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First year, 20,000 miles done.

GOD I LOVE THIS THING!!!!
Typical story of I rode a dirt bike when I was a kid. Then I hit 39 years old and decided to buy a bike for the road....(midlife crisis accomplished).

On a whim I decided to take the MSF course and the first time I let out the clutch I was hooked.
I finished the class on a Thursday at 2PM had my license on Friday, and the Versys on Saturday just about a year ago. The ride home was a little nerve wrecking. Taking back roads most of the way home, but Ill never forget that first left hand onto a 3 lane road. I took all three lanes and part of the emergency lane I was so scared to lean!!!!

A few months ago I was heading to a gun shop on the other side of town, missed the exit. Said "OH haven't been to Mesquite in a few years, lets go there" Got to Mesquite "Oh I haven't been to St. George in a while" 300 Miles latter I was home from just heading 10 miles to the gun shop for a quick minute.....hah!

20,000 miles in one year, I am still just in love with two wheels. Its amazing how free I feel on the bike, even when people are trying to kill me 2-3 times a day. I'm so glad I went with the versys over the Honda 500x I was leaning towards.

I can't wait for the next 20,000!

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Great write-up!!! Your feelings are shared with many of us, no doubt! I always have said that riding is therapy. I have NEVER had a bad ride, nor have I ever pulled into the driveway still pissed off at something...ever!!! (Even when my bike went one way down the road and I the other way!)
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20k in one year!!! That's fantastic.

You are one "riding fool"...just as the Gump was a "running fool." Love to ride and love to run.

Heck I thought I ride quite a lot but you got me beat. I only did 11k the first year owning my little V-650.

I could not agree more about your comment, "Its amazing how free I feel on the bike."

Having busted up both feet in an accident back in the mid 70's, my activities have been somewhat limited since then. Running and jumping or long hikes in the mountains have all in the rear view since then...but when I get on the bike I feel totally normal (whatever that is...Lol.) The point is when I am on the bike there are no limitations or restrictions on my ability to perform.

This reminds me of a quote from the Late Martin Luther King and I guess I could call it my riding mantra : "Free at last, free at last, than God Almighty I'm free at last...amen and amen.
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20k in one year, wow I don`t come nowhere close to that on my car.
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20k in one year, wow I don`t come nowhere close to that on my car.
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I only did 11k the first year owning my little V-650.
GET OUT MORE!!!!!!! Hah!

hawkerjet Man I hear you. I spent 4 months in a wheel chair and a few more learning to walk again. Ill never run again, but I'm happy to walk a few miles a day (and fly a 150 or so!)

Thankfully I live someplace where I can ride year round and it never rains. I probably wont do as much this next year, but who knows. I work from home 3-4 days a week, so I have the luxury of being able to set my own hours. Someday's you just say "ohhh its 2:00 why dont I go for a lap around Lake Mead" 75 miles latter.....

When the guy at Costco gas station knows you by name you may have a sickness.
Its kind of funny to look at my fuel log it is nearly every other day.
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GET OUT MORE!!!!!!! Hah!

hawkerjet Man I hear you. I spent 4 months in a wheel chair and a few more learning to walk again. Ill never run again, but I'm happy to walk a few miles a day (and fly a 150 or so!)
Man that brings back some memories and as Bill Clinton once said "I feel your pain." Lol. Spent 3 months in a wheel chair with casts on both legs up to my...well you know which parts I mean.

Then crutches for another 9 months and don't forget 6 months of physical therapy. Built such a relationship with the folks at physical therapy that they celebrated my graduation day with an office party, complete with a cake lit with a dozen candles. Real fine folks back then.

But at least we can ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!
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There is truly nothing like riding a motorcycle. The first time I drove in a sports car, my first vehicle in high school, I was hooked on "being there". That's how I think of it. The closed cab of a car is like watching it on TV. Feeling the wind, the sounds, even the rain means it's real. A motorcycle is one big step more real than a sports car. You can lean, feel the wind on your face, pull over on some side road, stop about anywhere.... and did I mention the camaraderie? We wave at each other, get in long conversations, make plans to go somewhere, and tell stories. Oh man, the stories.... Yeh, wouldn't trade it.
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Congrats.

I am on the waning side of my riding career after averaging 25,000 a year for many years. Now I am forced to trailer or haul my bikes to the fun riding locations instead of riding them there. At least I am still riding.

