requirement for enjoyment. Seriously, anymore I enjoy poking around country roads at 50 mph or less as much as any other kind of riding. I think I averaged about 60ish MPG for this leg.
That's a long commute!
I agree with your preliminary assessment - it's a great 60mph (or less) bike and silky smooth too.
I'm running taller gearing...14T-43T front and rear sprocket plus a "taller" rear tire so revs are about 10% lower. This makes hwy riding a little less buzzy.
 

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I definitely enjoy the 45-55 mph rides in the country more (especially riding 2up with my wife) ... but the rpms really don't seem to bother me if I want to "get it going" ... 10k seems pretty effortless from my perspective (even though the same speed is seeing about 6k on my Honda street bike (NT700V)). One of the great things about this bike is how easy ti revs up... and is still smooth. And ... you can go full-out and still be relatively safe. I like to occasionally wring it out with 12.5-13k shifts through the first 4 gears ... and it really hums. But I only do that on a good road with little or no traffic.

I have found the mpg computer on my 2017 V300x to be very optimistic. I had a full tank of slow and gentle cruising, and the average mpg showed 75.4 on the computer; my fuelly computed 67.7. I typically will get around 60mpg calculated ... less depending on how occasionally I max out the acceleration ;-)

Glad you got to enjoy it ... I really enjoy mine ... especially since I can meander down a forest service road when the mood strikes me !
 
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Seems like I’m always in expedite mode on the way to work, but 80+mph seems to beat the time clock every day. I spend a fair amount of time WOT. Really, this little engine doesn’t care and takes everything I throw at it without a whimper. Sometimes I’ll see 3 digits when the road opens up. Handles great too. There’s 2 nice big turns on the off ramp dumping into the parking lot. Good spot to practice cornering skills and the highlight of my day. After burning thru those I stick my arms out for a little air braking before darting right into the parking lot.
 

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Glad you got to enjoy it ... I really enjoy mine ... especially since I can meander down a forest service road when the mood strikes me !
First I need to say that I have a 2017 Versys-X 300, owned from new in spring of 2017 and have over 60,000km (37,000+mi) on it. I still smile every time I ride it.

But after over 50 years of riding everything but Harleys and racing bikes, one thing still puzzles me. I see comments like the above fairly regularly. My apologies to @JT in GA . I mean no criticism or disrespect. It just happens that the comment tweaked a thought that has been running around in my head for awhile now.

It seems with the relatively recent and increasing specialization of motorcycle types, we're letting the marketing departments define what we can or can't do on a motorcycle ... what type of bike we need if we want to do some particular type of riding ... like an occasional meander down a forest service road.

To show how little I know, or care 😉 , about bike types, let me introduce my first "ADV" bike ... a 1981 Kawasaki GPz550. This was marketed as a sportbike but apparently my friend and I didn't entirely understand what we were supposed to do, and not do, with them. We also did extensive touring on them. I guess it's an argument that Ignorance really is Bliss. 🙃

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That’s awesome Ken 👍👍
Yeah, mine’s a ninja with upright ergo’s. I noticed it’s lots of fun on dirt roads too. Haven’t really found the right place to go beyond that yet. But I grew up on a dirt bike. I know what to do when I get there. I like the 300cc governor. It limits the stupidity of the driver.
 

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To show how little I know, or care 😉 , about bike types, let me introduce my first "ADV" bike ... a 1981 Kawasaki GPz550. This was marketed as a sportbike but apparently my friend and I didn't entirely understand what we were supposed to do, and not do, with them. We also did extensive touring on them. I guess it's an argument that Ignorance really is Bliss. 🙃

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I hear that! A few years back that was me on a ST1300 and a buddy on an FJR. We rode up a dirt rode and just kept going. Heck I was even two up. The road turned into a "trail" and before you know it we were at the top of the mountain at a microwave repeater station. LOL Thats when I threw it in reverse (had wife get off and push the bike backwards) and did a six point U turn and headed back down.
 

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First I need to say that I have a 2017 Versys-X 300, owned from new in spring of 2017 and have over 60,000km (37,000+mi) on it. I still smile every time I ride it.

But after over 50 years of riding everything but Harleys and racing bikes, one thing still puzzles me. I see comments like the above fairly regularly. My apologies to @JT in GA . I mean no criticism or disrespect. It just happens that the comment tweaked a thought that has been running around in my head for awhile now.

It seems with the relatively recent and increasing specialization of motorcycle types, we're letting the marketing departments define what we can or can't do on a motorcycle ... what type of bike we need if we want to do some particular type of riding ... like an occasional meander down a forest service road.

To show how little I know, or care 😉 , about bike types, let me introduce my first "ADV" bike ... a 1981 Kawasaki GPz550. This was marketed as a sportbike but apparently my friend and I didn't entirely understand what we were supposed to do, and not do, with them. We also did extensive touring on them. I guess it's an argument that Ignorance really is Bliss. 🙃

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I guess I am unskilled enough that I can't meander down a gravel road very well on my street bike with street tires 😂 ... I tried it a couple of times with my NT700V... felt uncomfortable. The Versys is more nimble and better shoes for the terrain. I guess the dual sport and adv "specialized" bikes allow me a little more freedom without so much skill 😉
 
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I guess I am unskilled enough that I can't meander down a gravel road very well on my street bike with street tires 😂 ... I tried it a couple of times with my NT700V... felt uncomfortable. The Versys is more nimble and better shoes for the terrain. I guess the dual sport and adv "specialized" bikes allow me a little more freedom without so much skill 😉
😁 I grew up on dirt bikes and enduros so dirt seems kinda normal to me. I think its all a matter of what you have experience with. When I first moved here and went on group rides everyone thought I was crazy riding in the rain with speed. I told them where I came from I was lucky to ever ride on dry pavement. LOL
 

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I guess I am unskilled enough that I can't meander down a gravel road very well on my street bike with street tires 😂 ... I tried it a couple of times with my NT700V... felt uncomfortable. The Versys is more nimble and better shoes for the terrain. I guess the dual sport and adv "specialized" bikes allow me a little more freedom without so much skill 😉
As Mike said: differently skilled. With bikes, it depends on mainly two things:

1. Your experience with different types of riding .. different surfaces, different types and sizes of bikes, straight vs curves, gentle sweepers vs tight twisties, high speeds vs leisurely pace, and so on. And,
2. The general suitability of the bike you're on for the situation you're in at the moment.

The fact that you're on here talking with us is clear evidence that you're sufficiently skilled for the riding you've done so far to have survived it. That's underscored by the fact that you were uncomfortable with the NT700V with pure street tires off the pavement and paced yourself accordingly. It's not that you can't ride it there. It just wouldn't be your first choice.

At the end of the day, good judgement is what will keep you out of the ambulance and you clearly have it.
 

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I rode my Himalayan with 50/50 tires on a very muddy red clay mountain road in the Philippines (Road? Goat Trail, really) and if it wasn't for my nephew and my friend helping quite a bit, I think I would not have made it. In my defense they are both 20 years younger than me, and to my nephew's honor, he was wrestling a 97 KLR through those hills. I kept thinking, this would be fun on a proper dirt bike. We came back a few months later, I was on my CRF 150 with proper dirt tires. The ride was easy and fun. Again, to my nephew's credit, he wrestled my Himalayan through the 2nd time. On that trip, we also had a Chinese made 150, an XR 150 and my CRF, also a 2nd Himalayan and a G650 GS.
 
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