Welcome, eeore39648, where in Mississippi? I live in Ferriday, LA, just across the river from Natchez, and often come over to ride some of the great twisties in and around the Homochitto River area. I have a blue '09, been on it since last August, about 9K miles and couldn't be happier (well, maybe a more soul-stirring exhaust note, but then again, when this one hits its upper register, it does have a nice angry snarl). This forum is almost as addictive as riding the V, and you will learn more than you can absorb about ALL those topics you mentioned. LOTS of different accessories/"farkles" and modifications to decide on, and several of the veteran members have been very helpful responding to some questions.
I haven't seen ANY other V's in my area, and very few "native" dual-sport/sport-tourers of any kind, unless you count BMW's passing through from who-knows-where, which I don't
, so maybe we'll cross paths sometimes.
Thanks for all the welcomes!
I am in central MS. I have been riding the past 3 years with a group I met over on ADVRider. We base our communications there in the, Jackson MS riders, thread. There are 15 or so, of us who ride somewhere, all the time. We ride with each other when we can. I am the only XRL. I always got to be different. Several KLR's, 4 BMW GS's, 2 DRZ400's, 1 Husky 610, 2 Z1000's, ! KLX250(my old bike), 2 Triumph Tiger's, and 1 VERSYS! I have picked the Versys guys brain, each time I ride with him, drooling everywhere. Come to think of it maybe thats why we haven't ridden together since last summer. Nah, just joking. It doesn't matter, we all accept you on whatever bike. Just ride waht you brung, and be ready to ride All day!
We have ridden in the Homochitto area, a time or two. It has alot to desire. I have not ridden as much as I would like in South MS. Hopefully soon I can find a good deal on a Versys, and head your way.
You have not seen any dualsports other than BMW bikes? They are popular, even here amoung my freinds. But there are some KLR riders in LA, in your area.
Last year a buddy and me crashed a camp out, Dual Sport Riders of Louisiana, were having. We met, oh 15-20, very cool riders from LA. Of all ages mid 20's to 60 years old. They do alot together as a group, and it showed.
They were from Covington, Baton Rouge, Slidell, the list goes on. We had found out from another of our buddies, the location of the campout. We showed up introduced ourselves and how we found out, and it was on after that. We rode all day, sat around the campfire, and had a really great time. They are more road twistie type riders. Unlike most Central MS riders, who wantt o Blaze a trail. Been there done that, over it.
You may want to check out the Dual Sport Riders of Louisiana web site.
I am not taking anything away from this site, just since your in LA maybe you would be interested.