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First ride on my Versys, first ride ever, what a rush.

Just finished my the MSF course this afternoon and received my motorcycle licence. What a great course, highly recommended for any rider. I'm not done learning but what a good foundation to build on. The class took me outside my comfort zone as well as chalanged me and made me think.

Took my 2012 versys out for my first ride tonight, did not go far, fast or out for a long time but what a rush. Its been sitting in my basement for 2 weeks now while I waited to get my license. It felt good to get it out. Looking forward to a great riding season.

The Versys is a great bike, but I don't need to tell anyone here that. The Versys handled just a bit different from the Jonny peg I drove all weekend. Clutch was better, throttle better as well as a much softer seat.

Just had to share, See you on the road.
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I loved my MSF class. Day one was torrential downpour, and the early half of day 2 was in heavy rains as well. The sun came out for the final testing, and nobody had to yell at the top of their lungs anymore. I still think back to things I learned at that course, to this day. (took it in 2005). Good luck and good riding! Enjoy the V, what a bike! I've had 1000cc tourers, and wannabe sport bikes.. This version of kawi's 650 twin is the tits! Perfect amount of power, and so nimble and willing.


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Good deal on both the course and buying a Versys. I've had many bikes and the Versys is one the best all a round bike out there. Glad to see you here and that you waited to ride says a great deal about you, all good IMHO.

Remember you just are starting so out so don't get all wild and crazy on us! Check your Ego at the door and be will to give way to cars, you won't win anyway so get out of the way. And if you check there are other classes offered that will teach you more and reinforce what the basic class taught you.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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Just finished my the MSF course this afternoon and received my motorcycle licence.... I'm not done learning but what a good foundation to build on.
Enjoy the moment, have fun, revel in all the new sensations, but no, you are not done learning. As someone who has been riding for more than 30 years, I am not done learning. You haven't even started.

I hope that doesn't make me sound like the stereotypical crabby old codger, but the smart ones are still learning until the day they die. The ones who do not keep learning tend to fade away, or flame out fast and ugly.

Enjoy the Versys and have fun. Congrats.

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I'm not done learning but ...
This might win the "Understatement Of The Year" award! Haha

Welcome, great feeling. Always be learning. Cheers!

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If I haven't mentioned this to you in previous posts, please pick up a copy of "proficient motorcycling" by David Hough, "Street Strategies" by David Hough, and "Total Control" by Lee Parks. These books should be on every rider's shelf.

They will provide a lot of insight into the dangers we face on the road and a better understanding of the physics of riding a motorcycle.

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Twist the Wrist II is a very informational video, fairly amusing too... I've actually watched it twice, and it's on YouTube now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVWLIfChUwg

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