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    Kawasaki Releases the 2017 Versys-X 300 Lightweight ADV Bike

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    I like it!
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    That bike is nice to look at and would be fun to borrow for a ride. After your first fall, the bike will look like hell and be a fortune to fix. I am so enamored with my TW. Fun to ride-fun to work on- easy to fix-indestructible-made to ride hard-break-fix again. The other bike is too ornamental.
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    Even has a center stand
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    I can't stop looking at that bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bryce Winnick View Post
    That bike is nice to look at and would be fun to borrow for a ride. After your first fall, the bike will look like hell and be a fortune to fix. I am so enamored with my TW. Fun to ride-fun to work on- easy to fix-indestructible-made to ride hard-break-fix again. The other bike is too ornamental.
    You might be surprised at how well a faired adventure bike can handle a dirt nap. It might not be as easy to pick back up as a TW, but with hand and engine guards installed I bet this little VX300 would fare just fine in an off-pavement get-off. The wind protection those fairings offer will be pretty nice for longer days of on-pavement touring too.
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    Looks good, I just wish they would stop putting the exhaust under the bike.
    If Linda would just learn to ride 2 of those would be nice.
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    I'd actually like to know what sort of plastic the fairings are made of. Is it the more flexible/less fragile "dual sport plastic", or the expensive/crunchy "sport bike plastic"? Also the way it's mounted can be important to this kind of distinction: is it fairly flush with the fuel tank, for example, or is there space in there as on a street bike (not good for drops).
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    Quote Originally Posted by kj7687 View Post
    I'd actually like to know what sort of plastic the fairings are made of. Is it the more flexible/less fragile "dual sport plastic", or the expensive/crunchy "sport bike plastic"? Also the way it's mounted can be important to this kind of distinction: is it fairly flush with the fuel tank, for example, or is there space in there as on a street bike (not good for drops).
    It certainly looks like typical "sport bike" plastic. That's what they're using on the new KLRs, so I can't imagine they went back to tupperware for this even more street-focused bike.

    The overall design of the fairing looks quite a bit like the fairing on the CB500X to me. I can speak from experience that the bars typically keep the fairing from ever touching the ground when you dump that bike. Could be a different story here, only time will tell.

    No way it'll crash as well as a dirt bike, but I don't think that's the intended use of this machine anyhow.

    I'm excited to see what the aftermarket will come up with for this bike, in terms of crash protection and otherwise.
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    I think I'll wait for the BMW.

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