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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-09-2017, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone!

Made a down payment on a black 2007 Versys yesterday. Wasn't really planning on getting a motorcycle just yet since I don't have my license yet, but I figured I'd rather spend more on the bike and practice low speed maneuvers and chicanes on my own than paying the driving school ~150 per lesson (my teacher figured I'd need about 8 more lessons).

Can't wait for the delivery of the bike in a couple of days, but I don't dare to order crash bars in case something goes wrong and I somehow end up not getting the bike.
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Hello everyone!



Made a down payment on a black 2007 Versys yesterday. Wasn't really planning on getting a motorcycle just yet since I don't have my license yet, but I figured I'd rather spend more on the bike and practice low speed maneuvers and chicanes on my own than paying the driving school ~150 per lesson (my teacher figured I'd need about 8 more lessons).



Can't wait for the delivery of the bike in a couple of days, but I don't dare to order crash bars in case something goes wrong and I somehow end up not getting the bike.


Welcome. I would take the class first . Just my 2c


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Welcome...........the Basic MSF course here is under $100 in most cases (can sometimes be free). That sounds like a lot of money per lesson.
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Welcome. I would take the class first . Just my 2c
I've had two 90 minute lessons so far (on a 2017 CB650), and I intend to take more of them later on. It just seems like a waste to pay loads to get low speed balance and clutch practice when I can do it on my own waay cheaper. Appreciate your advice though.


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Welcome...........the Basic MSF course here is under $100 in most cases (can sometimes be free). That sounds like a lot of money per lesson.
Yeah, getting a motorcycle license in Europe is crazy expensive. About $1100 for the mandatory stuff, then add 5-15 lessons and $250-400 for every time you take the practical test (where you're likely to fail if you put your foot down during the dreaded initial low speed balance course - so not looking forward to that part).
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I've had two 90 minute lessons so far (on a 2017 CB650), and I intend to take more of them later on. It just seems like a waste to pay loads to get low speed balance and clutch practice when I can do it on my own waay cheaper. Appreciate your advice though.




Yeah, getting a motorcycle license in Europe is crazy expensive. About $1100 for the mandatory stuff, then add 5-15 lessons and $250-400 for every time you take the practical test (where you're likely to fail if you put your foot down during the dreaded initial low speed balance course - so not looking forward to that part).

If you can balance and clutch, you can to everything else! Balance, clutch, cornering and proper braking. Lessons aren't taught on track days!
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Thanks guys!

Picking the bike up on Tuesday, and a SW Motech engine guard should arrive within a week.
Also considered the Rinntec engine guard, but it looked "misaligned" on the only "real world" picture that I found, so SWM it is.

Any advice on which reasonably priced hand guards to go for?
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...Any advice on which reasonably priced hand guards to go for?
I run ZETA XC guards on my '08 (also ran 'em on the '09 I had till it was a write-off in '15) and they survived a 20 to 30 mph 'low-side' back in '09.

I recommend them.





Here's a pic showing the low-side damage c/w a reflective-tape "bandage"...!


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