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Very nice ! Looks like a good ride with lots of great views 馃憤馃徎
 

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Don鈥檛 need anymore than a Versys 300x to enjoy New Zealand! (y)
That's what I recon.
At no time on those unsealed backroads did I want more horsepower. Typically, we would be cornering in 3rd gear at about 30 km/h, and maybe accelerating up to 55 km/h and 5th gear on the flat straights (which were rare). All the corners on the hill roads were blind, and there was other traffic about, so we had to be careful. It's not like in Japan where all the mountain road corners have convex mirrors on poles so that you can see if anyone is coming the other way.

The Versys-X (with the 15-tooth sprocket) will hum along at 100 km/h at 6,800 rpm, which is a pleasant note to the ears. It still has the legs to overtake (in 5th) at 130 km/h to get past trucks and slow cars.

As a tourist, I want to be able to enjoy the scenery on a bike that I don't have to muscle through the curves. The Versys-X corners exceptionally well. I am very happy with it. I mean, how fast do you want to go? (I have my R6 if I want to go for a blast.)
 
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