We figured we had the perfect bikes to try. Light, fuel efficient, and adapted for distance and just the sort of exploratory adventure we hoped to have, the Honda CRF250L Rally and Kawasaki Versys-X 300 are the harbingers of a new class of affordable, lightweight adventure bike. Built on the bones of the Ninja 300, the Versys-X sports a thicker, longer fork, bigger wire-spoked wheels, shorter gearing, new bodywork, a comfy seat, and an upright riding stance. At $5,699 with ABS it's affordable, and at 380 pounds (not including the 17-pound accessory side cases and luggage rack) with its 4.5-gallon tank full, it's easily manageable. Slapping down just shy of 34 hp and 17 pound-feet of torque from its 296cc parallel-twin engine, the X is the smallest, lightest, and most versatile machine in the Versys family.