So we had a dry couple of days this weekend and I got the old KX250 out and zipped down our gravel road for a few miles with my son who was on his CR85r and followed him up and around the woods. It made me realize that I’m probably a little better rider than I was giving myself credit for. For those not familiar with the KX250 it’s a two stroke that really gets on it. It’s roughly 60 HP when in the peak of power band. I know skills are much different but riding through tight woods trails and even without trails I noticed that my low speed balance is pretty decent as is my throttle control even over some pretty knarly ground.
I think I’m going to focus my search on the Versys 650 at this point. I will always have to travel down ½ mile of gravel to get to the highway to go anywhere. I think the motor is pretty bullet proof and has a good amount of power for the highway but can handle the gravel and rough back roads when called on to do so. It’s also a grownup bike without slipping into the old timer category. I’m not ready to admit that I’m an “old-timer” yet even though my kids may see it differently