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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-20-2012, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Going to the dark side

So long boys as I have just delivered my 07 versys to the local dealer as a trade in on a 09 Boulevard M50. The deal was just to good to pass on and the wife really wanted a cruiser for more long distance comfort.

The world is ending tomorow anyway! LOL

It's been fun here and learned lots of tips and tricks .

Good luck and seasons greetings to all.
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So long and I do prefer the m50 over the c50 we used to have.
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Going to the Darkside usually means you are putting a car tire on the back wheel of the bike. There are a lot of darkside threads and some forums dedicated to it.

Enjoy your new ride, but realize that Kawasaki Vulcans have the most passenger comfort out of all the cruisers.
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Congrats and ! Come back and visit sometime!

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congrats and Keep in touch.

Season greetings to you and your loved ones.

Be safe.

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You'll be back.

I can ride longer days on my Versys than I ever could on my M50.

You'll figure out why the first time you try to stand up for a minute to get weight off your tailbone.

I'd rather be riding.
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Congrats on the new bike and enjoy it. The M50 is a nice ride, I know lots of folks who own them. I DO so enjoy riding with them and tearing up corners and red light stops while they try keeping up though. The M50 is a cool bike, BUT you just may miss your Versys a little bit sometimes...

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Enjoy the new ride. I'm a big believer in "ride what you like" yet I wonder whether you'll find more long-distance comfort in the upright posture of a Versys than the reclined posture of a cruiser. Perhaps what you really needed was a seat upgrade. (Or maybe you just wanted a cruiser!)



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Very nice. My wife wants one to replace her S40 thumper - Suzuki's device that turns fuel into leg roasting heat! Enjoy.

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The deal was just to good to pass on and the wife really wanted a cruiser for more long distance comfort.
I like those Suzuki's...that's a nice cruiser. to you and your new bike.

Did your wife see the passenger seat before you bought it? I'm thinking you must have an aftermarket seat in mind, because the stock one looks like it was meant to torture the passenger...it's difficult to imagine that small pad...errrr stock passenger seat would be good for "long distance comfort."

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The driver portion looks nice and cushy though... maybe you should have bought her the M50 and kept the Versys for you?
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That is a stock bike in the pic I posted in the opening post.

The bike we purchased has a mustang seat and back rest...
and yes wifey already gave it the mandatory sit test.
I am please to announce it meets with approval from her backside. LOL

Wish I could have kept the versys but another bike just wasn't in our finances without a trade in.

We pay cash only for our toys and if we can't afford it we don't buy it.

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We pay cash only for our toys and if we can't afford it we don't buy it.
Good philosophy! Where do you draw the line between toys and transportation? Or do you also pay cash for your cars as well, because anything beyond a base car could be considered a toy.
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What's it like getting old?

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What's it like getting old?
Getting OLD? Beats hell out of the alternative...!

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Good philosophy! Where do you draw the line between toys and transportation? Or do you also pay cash for your cars as well, because anything beyond a base car could be considered a toy.
Basic transportation is 1 primary car... beyond that is luxury and or convience...

Line drawn... that being said... all of our cars are paid for.

Normally wifey drives the primary (07 Saturn ion) and I drive the pickup (06 GMC Canyon) due to the fact it is a pig on fuel and I am closer to my job than she is to her job. As you can see by the age of our vehicles there was no need to finance them. Paying cash and avoiding interest charges and the higher insurance rates of brand new vehicles allows us to have toys.

If you need a car and have to finance a car that's fine but if you can pay cash that's even better.

That's not getting old that's just common sense

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No, I agree that keeping toys (and as many belongings as possible for that matter) paid for is not getting old, it's being smart.

Trading the Versys for a cruiser, that's getting old.

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No, I agree that keeping toys (and as many belongings as possible for that matter) paid for is not getting old, it's being smart.

Trading the Versys for a cruiser, that's getting old.
Are you saying anyone not riding a versys is old?

Guess I got old a long time ago cause I heard the same s**t when I traded the CBR for the Versys...
I think the phrase they used at that time was "A sportbike for old farts"

The Versys was a summer toy for me as is wifey's 73 Lemans is summer toy for her

One should ride what they want to as long as they ride for the enjoyment and not to impress someone else.

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Just jackin' with ya. Be sure and let us know when you move on to a trike.

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I tried the cruiser thing (Vulcan 900) after about 27 different sport, standard and dual sport bikes over the years. The last bike before the Vulcan was a 2009 ER6N. Ultimately the wife found the Vulcan less comfortable than the ER, and I found the overall riding experience less than ideal. Now I'm on a Versys and the Vulcan will soon be an around town sunny day bobber.
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