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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-06-2011, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie, saying hello and looking for a ride

Greetings. This is my first post.

I'm in London (UK), but about to relocate to Pasadena CA for 2 or 3 years because my wife's got a job out there.

I'm looking forward to decent motorbike weather, and so I've been looking around for a suitable set of wheels. I can't afford both a car and bike, so I'd prefer to go down the bike route if it's suitable as an all year machine? I'm used to riding in British weather, so figure CA weather will be MUCH better! My choice has narrowed to either a Versys or V-strom (either 650 or 1000), but I have a few questions...

Is the Versys a capable 2-up machine for weekend trips, or should I be looking at the large V-strom? Are there any obvious Versys issues that I should watch out for on pre-loved bikes? Are there any recommended Versys dealerships within striking distance of Pasadena / San Gab Valley? Does anybody want to sell me well looked after, low mileage Versys or V-Strom in September

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-06-2011, 06:11 PM
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Have never ridden 2 up on the versys but heres some dealerships in the area. When i'm in cali i'm pretty close to pasadena.

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My opinion is the strom 1000 would be a better two up bike, have used my v at times for two ups but prefer to crank it out solo.
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Hi Wicky, whereabouts in London are you? I'm in Tottenham - it's been rather ' ' here in the last couple of days as you may have heard!
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Hi Wicky, whereabouts in London are you? I'm in Tottenham - it's been rather ' ' here in the last couple of days as you may have heard!
Yeah, I've heard it's a riot =)

I was in Dalston until a few days ago, but now living in Wimbledon for a couple of weeks before moving to the States.

Hope your bike doesn't get torched!
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Ah, I know Dalston pretty well, used to work there in fact.

As for the rioting, I knew nothing about it although it was all going on less than half a mile from my house- I found out about it later via the radio news, then police helicopters in the sky all morning + both the High Road and Wood Green shopping area closed off as crime scenes.

A preview of our wonderful future 'Big Society' I suspect

Anyway, I don't know if you have had a test ride on the Versys, but I am down in Sarf London (Lewisham) a few days each week as my girlfriend lives there, so you would be most welcome to pop by if you'd like to check out how it feels for a pillion.
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Hey Kevlar, thanks for the offer. Much appreciated.

If Lewisham hasn't burnt to the ground yet, I'd really like to take you up on that.... it's just a matter of timing because I've got millions of things to do before moving. I'll PM you with my phone number, and let me know when you're likely to be down there.

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The Versys does great with a 100lb pillion, not as much with a 200lb one. HTH
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