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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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New V Rider from Florida

Greetings forum members. Hope this first post makes it through, as I've been lurking on the forum for a couple of weeks. I have been riding same bike for 9 years, and this February traded in my black (and very chromed-out) '03 Honda Spirit 1100 for a nice metallic red '11 Versys. I've rung up about 550 miles since, and expect to be changing the oil & filter by this weekend. It has been a challenge trying to keep the revs < 4K, as I'm a big believer in adhering to the break-in. I ride highway on the evening commutes, so 4K is a slowish 55mph. I've found the V to have pleasant amt of pickup at the 3K part of the power band. Performed first oil change at 100 mi (not the filter) and replaced the OEM oil with Mobil1 10w40. Come this weekend, will be replacing with Valvoline 4T motorcycle 10w40 synth and a Walmart Supertech ST7317 filter. My Honda Spirit was solid machine, truly maint-free, outside of the tires, o & f. I chose to change mostly for the more-std riding ergo of the V. The bike is indeed a good fit for me, and have no problem with the 33-in seat height. Enjoy your Spring riding season, all.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 09:11 AM
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Welcome, if i ever get a brand new bike again i am tempted to drop the first oil out after 5 to 10 miles.
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"Walmart Supertech ST7317 filter" you have been 'here' a while!

You'll probably love the V even more when you can hit the 6-8k rpms.

Ride To Live, Live To Ride....no, really!
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Welcome. Post some pics when you can.

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Check this out for a break in proceedure
http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm
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Welcome. The standard riding position of the Versys was the main reason I bought it but as it turned out it is the most fun I've had on any bike I have owned.....BONUS!

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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 10:21 AM
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Where in south FL? I'm in the Boca area and just bought a V, too.

Oh yeah and welcome!! This is a great site with a wealth of collective knowledge and experience. Enjoy!
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From Ohio.....I lived in Hollywood for 5 years, and moved back here in the 70's...

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Congrats and welcome! I am just north of Tampa and have yet to see another V rider!
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Welcome.

I love Florida, particularly Kissimmee because of Disney World, Universal Studios, a great place to relax and let loose. Been there 5X cause I love it so much, pretty much know the roads at the back of my head then. Feels pretty safe in FL, compared to NYC, it was pretty stressful to drive around NYC. Was staying in AL then, attending the U of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

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welcome

im a NE FLORIDA V rider myself,have the same bike check out my pics under sticks pics, im a new member also. Always enjoy every ride , just did 6- DAYS AT DAYTONA BIKE WEEK.WAS A BLAST,HAVE FUN ,BE SAFE
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Welcome!

Enjoy your new ride. I spend time in northeast Florida, too, but the Sunshine State is pretty-much flat & straight. Now in western Pennsylvania where the roads are sooooo wonderful.

Just a "rambler in my Father's world."
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Hope you have better luck then most finding the SuperTech oil filter. Seems Wal-Mart has discontinued them around here.

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