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New 2011 Versys

So this is the first bike I have purchased and have ridden. The last bike I bought (83 Suzuki GS500L) had a seized engine and wire hardness chewed on by a puppy.

My trip home was fun. I have full Gerbing gear, and it was 40*F outside, with about an hour fifteen minute ride total (Broke up to three parts).

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Congrats on the new bike and great choice of color
+1 on the Gerbings it adds several months to my ridiing season..

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shes looking good, i love my gerbings, be careful with cold tires though!
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I see you have been here for 3 years. Must have been hard to wait this long!

& enjoy the ride!
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Oh it has. Everytime I would save money up to purchase something would happen and I would be out of the money I saved. So this time, I just went for it. My car may die in the next 100-1000 miles but I don't care. Lol. Worst comes to worst I just have to go somewhere besides the PNW.
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looks like you done a few oil changes in your garage by the look of the cardboard
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Wait, so the new bike isn't supposed to leak that much? hah hah.

My honda civic is awesome at oil changes. I don't even have to undo the drainage bolt to change the oil!
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Nice Bike!!! Your gonna love it!!! By the way, the color is exceptional
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Congrats! There are two of those at my local dealer. The color looks better in your pics than in person. I hope to get one in black

Hoping to become a rider soon
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3 years of waiting is no fun, so go enjoy your ride and you deserve it.

You are a very determine guy.
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Yeah.... I went out for a ride after work tonight (Got home at 11pm) as it went from 35 to almost 50 in an hour, and now its back down in the 40's. Was out for an hour and it felt great, made it home just as it started raining...

What do you recommend if riding in the rain to clear your visor?
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First thing is, don't look at the drops on the face shield, look past them. My wife hates it when I do this in the car, but I'm pretty used to it and generally just have the wipers on intermittent.
Second, there are gloves with a built-in wiper blade, generally on the left index, though some on the thumb. This can give you an intermittent wiper for the bike. I have a set that is my go-to for cold/damp riding, though my Rain gloves don't have it, just better water-proofing and faster drying as they're fabric rather than leather.
Third, there are some face shield treatments that can help by causing the rain to bead-up and roll off, like Rain-X for your car. Use one specified for face shields to avoid ruining the shield.
I would recommend using a Pin-Lock face shield if one is available for your helmet or a Fog City if not. Not fogging the shield (or having to keep the shield cracked to avoid fogging) makes a big difference in comfort and safety in rain riding.
Congrats on the new bike, great riding up that way!
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Yeah I look past them as well... Odd as it sounds, over the past 3-4 years I have been doing as much mental training in my car to proper technique until I bought the bike. It feels good to put the training to use.

Thank you for the tips and I am sure I will have more questions haha. Well.... its a 'nice' (Read not snowing and well above freezing) day so I am going to suit up and get some more practice in.
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I've used Rain-X without any problems. But heres one for plastics..http://www.helmetheadcycle.com/produ...nd-windshields

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Awesome advice guys I am getting some FogPro and RainCoat to try out. I've used RainX in the past and loved in on my cars windshield. On the RainX website it says that its best to use just on glass... thus the RainCoat.

Now to hope it ships today!
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Congrats! There are two of those at my local dealer. The color looks better in your pics than in person. I hope to get one in black
I didn't think they came in any other color for the 2011 model.
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What do you recommend if riding in the rain to clear your visor?
If you're on the freeway, or going at any decent speed, turn your head about 45 degrees in both directions, and the majority of the water should blow right off.
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Correct, Red is the only US 2011 color. 2012 is black and also yellow/black. I really like the yellow/black color but the dealership won't have the bike in until March (Ironically that is when I was going to be purchasing the bike, but hey. Plans change, right? )

Besides, my girlfriend loves the red color.... so shes happy
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