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Discussion Small capacity adventure bikes

Discussion in 'Rides and Events - Clubs and Groups' started by Frankster, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. Frankster

    Frankster "Play stupid games, win stupid prizes" Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew

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    Hi All,

    I know we're a 2fiftycc forum, but given we occasionally stray into 'other' capacities and lord knows what else...I thought I'd start a thread looking at small capacity adventure (or crossover) bikes. I've never owned one, but that's not to say I never will.

    I thought I'd kick us off with the 2021 Kawasaki Versys-X 300. A neat little 300 (296cc) parallel twin. Weighing 175 wet and propelled along by a 40HP EFI engine with plenty of torque, it seems like a good thing. $8,000 ride away isn't crazy money, so who knows.

    I started looking at these small capacity bikes when Murdo and I spoke with a young man outside McDonald's Gunnedah about his small capacity adventure bike (Honda CB500X). He seemed rather chuffed with it, so I guess there might be few different models out there in the smaller sizes for us to compare. Please post of you've ridden any of these and give us your feedback. There is no 'limit' to this thread, so if you own a KTM 1290 Super Adventure S, I won't mind if you tell us about it.

    https://kawasaki.com.au/shop/motorcycles/sport/2021-versys-x-300/

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    I ran an SL350 Honda for some years. Ideal both for a commute and a blast around Banks Peninsular on the dirt roads there.

    Later i wanted another small offroad twin but couldn't buy one. So built one...An RM370 twinshock Suzuki rolling chassis with a GS400 twin grafted in. Came out quite nice and rode very well too.

    Smallish twins work well as they're usually smoother than the equivalent singles which can be nicer on long rides. The smoother torque characteristics make them easier to ride in the dirt too - IMO.
     
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