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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2009, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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I did it!

After 6 months of deliberation, an MSF course, and much negotiation with the wife, today I rode home from the dealership on my 2009 green Versys. What a glorious ride home!

I got it out the door for $7650.

It was actually my first time riding the V. I had test driven a Sportster and a Buell Uly at the HD dealer. I much preferred the standard Uly over the cruiser, but the power and riding position of the Uly scared me a bit.

I then started looking at other options via the web. I found the SV650 and V Strom to be possibilities and eventually rode a used SV650 but I didnt feel sure it was the one for me. I eventually stumbled onto the Versys and this forum. After reading every possible review of the V and listening to you all rave about it for months, I developed a confidence that the community of experienced riders, and motorcycle journalists likely have a better perspective than me....a new rider (except for dirt bikes as a kid).

So after sitting on the V at the dealership countless times over the last 3 months, I began to feel the V is a great fit for me. It was tough to put down $3000 and sign a loan on a bike I had never ridden, but that feeling is gone after the ride home today.

The bike is everything you guys and the journalists have written, and more! I am so glad to be a motorcyclist and look forward to becoming and expert rider as my skills improve.

Thank you for all of your advise in this decision, whether it was asked directly by me or by another, your responses have been essential to my search for the right bike.

Any other lurkers who are considering the V.....believe the hype!
I will report my experiences as I learn more about this thing.

Thanks and God Bless!

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From halfway round the world, Congrats and Welcome.

As Kawasaki puts it, LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL....
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Well, well, well, look who finally bought a Versys!! Congrats, you wont regret it! Just take it easy for a bit. The tires have a mold release compound on them that makes them a little slick. It wears off fairly quick, but it's good to be cautious. Too bad you're in Florida, though. I guess you can weave back n forth in your lane while riding all those straight roads!!






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Your story sounds like mine...except I have been riding for years. The V-strom was also in the running for me. But I wanted something a little more compact and fun. If you are coming from a dirt bike you will like the Versys height. The bike is tall...compared to my Concours and the sit-up riding position is perfect. You made the right choice.
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Even though you've ridden before, you should
consider a BRC from the MSF. Things have
changed since we rode dirt bikes, even in the
last ten years. There are a lot of techniques
for staying alive that aren't second nature or
self-evident and you have a pretty high
performance bike in your new Versys.

Here's wishing you lots of happy and safe
(s)miles!
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Even though you've ridden before, you should
consider a BRC from the MSF. Things have
changed since we rode dirt bikes, even in the
last ten years. There are a lot of techniques
for staying alive that aren't second nature or
self-evident and you have a pretty high
performance bike in your new Versys.

Here's wishing you lots of happy and safe
(s)miles!
Thanks for the right on concern, AvaChava!
I did take the BRC last fall.
But I am still very aware that I need to practice and learn HABITS that will keep me safer. I will not be commuting on the bike just yet. I am sticking close to home and focusing on improving my skills. Once I feel ready for the commute, I will try it during less congested times and eventually work my way up to my normal commute.

Thanks again

DF

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Sorry, missed the 'after an MSF course' first read.
Should have figured. Congrats on a great attitude.

I'm slogging through David Hough's first book,
Proficient Motorcycling and letting each point
sink in slowly. Old habits can always use some
tuning up and I'm seeing things that are opening
new pathways amongst the neurons. As I age
and the survival instinct runs stronger, things
like 'delayed apexing' and the twelve second
awareness zone just make sense now. It's a
great time to be alive, and RIDING!

Good luck with your practice. Better yet, make
your luck good by practicing! Yeah, that's the
ticket.
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Congrats dFRESHb!

I've owned my Versys for 3 weeks now - just finished the break in period. Like you, I did a ton of research on the Versys but it was easier for me to wait... I'm in Cali so we only recently got them in. Oh, man, the more time I spend riding this bike the more ways it inspires my riding. I've been riding 5 years but if I could I would have started with this bike. You know, you might never want another because in my opinion you're starting off with the best one out there.

Good to hear that you're starting out with the right attitude, taking things slowly and carefully gaining experience in a safe manner. It's going to pay off very quickly for you and you'll have the right skills to fully enjoy your motorcycling career.

Congrats!!!
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Florida got Curves!

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Too bad you're in Florida, though. I guess you can weave back n forth in your lane while riding all those straight roads!!
Hey Bear, considering the number of SnoBirds
and geezer cages he has to negotiate down
there he'll have plenty of self-made curves!
Probably on a par with that So-Cal guy
dodging traffic. Dragon's Tail ain't got nuthin'
on Southern Florida!

Better yet, ride up to the Panhandle about the
first week of May and see if you can dodge all
the drunk HD riders at Thunder Beach. Bring
earplugs...
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welcome

welcome to the show,,,, from here in the UK,
great choice of bike take it easy and enjoy the freedom yahooo,

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