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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-01-2014, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Buffalo to AR next AR to NC Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway

Post Buffalo to Rogers AR new owner report. I have a little over 1200 miles in 2 days on my new to me Versy. This included long fast 80mph highway, 70 mph back country + tight twisties and even some uncharted MO gravel dirt roads that were a unintended Garmin surprise. The bike did great on most except the Batlax 016 "running a 150 rear" tires were not the best off road choice I still found myself doing 45mph at times there. On the highway the Corbin felt like a curse at times and fine others but the poor wind protection was noticed mostly even with the GiVi screen. Fast winding roads to tight twisting roads where effortless. I even forgot about the shifting on the Versys as it was smooth enough and the torque made up for any lapse in selection mid corner. The bike does however like a proper gear selection and shows with impressive confidence mid turn if you are in the best gear. A Few other notes: mirros and bars vibrate like crazy did not bother my arms but the mirrors were unreadable and moved out or adjustment on the highway I could get the wind noise down to silent "good to get by semi's at 80mph" but the windscreen is really too far forward on the bike to make it practical for any long period of time.

The bike would be really great for longish "250/300 miles" runs but my 900 mile day was a bit rough I did however make it. If the wind protection were better I might change that assessment.
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Highway miles south 900+ one day:



Camping in Tennessee on the way there:



Near the South start:





Near the North end:

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