So (hopefully) as of this weekend I'll be picking up not just my first Versys, but my first street bike overall.
I'm coming from a background of performance-oriented cars - handling-oriented mods on Miatas and a heavily modified WRX. From the car world there's both basic rules both all around and vehicle specific. Things like "when in doubt, flat out" (generally, not always), "steer into the slide," etc. Or for a WRX in specific, things like "Don't get a CAI without a tune," and other specific, but general rules.
What are the "general rules" of biking, and what are the Versys-specific things to know?
If this is already compiled in an obvious location, please just point me there. So far most of what I've found through google for "rules of motorcycling" has been more along the lines of how to give a biker wave than how to handle a slide.
#1 dont be a dick.
#2 take care of your bike and it will take care of you,
#3 helmets are magical cloaks of invisibility. once you put one on people in cars, pedestrians, and animals will not see, (or if they do somehow target you.
#4 dont be a dick.
#5 when you stop in traffic dont stop in the middle of the car in front of you, stay off to once side and a good 10'+ away from them.
#6 practice practice practice.. practice emergency maneuvers like quick low speed turns and hard braking.
#7 dont out ride your sight...
#8 never push to hard on an unknown road (and remember a road can change in a snap so once you are to the point you want to push your skills do it on a place that you have checked thoroughly at a lower speed. bikes have a MUCH lower friction (traction) area compared to a car.
#9 every one crashes at some point and we never go out planning to crash. so always wear proper gear. (helmet, gloves, jacket, boots, pants and i dont mean blue jeans. invest in some at least armored riding pants they will save your knees)
#10 did i mention dont be a dick? i know at some points its hard to not get hot headed , like when some one cuts you off, you tail gates you, or what ever. remember what i said in #3? its better to not be hostel and just let it go as much as you can because anger reduces metal clarity and that is when the worst of things happen.
. You didn't mention which Versys you are getting.
my guess from his name it would be a green 09