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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-27-2017, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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While a newbie here I'm definitely not new to motorcycling. I've been on two wheels for the past 56 years. Yah, I'm an ole fart. I just sold my Gold Wing and Lees-ure Lite camping trailer. Gold Wing was my 7th one. Over the years my wife has owned 5. We also dabbed in the Honda ST's. I have had 4 1100's and a 1300. My wife has had 3 1100's.

I have been very fortunate in that we have ridden on two bikes for 38 years together. Unfortunately that all came to an end Oct 2013 when I was hit from behind by an uncaring caged at 55 mph totaling out my ST1100, my camping trailer and all my riding gear. ATGATT you know! I was out of commission for a whole year and at the same time my wife said she's done riding, you can have my bike, a 2003 ST1100P.

After healing I rode the ST with a new camping trailer but needed something larger to pull it, i.e., the Gold Wing, 2002 1800 ABS. But as the years are creeping up on me, decided to go with something lighter.

Enter the 2016 Versys 650LT which a good friend of mine was selling after having it only a year and he loaded it with farkles. He has two other bikes, no time to ride the Kawi. This is not my first Kawi as I bought an enduro many years ago.

So far I am quite impressed with the Versys. I did own a 2012 Suzuki VStrom 650 for a short period of time but it didn't work for me. I'm hoping that the Kawi will serve me well?

This Versys is my 33rd motorcycle and I'm closing in on a million miles on two wheels. We both have ridden in all lower 48 states, most of Canada, and I rode in Italy the four years I was stationed there. After selling the Wing, I couldn't stop riding until my goal, 1 mil, is complete.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-27-2017, 04:34 PM
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Sounds like 56 years well spent
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Awesome! Glad you're back on the bike. Enjoy the new ride. Stay safe out there!
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Used to work for Dr.Pepper in Ft.Worth in the early 90's. Had a route that started in justin then to cleburne and on to glen rose which was great I'd eat at Hammonds BBQ (Yummy Yummy) then to granbury and acton then back to Ft.Worth...

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Congratulations on riding for 56 years, by my maths your older than me ! I thought we were supposed to slow down when we got old or is that just the speed when your on a motorbike?
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Thanks for the warm wishes. I think I'm going to enjoy this Versys.

As for slowing down while getting older, that's just a myth :-)

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Welcome from Canada

to the forum, glad to see you have a story to tell with years of wisdom behind you, ATGATT is something many cruiser riders don't support in Ontario, particularly the Harley riders.
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Welcome aboard from one old fart to another. Also USAF Retired, and looking to shoulder the load of 73 years early next year. I've also been riding for a few years - 1963 give or take, and on and off ever since in the US, England, Germany, Turkey and several places in between. I can't come close to 33 bikes you've owned but I've had my share. Some I've loved and some not so much. The Versys is right up there on my list of excellent machines.

I have to admit that, since hip replacement surgery two years ago, diminishing upper body strength, and short legs, I've recently added a 2015 Can Am Spyder RT-S to the fleet and am slowly learning to appreciate it. It doesn't replace the Versys or our other bikes but it's still a good choice for this "not-a-spring-chicken-any-longer" rider. And I can reply to the unsolicited advice-givers that, no I don't want a convertible and I already have several "real" motorcycles, thank you very much. Funny how it seems one motorcycle is never enough.
Enjoy the Versys!

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