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post #51 of 55 Old 08-08-2019, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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I appreciate all of the comments. I was out of the internet loop for a while, but I'll go through all the comments/respond.

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post #52 of 55 Old 08-08-2019, 06:42 PM
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When I bought my V-Strom 1000 I test rode nine different adventure bikes.

I only tested the CB500X and the X300 when I bought the Versys.

Hopefully, if you really want to switch - you are in an area that encourages test rides like where I live. I get emails about once a month to test ride something. Normally, it is an Indian or a Honda but Kawasaki pushes demo rides as well.

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Here is the latest model X300 loaded.

That's a sweet-looking bike! If I have any Versys 300 questions, I'll be sure and ask you.

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I can see your point about not putting more $ into the bike. Is your suspension turned down as much as possible? When I got my 2005 wee the rear adjustment and the front spring adjustment were turned all the way in. I turned them both all the way out and that made a noticeable difference. the weight is the same but it is a bit lower. I usually wear work boots that jack me up 1 and 1/4 inches taller than barefooted. Sit on and ride a lot of different bikes and let us know how you are doing.
I'm not sure about the suspension, to be honest. I'll have to look into it. I do have riding boots, and that helps. I will get back to this thread once I have tried other bikes, but it will probably be a few months. Have to prioritize and find a job in my new area first. Thank you for the ideas, though.

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post #55 of 55 Old 08-18-2019, 03:28 AM
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It is very simple, v-strom is tall and not very light bike, for ladies it will be a hustle. It requires some muscle to be handled in off/low speed situations, personally I had few situations that required all my strength too keep it from dropping, I can imagine a lady in the same situation would have troubles.

you cannot "get use to it" if there is not enough muscle/height, it will always be a hustle

you need lighter and lower bike with lower center of mass, not touring bike
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