I've been reading / "lurking" for about a month or so, thought I should make a post and say: "Howdy!"
Some co-workers were looking at getting motorcycles, and naturally they started prodding me, and it was something I've toyed with in the past - so I said "Yea, I'm going to get one!"
I've never owned (let alone ridden) a motorcycle before, so I was very dependent on what I should look at getting. We started looking for a used Ninja 250 / 500 (500 was the goal). I hit up a couple dealerships, first being the Yamaha / Suzuki one...sat on various sport bikes n cruisers, some felt nice, but didn't quite have that "just right" feeling. I moved on to the Kawasaki dealership, sat on a few bikes - the Ninja 250, the Vulcan, and then there was a 2011 Versys
...... yea, about $7-$8grand...no way I could afford to make payments on that. Then I started drooling over a Suzuki Boulevard C50(?) - same issue, too much (plus it still didn't have the "just right" feeling of the V). Either way, kept checking Craigslist, wall postings, etc.. Then, about 2 months ago (to the day), there was a posting for an '09 Candy Blue Versys - with 2 trunk cases (Givi? - haven't checked the brand), handguards, 2-3 windshields, after market exhaust, always garaged, well maintained, and about 3,770 miles...only $4,200
Met up with the guy at lunch that day (the day after it was posted on Craigslist), he said he'd even knock off $200 because the back tire was "patched" and leaked air - he was hoping to have it replaced before anyone called about the bike. Turns out my co-workers knew the guy too...anyway, after some back n forth with the bank that day and the next, I had bought me an '09 Candy Blue V for $4k.
Sad part? The first day I went to a nearby high school parking lot with my co-workers to learn to drive....we took the hand-guards and threw them in the box that had the mounting plate for the smaller of the two trunk cases, and a bunch of screws.... the next morning, I realized that I left the box of all those goodies on the grass by the parking lot and forgot to grab it! ... I raced out there on my way to work, and it was nowhere to be found
Day 2 on the V, and I had "new boots" that I was going to use for the safety course;
... I couldn't feel anything under my feet, so when I went to stop, I had a FUBAR moment - completely lost control (was just about stopped) ...the bike was laid down - and either I was thrown, or had the natural instinct to think: "oh crap! get away now!" and I launched myself...either way, I did a nice combat roll and was sooo thankful for the jacket, gloves, and helmet
...to this day there is a small spot on my left knee, that if pressed just right, feels like a knife is digging in (bone chip?) .... hahaha ... Day 3: I'm still a lil shaken up (it was the very next day) ... I was getting frustrated and wanted off, my co-worker stopped me and said to get off and breathe; being ever so grateful that he read my mind, I went to get off as fast as possible......problem.....the V is not light enough to dismount like a mountain bike.....YOU NEED TO PUT THE KICKSTAND DOWN FIRST.
...as it was starting to fall over on top of me, I managed to - once again - launch myself away (an hour later my leg was partially numb)....and this fall busted the clutch lever; oddly enough, I've found that I like the shorter lever (I feel like I have more control) - it's about 1.25" shorter (there abouts)...so Pazzo's here I come - when I have the money
Anyway, I've been actually riding on a daily basis now for 2-3 weeks, and loving it! Getting better and better and more comfortable every time I'm out - I just wish Montana had all year weather for riding lol
Picture of my Versys and my co-workers Harley - this was my first trip out of the parking lot and on the road; we rode up to Blue Mountain (Montana) - it wasn't all that long of a drive, but we came across a deer on the way.
So yea...it was a rough start...but it got better...passed the safety course....and now I'm cruising around, runnin' errands with my new blue friend