2017 Kawasaki “ADV Executioner” Versys-X 300

Sure, as Fish says, any motorcycle can be a dirtbike if you believe in yourself, but the interesting thing about the Versys-X 300 isn’t whether or not it can function as a bona fide lightweight adventure bike, but rather how Kawasaki, who long dominated the beginner bike segment with their Ninja 250s and 300s, have offered up a legitimately new and different option for new riders.
BMW R1200GS project bike in the water at the 2017 Bungee Brent's Backroad Bash. Photo: Angelica Rubalcaba.

Big Bikes at Bungee Brent’s 10th Annual Backroad Bash & R1200GS Project Update 3

The CityBike Wrecking Crew goes to Bungee Brent’s Backroad Bash every year—it’s become something akin to an annual corporate retreat, which I understand is what real companies call these outings that serve as backdrops for trust falls, sexual harassment and blackmail fodder. It’s a bit of a misnomer, though: we’re not corporate, and we damn sure don’t retreat. Ever.
Ridden & Reviewed: 2016 Honda CFR1200X

The Genuine VF-Article: Honda’s VFR1200X

Honda didn’t get this far by being stupid, though—although they do get a little weird now and then. They get it. They know that people aren’t going to line up to buy this bike for serious long way down or ‘round or wherever shenanigans. They understand what many people use their adventure bikes for, and made the VFR-X a damn near perfect example.