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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-08-2011, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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First Long(ish) Ride on the New V!!!

Took the new Versys out yesterday with some friends and did a 200 mile ride. Had to take it easy as the trip started in my first 500 miles on this bike so I was keeping it under 5,000 rpm. Still was able to do 70 mph though.

My friends and I went from Superior, a small mining town 40 miles east of Phoenix and took a quaint, winding two-lane highway south to another small mining town called Winkelman. There we ate some great Mexican food and continued on to Miami (that's Miami, AZ), which is, you guessed it, a small mining town. From Miami we continued on small, good highways with easy rolling twists and turns through the beautiful Arizona desert. It was 68 degrees out and wind was calm. PERFECT! Before we headed back around to make the final portion of our loop complete, we stopped off in a dirt lot with some great little hills to play on!

My friends were riding a KLR 650, a V-Strom 1000 and another Versys (a red '08). All and all, it was a great first ride for me and I can't wait to do it again! The V handled exceptionally and was a blast to ride. I was super comfortable and am now looking forward to longer rides, eventually resulting in multi-day trips! Some day, I'm dreaming of running Mexico to Canada on the V!

ALL THE BIKES AT THE GILA RIVER, AZ

CHRIS AND I AT THE GILA RIVER, AZ

MY V AND MY FRIEND TAYLOR'S V MAKING NICE-NICE

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Nice post, nice day, nice life. Keep it up!

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Jealous. It was 10 degrees here in Indiana today and everything has a lovely coating of ice. Is Chris your man? You two make a nice couple. My wife is hoping to pass MSF this spring so we can ride together.
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Nice pics, except the red looks pink on my computer, but nothing wrong with that. We'll see alot more rides after this week's frigid air mass leaves the midsection, 55 degrees Sunday, woohoo!

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Nice pics, except the red looks pink on my computer, but nothing wrong with that. !
Pink the new red this year Element
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Way to go littlerider- looking forward to some rides myself. Seeing the pics makes it tough to wait.
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Nice!! Looks like a fun time!!!



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Trust you had some fun filled time on the V and all the best Little One.

ride safe and be safe_ AGTATT.

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Good pics and glad you had a good ride!

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Nice story and photos. Sounds like it was enjoyable. Envy the 68 degrees too - it's 28 degrees in San Antonio at the moment, and the wind is howling. Pretty miserable for us thin blooded Texans.

BTW, I've always been curious. Are there any little mining towns in Arizona? Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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dmason - Yep, Chris is my man. We're engaged to be married this August in Boulder, CO. Actually I have to get back to planning that shindig as the V has been taking up most of my free time - big surprise! It would be great for you and your wife to ride together. I still like riding on the back of Chris' bike sometimes but I really enjoy us both riding on trips together. Right now he rides a KLR 650. He has his eye on a Super Tenere, but don't we all. He is in the process of selling a Virago, which was what I enjoyed riding on the back of. We love doing these things together and having common interests keeps us close! Good luck to your wife at the MSF course!

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My wife has her own bike (a cruiser) but will not hold that against her and she is doing her first track/training day at the end of this month and i will be doing my 3rd but will not give her any instructions for the sake of marital peace and leave the training to the instructors.

We have a lot of fun riding around the country together and agree LittleRider that a common interest keeps you close.
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For sure! It's irreplaceable as a marital peacemaker. My fiance and I have been together for 6 years. We met as rock climbers and as survival instructors. Our passion for the outdoors and our love of similar hobbies has lead us to a wonderful friendship and a deep trust. I instruct for various schools and guiding companies and teach people to climb or rappel or kayak. You'd be shocked at the lack of trust most married couples have! they're happy to trust me to hold the other end of their ropes as they ascend 100 feet in the air, but not each other. That trust is what allows both Chris and I to be able to ride and trust each other to be safe. I still worry all the time about him riding and I know he does the same, but at least we know each will be as careful as possible, just like in climbing.


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Lol, your allowed to go off topic little Rider its your thread.

All the best for your up coming marriage to Chris and it sounds like you guys have a lot going for you and heaps of common interests. With your skills you could work in a lot of different places around the world, a few of the white water rafting guides i have run into at Queenstown, NZ are from States or Canada
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Nice post, I'm jealous!!, I can't wait until weather gets a bit better here. My wife and I both have a Versys (second one recently acquired) and are looking forward to some days out on the road together!!

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Still trying to get my wife to bite on getting her own bike. So far, no nibbles. My hat is off to you littlerider
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dmason - Yep, Chris is my man. We're engaged to be married this August in Boulder, CO. Actually I have to get back to planning that shindig...
Haha, you don't say? Well, let me know if you want any advice - I've been a wedding photographer for the last 12 years.
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Haha, you don't say? Well, let me know if you want any advice - I've been a wedding photographer for the last 12 years.
Really? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. A good friend of ours is going to be our photographer. He's never done a wedding before but we are confident his general photography skills and his familiarity and friendship with us. Any specific tips you might be able to give him would be great! PM me with your e-mail address if you think it might be okay for him to contact you...or if you just have some tips I could forward to him that would be great!

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I remember since you are 5'2 you were going to get the V lower but it will still be a tall bike for you, how the height going for you? my wife is 5'6 and finds it just a tad to tall.
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