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Congrats.

I am on the waning side of my riding career after averaging 25,000 a year for many years. Now I am forced to trailer or haul my bikes to the fun riding locations instead of riding them there. At least I am still riding.
Sooo trading the Versys in on a Harley? Kidding.
I get the not wanting to do the slab miles, its kind of pointless to do so for most. Makes the miles on the bike much more enjoyable once you get where you are going without all the extra crap on it, and sore muscles.
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Sooo trading the Versys in on a Harley? Kidding.
I get the not wanting to do the slab miles, its kind of pointless to do so for most. Makes the miles on the bike much more enjoyable once you get where you are going without all the extra crap on it, and sore muscles.
I did. I now have a Road Glide Special and the Moto Guzzi V7.
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I did. I now have a Road Glide Special and the Moto Guzzi V7.
That Guzzi is sexy. I went by and looked at them the other day and man I would love to have one.
I really like the new/er front end on the big road bikes from Hardley like that , they look mean now.


Saw the funniest thing about Harley being towed the other day...

Some Harley guy talking about all the great rides hes taking this year and how much he enjoys riding side by side with his brothers...

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How are you fitting 2 F-150s with enclosed trailers in a single lane?
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That Guzzi is sexy. I went by and looked at them the other day and man I would love to have one.
I really like the new/er front end on the big road bikes from Hardley like that , they look mean now.


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Some Harley guy talking about all the great rides hes taking this year and how much he enjoys riding side by side with his brothers...

Some random guy comments

How are you fitting 2 F-150s with enclosed trailers in a single lane?
(massive butthurt ensues)

When I was out touring these United States I saw more Harleys out there touring than any other brand of motorcycle. I was actually amazed at how few Goldwings I saw by comparison.

I put 60,000 miles on my Vulcan Voyager which was a natural progression to my first Harley touring bike.

This was my stable in 2014. The Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic was my first venture away from Japanese motorcycles. Since then I have owned Triumph and Harley outside of the four Japanese brands.

I don't mind the comments about trailering because I have ridden the miles. Now it is about quality miles instead of quantity miles.

I like having the portable garage with me as well.
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The HD Electra/Road Glide is by far what you see the most when going on a long road trip. Lots of people out on those covering huge miles. Other than cornering (it'll go fast enough) it's got self adjusting valves, belt drive and tires that last forever in comparison to sport touring bikes. Good wind protection too. They make great touring bikes. Crossing the US involves going in a strait line most of the time anyways especially in the middle.

I'm really looking forward to seeing HD's take on the ADV bike in the next few years. Hopefully it's not super heavy.

Kyle you got a great deal on the used V, enjoy! I'm trying to convince a friend on mine to go the same route for an upcoming long trip next year. He's only owned large HD's before and is pretty apprehensive about a "small" japanese bike.
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I did. I now have a Road Glide Special and the Moto Guzzi V7.
Is that a 238 Kawi in the pic?

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Is that a 238 Kawi in the pic?

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The HD Electra/Road Glide is by far what you see the most when going on a long road trip. Lots of people out on those covering huge miles. Other than cornering (it'll go fast enough) it's got self adjusting valves, belt drive and tires that last forever in comparison to sport touring bikes. Good wind protection too. They make great touring bikes. Crossing the US involves going in a strait line most of the time anyways especially in the middle.

I'm really looking forward to seeing HD's take on the ADV bike in the next few years. Hopefully it's not super heavy.

Kyle you got a great deal on the used V, enjoy! I'm trying to convince a friend on mine to go the same route for an upcoming long trip next year. He's only owned large HD's before and is pretty apprehensive about a "small" japanese bike.

The Road Glide Special handles curves quite well. It just takes a lot more skill to ride one fast than it does a bike 1/2 its size. Oh, and the Ohlins I have on it help keep those tires in contact with the road.

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...and the Ohlins I have on it help keep those tires in contact with the road.
Is that the meaning of "road-hugging-weight"...?


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The Road Glide Special handles curves quite well. It just takes a lot more skill to ride one fast than it does a bike 1/2 its size. Oh, and the Ohlins I have on it help keep those tires in contact with the road.
What make you of the Pan America?
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Is that the meaning of "road-hugging-weight"...?

A lot like the Concours 1400. Holds a line really well, but not so happy in fast esses. Very planted.

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