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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All!

24 years old, took the MSF basic course a month ago, and took the plunge on a perfect used Versys just last week. My first bike, and I love it! I'm 6'2", 280lbs so I do not feel so out of place on this beauty.

It's a 2009 Blue with 9000 miles, but owned by a guy that treated this bike right. I've ridden about 150 miles over the last 2 days and I am hooked!

I used this forum to come to the decision to buy a Versys, and I can't wait to tackle some of the advice, and modifications popularized here.

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At your height I might suggest the Motowerks peg lowering kit. It'll open up your riding position a bit and is good for the knees and back in my case...


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Did you find the riding course useful? I have my Motorcycle license and passed the written test but this will be my first bike.
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Did you find the riding course useful? I have my Motorcycle license and passed the written test but this will be my first bike.
The riding course does a couple things:

-Stops bad habits from forming
-Gives you about 10 hrs of hands on training with a bike with professional supervision
-Brings you to a level of knowledge so that you can act confidently on the road

The last point there is key. You'll spend a lot of time drilling and learning things that you would otherwise have had to learn the hard way. Once you are out on the road, this knowledge allows you to ride with the right focus, instead of worrying the whole time about what might happen next.

Take the course. You can even meet new riders in your area that way!
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yo wi1shier larry here, see your enjoying the bike should have a great summer with that baby. I couldn't get a deal on any used KLR's so I went out and bought a leftover 2011 the next day (Friday) see if I can't post a pic for you. You never know maybe I'll see you somewhere good luck with your new bike!!
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+ 1 on what goat12 said and i'd suggest the motowerks mirror extenders also. I'm the same height and weight as you and those were the first 2 things i did to my bike. Took the pressure off my knees and was able to see more than my shoulders in the mirrors

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Welcome aboard, the V was my first bike too. Take it slow and practice all the things you learned in the MSF course again in an empty parking lot or something before you start hitting the road for longer trips, and always try and learn something new. Just because you passed the test doesn't mean you are a complete and competent rider, so keep practicing and i would suggest checking out the book "proficient motorcycling" by david hough. And as always gear up and keep the rubber pointing down!
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