I was scouting around for a modern day tripper, was intrigued by the BMW 310R, but it was months from being available. Then I started reading about Kawasaki's new teeny Versys, the X-300. I liked what I read and what I heard from others on the ADVRDR forum. So in November 2016 I put a deposit down on one. A riding buddy, Cecil, decided to do the same. I decided on the gray and he loved the lime, so we were good.

Come late March after a call from the dealer, Ride Now, we towed my little trailer 100 miles Ocala. Major disappointment. The green bike lacked the promised ABS, the gray was still in the warehouse and would not arrive for a few hours. Then they brought out the papers. The out the door price was $2,100 over MSRP, no haggling. We got our deposits back and left, more angry than dejected.

A little internet search time and Cecil got a return call from Champions Honda Kawasaki in Cocoa. They had both bikes, both with ABS, and were willing to deal at least a bit. We busted down there and a couple of hours later, here we are, locked and loaded.

The first ride confirmed that is more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow. Grab it by the throat and thrash it. Good fun.

So far all I've done is wire it up for a Battery Tender, and install a GPS mount. Next is a DIN power outlet and auxiliary lights.