I also have a V-Strom and the Versys 300 seems much, much lighter than the specs state. When travelling at speed there is no comparison with a small dirt bike.I put a Russell on all my bikes, so that won't be an issue. I can get a Russell sport and not be raised up much. A 2" Rox riser will bring the bars back a little.
Will I need the anti-vibe Rox risers?
Moto Werks makes a 1 inch lowering dog bone if I need it.
I have an ST1100 that is too big for most of what I do. I also have an XT225 that I heve modified (cam, high compression piston, racing valve springs) to be a pretty good day tourer. Almost. It is pretty unstable at 70, and there is absolutely nothing left. A light weight bike is such a pleasure to ride. I think this Versys will do 85% of what I need done, with a stable ride at 70 and much better brakes then the XT. It weighs about 100 pounds more, but I don't think that will make that much difference.
I experienced this with a Dealer in Las Vegas.. $3999 for Versys 300.. plus $1500 in freight, setup, doc, fees... no thanks.Cycle Trader is a great reference tool, but I haven't experienced 'hidden fees' very much. There are private Sellers and Dealers and they all have different pricing. I have even found a few Dealers that don't charge any set up fees. I guess if you see a price that looks too low, you'll need to contact the Seller to see if there's a "catch".
We are mostly agreed that running in as per the book is impractical/impossible/detrimental.Just brought it home a couple of days ago.
3. This thing is a PITA to break in. Who in the world could ride this thing at 4,000 RPM? I kept it under 6 for the first 20-30 miles. After that, I varied the speed between 5 and 8, with only brief spurts to 8. An onlooker would have thought I was drunk the way I accelerated, then backed off. I made a brief burst to 75 mph and then backed off. It got there pretty quick. I'm only at 110 miles.
5. I went around the bike tightening up the numerous loose fasteners. Does anyone know the torque spec for the engine fasteners? They say loosen, then tighten to spec.
If this thing has the legs everyone says they have I'm sure I'll be happy.
I also started out looking for a used bike, but decided that a new, prior model year Versys-X (2017) is priced low enough to go ahead with new. Great bike for the price, I think. Fortunately, I found a dealer who didn't throw in those extra fees.I joined because I'm interested in a Versys 300. I generally buy used bikes on Ebay. New is a lot harder. It seems the $3,799 prices on Cycle Trader don't include $1,500 in fees. What a rip.