I rode the 300 first. And like one finds any four year old saying the darndest of things cute at first, I found the 300 endearing as well. But, only for a while. Then, just like the kid's behaviour, the 300 started to bug me.
I have never ridden in the Sahara. And, I have never ridden on sand dunes. But I will be attempting it on the Sherco 300 SCF. If haven't heard about the brand, these guys make dirt bikes; more importantly, they do the Dakar together with TVS Racing.
This is the Kawasaki Versys-X300. Launched in India back in 2017, it is touted as one of the best small ADVs in the market. But, at Rs 5.6 lakhs in Mumbai, it is also very expensive; if not for anything else, for being a 300.