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First ride report..

I took my longest ride to date on my 2008 Versys. It was only 199 miles but it was a good day. I am just a few clicks over the 600 miles mark and actually got to feel some of the power of this bike. I am very impressed with it's road manners but not the seat.

I live in Wichita Falls TX area and took a ride to the Wichita Mountains near Lawton OK. I know its not that far but was still fun.

I stuck to back roads most of day and relied on the GPS to keep me in the right direction.
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I took my longest ride to date on my 2008 Versys. It was only 199 miles but it was a good day. I am just a few clicks over the 600 miles mark and actually got to feel some of the power of this bike. I am very impressed with it's road manners but not the seat.

I live in Wichita Falls TX area and took a ride to the Wichita Mountains near Lawton OK. I know its not that far but was still fun.

I stuck to back roads most of day and relied on the GPS to keep me in the right direction.
Sounds like you had a blast, But I keep reading on this forum that the seat gives people problems I must have a really strange backside as i find the seat well comfy even on long rides!!! Still if its only the seat that niggles it shows what a great bike the `V` is,,,, Yahooooo :
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Thanks for the report! Is that green vegetation I see in those pics? I thought Oklahoma was all brown & flat...






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Believe it or not, there are some nice places to ride in Oklahoma and North Texas. The mountains are more like hills but everything is flat around here so they seem bigger.

We have been getting some rain lately and doesn't take much to make things green.

I am debating an overnight ride tomorrow in Texas. Any suggestions?
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Have you been to twtex.com? Its a website for Texas riders. Here's a link.

http://www.twtex.com

Join up if you're not already a member, I'll bet there are MANY good suggestions for rides there.

The hill country west of San Antonio/Austin area seems to be popular, but I don't know how far you want to go. Search for the 'three sisters'.

In fact, here's a link to one report on the sisters with a map, pic's & more...

http://brogdensmuse.menofhonorminist...ll_Country.htm




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Thanks for the report! Is that green vegetation I see in those pics? I thought Oklahoma was all brown & flat...


Believe it or not, Oklahoma has the most diverse landscape of any state, by far. We have Plains, Desert, the Largest inland sand dunes (Little Sahara, check it out) Mountains, Foot hils, and northeast oklahoma (Green Country) is one of the most lush areas in the states. We also have more shoreline I think than any other state too, being that we have 3 of the largest man made lakes in the states also.

Oklahoma is a great place to be except for one thing. OUR ROADS SUCK!!! Some of, if not the worst in the nation.

But hey, we are close to north east Arkansas, Motorcyclist Heaven.

Come visit Ya'll - LOL
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Oklahoma is a great place to be except for one thing. OUR ROADS SUCK!!! Some of, if not the worst in the nation.

But hey, we are close to north east Arkansas, Motorcyclist Heaven.

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Try Chicago streets after a hard winter.

I just know Oklahoma from Fort Sill which was in some Gods Forsaken Part of the state.

It sounds interesting. Need to find a new place since the Dragon is gettin too overpopulated.
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Northwest Arkansas - Great Roads, some good touristy spots, Hot Springs, Eureka Springs, and others. You don't have as many twisties as the Dragon but pretty close and the roads are longer, more places to pull off and ALOT more things to do. IMHO
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Believe it or not, there are some nice places to ride in Oklahoma and North Texas. The mountains are more like hills but everything is flat around here so they seem bigger.

We have been getting some rain lately and doesn't take much to make things green.

I am debating an overnight ride tomorrow in Texas. Any suggestions?
So Trooper,

Did you ever go on this ride??



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No I did not go on the overnight ride. I did go on a breakfast run to Roanoke Texas.

On the May 17th, I left the house for about 100 mile ride to meet some other riders from the Two Wheel Texans Forum. The weather was a little nippy when I left a 5:45 but when the sun started coming up it warmed up a little.

We met at a small commuter airport near I-35E and 1171. There was about 15 other riders there from all over the Metroplex. Everyone liked the Versys and I got alot of compliments on the bike.

At about 10:15, I decide to take a run into the middle of Dallas for a 4x4 show. Traffic was hectic as usual and the Versys performed like a champ on the run.

I left about 1:00 pm for the run back home and arrived at about 3:30. Total mileage for the day was 325 and I averaged about 48 miles per gallon.
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