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When 'pigs' fly...

I have a great "loop" I ride, just to get a bunch of turns in, and it's around 200 kms (120 miles) long. Along it in one area, several farmers have made neat looking wind-direction 'mobiles', and I've posted up pics of "Snoopy" before, as well as the "Red Baron" at his neighbor's place.

Going by I noticed an addition, so hit the brakes, grabbed the camera, and took these:



and, I guess, his 'take' on..."When pigs fly..."!




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Very cool !

One of the fun things about buying the Versys is that it drives the desire to take all these roads I have passed for years. You always find cool off the beaten path stuff.

I jumped on 421 this morning for some beginner twisties which dumped me out in Bristol. Saw some stunning properties and gorgeous views.

Had I continued for a couple of miles, I would have been on The Snake. I had no idea.

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Do you notice much difference in the handling, performance, etc between the 2015 Versys and your 09? Other than the fact one is new.

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Brakes on the '15 ARE better (NEVER used the ABS yet...); the ride is better (I believe the rear shock has improvements in addition to the remote-spring-preload); and the forks are improved.

So far I've been getting VG mileage, and that's NOT because I'm riding like an "old-man" (which I AM......). Generally riding in a 'spirited' fashion, I've been getting in the 55 to 60 mpgUS range, 69 to 75 mpgImperial, which SOUNDS better....


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I have a great "loop" I ride, just to get a bunch of turns in, and it's around 200 kms (120 miles) long. Along it in one area, several farmers have made neat looking wind-direction 'mobiles', and I've posted up pics of "Snoopy" before, as well as the "Red Baron" at his neighbor's place.
I love stuff like that. I was riding back in the country the other day and a small plane like that was pulling a glider and taking off above the road as I passed under them. Today, a hawk flew with me down the road for a good way before he got distracted and found a better flight plan. The other day a crane (the bird, not the machine) took off from the side of the road and just about hit me. I could just see explaining that one to the insurance agent...
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Twice in AZ I guess I disturbed a turkey vulture at the side of the road, and it flew across JUST as I got there.

Missed, but just BARELY...!


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Very cool !

One of the fun things about buying the Versys is that it drives the desire to take all these roads I have passed for years. You always find cool off the beaten path stuff.

I jumped on 421 this morning for some beginner twisties which dumped me out in Bristol. Saw some stunning properties and gorgeous views.

Had I continued for a couple of miles, I would have been on The Snake. I had no idea.

Back roads for life !
You live in the best place in the world for motorcycles. I put several hundred thousand (BMW) motorcycle miles from Dunlap, TN and then from Nashville on weekends. Every weekend, I'd look at the Weather Channel and explore an area, drop by a big city, and put around 1000 miles per weekend. TN is the best, but where TN/GA/SC/NC meet, there are nice areas too.

My favorite ride was right near where I lived: Suck Creek Mountain between Chattanooga and the Sequatchie Valley. It's 20 miles of low, medium, and high speed turns. Go to one side and turn around, at least once. No cops and State Troopers in the mountains will out run you in their Crown Vics

That was definitely my favorite place I've lived: $350 for 3 bedroom brick house with single garage (and door opener) right next to the side of a mountain
Now in California, I pay twice that for a freaking single room (but I finally got my double garage w/a door opener :-)


Eddie,

Great pics, but all the animals I've seen from Canada in your pics are made of plaster.
I haven't seen one bird or anything.

Are there any live ones up there? I didn't know if hunters and cold Winters got them all.
Wild animals are pretty smart and don't return to unfriendly areas (but a whole continent?)
Birds are a key metric anywhere I go now. If there aren't any around, then something is seriously wrong.

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Great pics, but all the animals I've seen from Canada in your pics are made of plaster.
I haven't seen one bird or anything.

Are there any live ones up there? I didn't know if hunters and cold Winters got them all.
Wild animals are pretty smart and don't return to unfriendly areas (but a whole continent?)
Birds are a key metric anywhere I go now. If there aren't any around, then something is seriously wrong.
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Eddie,

Great pics, but all the animals I've seen from Canada in your pics are made of plaster.
I haven't seen one bird or anything.

Are there any live ones up there? I didn't know if hunters and cold Winters got them all.
Wild animals are pretty smart and don't return to unfriendly areas (but a whole continent?)
Birds are a key metric anywhere I go now. If there aren't any around, then something is seriously wrong.
LOTS of animal pics in my report on riding to D2D 2015! Here's a 'dead' one



and a couple of others....






Go have a look....

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Here's a few animules from my jaunts to the great white north.

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REALLY love your pic of Louise!


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Brakes on the '15 ARE better (NEVER used the ABS yet...); the ride is better (I believe the rear shock has improvements in addition to the remote-spring-preload); and the forks are improved.

So far I've been getting VG mileage, and that's NOT because I'm riding like an "old-man" (which I AM......). Generally riding in a 'spirited' fashion, I've been getting in the 55 to 60 mpgUS range, 69 to 75 mpgImperial, which SOUNDS better....

I don't want to highjack the thread but how do you find the engine vibration in the handlebars on the 2015 vs. 2009. (I think you own a '09 as well, right?)
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...I don't want to highjack the thread but how do you find the engine vibration in the handlebars on the 2015 vs. 2009. (I think you own a '09 as well, right?)
I don't really notice much difference, tho' it MUST be less on the '15.

BTW - I 'had' an '09 till a few weeks back....

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