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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-04-2018, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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So recently purchased a 2008 650 Versys. 7 years ago I sold my much loved Suzuki SV650 after having it for more than 6 years, after graduating from an 80s UJM for a couple years. So, not like the weather has been cooperating in WNY, but I'm kinda nervous about riding after 7 years off. I know kinda being a lady here and should just grip and rip, but I mean, I like walking and stuff


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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-04-2018, 09:17 PM
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Well stated, Charlie. Welcome.

If I had one thing to offer, it would be for you to ride alone for a month or so. Sounds odd, but it gives you a chance to get comfortable with the bike without having to keep up, slow down or adjust your comfort-zone or speed to accommodate someone else or a group. It also serves to grow that little green man on your shoulder that will tap you and say "SLOW DOWN" for certain conditions, etc.

Congrats on the Versys. I also have an oh-8.

Ride safe,
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No need to jump into the deep end of the pool. Just ease into it at a pace that is comfortable for "You"

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Don't be afraid to take another MSF course either. We can get rusty from a long break, and even complacent for riders that have been on two wheels for a while.
The MSF course can shake out some cobwebs and bad habits!
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Don't be afraid to take another MSF course either. We can get rusty from a long break, and even complacent for riders that have been on two wheels for a while.
The MSF course can shake out some cobwebs and bad habits!
Well given advice. I took the MSF class last fall and pulled the trigger on 2017 650 LT. Had it for 2 weeks. Loved every minute on it.

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All good advice. Take things at a pace that's comfortable for you - so you can continue walking and stuff as you say. Become familiar with the machine before you go into the grip and rip mode. Enjoy and ride safely.
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So weather and time finally lined up so went for a little ride. I had the bike stashed at my work, so did a couple slow speed figure eights in the lot and a little straight line accelerating and braking. Then off into traffic. Skills were/are definitely a little rusty, but I still have the basics (I credit MSF course for that)

I'm excited to be riding again and very excited to get over 1st ride jitters.

Thanks for the advice everyone, and ride safe!

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Heck, I feel that way after being off the road for six months each winter....

Ride safe Charlie!
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No need to jump into the deep end of the pool. Just ease into it at a pace that is comfortable for "You"
Well said, "Just easy into it at a pace that is comfortable for you"
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