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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-23-2008, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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New rider, new Versys

Got my Versys about 3 weeks ago, had a co-worker ride it home from the dealer. I got lucky and got into the MSF course as a walk-in. Got my endorsement on my license last Thursday, I've now put 250 miles on the Versys! I love it. My two favorite things are hiking trails and exploring back roads, and this is a great new way to go for a country drive.

Got bumped at a red light, all it did was bend the new license plate. Dropped it in my gravel driveway when it wasn't even running, ugh. Cortech red sport saddle bags on back order, so I bungee corded a milk crate on the back so I can get to work and back on the bike. I've experienced what I've read about, good and bad. During the break in, a buzzer goes off in the instrument panel at about 3500 rpm to tell me to shift and the seat will take some getting used to. I can tuck an arm in and actually see behind me in the mirror of my choice. But I can fix or learn to live with all that, it is a great bike even a newbie can tell it.

I'm feeling good about handling this thing in the country and in traffic, but I wear an armored jacket, boots, full face helmet, gloves, and long pants all the time. The 6 foot guy with the red jacket on the tall red bike seems to get noticed so far.

I hope to get some miles in before winter here in Dayton, Ohio. So far, only a couple people think I'm crazy to do this at 51 years old. The two hardest things so far are, turning around in my gravel drive, and ever getting home once I get out and start having fun!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-23-2008, 09:48 PM
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Cool beans N8UW! to the forum. I bought my V after a 20+ year hiatus from motorcycling at the age of 55; what a great entry/re-entry bike to have chosen. I still haven't told my 84 year old dad I've taken it up again! What he doesn't know won't hurt him!

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Congrats on your purchase and welcome.

Buzz can be easily fixed, do a search here or on

There are after market mirrors that work better than stock or, as I did, get couple of mirror extenders from Speedy.

Seat wise, I actually get on OK with the V seat, but on long trips I use an Airhawk and a sheep skin.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-24-2008, 07:03 PM
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Congratulations and don't worry about just starting - it's a sport you can do your whole life and it's a hell of a lot of fun.

If you're worried about banging the bike up you could consider crashbars and handguards. the crashbars will protect the radiator (big bucks) and the side plastic/blinkers somewhat, and the handguards will keep your levers intact if the bike falls over.

Good luck!!!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-25-2008, 10:49 PM
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Hey congrats on the new bike. I think you have done the best thing you can do as a new Versys owner and that is to fine this forum. You really can learn a lot from the people here especially from the one's that know a lot more than I do. I have done a couple of things to my bike and I find people here are very helpful. Hey Machdog how do you like that crampbuster? I just bought one and have not had a chance to use it.
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