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I bought a 2017 Kawasaki Versys-x 300 yesterday. I've been looking for either a dual sport or small adventure motorcycle for a while. I narrowed it down to the Versys-x or Royal Enfield Himalayan. I found this bike local with 2700 miles for a good price and it already had mods I would have done. It has hand guards, heated grips, larger windshield, bigger front sprocket, phone mount, and charging ports. It's actually red, but the previous owner painted it with peel-able Plastidip paint. I'm probably going to peel it off because I don't care for his decals. The only other thing I might do is get some dual sport tires, but I will see how these do first. I'm looking to ride back roads both paved and unpaved, so I think this will be the perfect bike.

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I bought a 2017 Kawasaki Versys-x 300 yesterday. I've been looking for either a dual sport or small adventure motorcycle for a while. I narrowed it down to the Versys-x or Royal Enfield Himalayan. I found this bike local with 2700 miles for a good price and it already had mods I would have done. It has hand guards, heated grips, larger windshield, bigger front sprocket, phone mount, and charging ports. It's actually red, but the previous owner painted it with peel-able Plastidip paint. I'm probably going to peel it off because I don't care for his decals. The only other thing I might do is get some dual sport tires, but I will see how these do first. I'm looking to ride back roads both paved and unpaved, so I think this will be the perfect bike.
Aha, well if the bike is red, then you actually have a 2018. All the better, right?

Those stock tires did very well for my 2020 VX300 when I rode down to Tennessee in May of 2021, on the Cherohala Skyway, Tail of the Dragon, Blue Ridge Parkway, etc.
But, they're not that great on gravel. I mean,,, they worked OK on stuff like the Forest Service Rd along Santeetlah Creek , to Stewart Cabin and Swan Cabin, but once you wear those out you will have many better choices for tires, given your mission. (Also, the stock rear tire on mine was pretty worn out after that trip, with only about 5,000 miles on it.)

You've got SO much great riding down there, paved and dirt alike! The Versys is an excellent tool for the job, enjoy!
 

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Welcome from NW Georgia!

Nice bike ! Hope you enjoy it as much as I'm enjoying mine 馃憤馃徎 Good plan to ride it a while and find out what you like and don't like. Plenty of time to make changes as you go !

I have to ask about that GLHS in your name ... is the HS for High School -- if so, and you lived in GA... we may have a connection 馃槈
 

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I like that olive green, but it seems that I always like a different color than the one I own. Every time I see a black, green, red, <insert_color_here> Versys, I think "that's a cool color."
But my white is nice too.
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I guess I got the cart before the horse. I still need to get a license. I am going to take a safety course. Tennessee lets certified safety people test you. You just have to present the certificate to the TN Dept. of Safety and pay your license fee. I am excited to ride and enjoy new scenery. I just want to do it safely.
 

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I guess I got the cart before the horse. I still need to get a license. I am going to take a safety course. Tennessee lets certified safety people test you. You just have to present the certificate to the TN Dept. of Safety and pay your license fee. I am excited to ride and enjoy new scenery. I just want to do it safely.
Good plan! Safety always helps 馃憤馃徎
 

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I bought a 2017 Kawasaki Versys-x 300 yesterday. I've been looking for either a dual sport or small adventure motorcycle for a while. I narrowed it down to the Versys-x or Royal Enfield Himalayan. I found this bike local with 2700 miles for a good price and it already had mods I would have done. It has hand guards, heated grips, larger windshield, bigger front sprocket, phone mount, and charging ports. It's actually red, but the previous owner painted it with peel-able Plastidip paint. I'm probably going to peel it off because I don't care for his decals. The only other thing I might do is get some dual sport tires, but I will see how these do first. I'm looking to ride back roads both paved and unpaved, so I think this will be the perfect bike.

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Welcome, congrats for new toy and applause for putting it back to its real shape and color, hope you will have cool experience.
 

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Welcome from NW Georgia!

Nice bike ! Hope you enjoy it as much as I'm enjoying mine 馃憤馃徎 Good plan to ride it a while and find out what you like and don't like. Plenty of time to make changes as you go !

I have to ask about that GLHS in your name ... is the HS for High School -- if so, and you lived in GA... we may have a connection 馃槈
It's a username I have used for years on multiple message forums. It's a car I've owned since 1999. It's a 1987 Dodge Shelby Charger GLHS. It is #0592 of 1000 built by Carrol Shelby. Goes Like Hell Shelby
 

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It's a username I have used for years on multiple message forums. It's a car I've owned since 1999. It's a 1987 Dodge Shelby Charger GLHS. It is #0592 of 1000 built by Carrol Shelby. Goes Like Hell Shelby
I guess you are a fan of the movie "Ford vs Ferrari" then ! Movie had some raw language, but was very good, I thought.

Carrol Shelby was an amazing character. So was Ken Miles.

Pretty cool piece of history you have there.

I attended Gordon Lee High School ... so GLHS kinda stood out... and oddly, class of '87 ... same year as your car.

Happy Monday !
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