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Hello Everyone,

New forum member and new motorcyclist at 58 years old. I take delivery of my brand new 2018 Versys 650 LT this Friday. Long road to get to this point. I rode my friendís Suzuki 90 just a couple of times back in the 70ís, and considered riding many times throughout my working life, but I never felt the time was right. I retired here in New Jersey (USA) two years ago, took the MSF Basic Rider Course right then, and got my motorcycle endorsement, but still wasnít ready.

After the Eagles won the Super Bowl (Go Birds!), I started working out, lost a bunch of weight, and got very excited about scratching this damn motorcycle itch Iíve had for most of my life. I ordered the bike, retook the BRC again this past weekend, and canít wait to continue my riding education.


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Welcome and congrats

Two thumbs up to you. fulfill your dreams. scratch that itch. I here so many people say "I wish I had done this or done that" You can instead tell your grandkids what you did when you were 58
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Omce you have the "motorcycle blood" running through your veins it's hard to avoid it! Congrats on your new Versys!
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I would like my first modification to be the SW-Motech center stand. From what I found on webbikeworld.com, there is no cutting of the original Versys's plastic, even though the SW-Motech instructions call for that. Anyone have any experience with it? Also, the kit for the 2015 Versys should work for the 2018 Versys, right?


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I would like my first modification to be the SW-Motech center stand. From what I found on webbikeworld.com, there is no cutting of the original Versys's plastic, even though the SW-Motech instructions call for that. Anyone have any experience with it? Also, the kit for the 2015 Versys should work for the 2018 Versys, right?


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Take a look at the Hepco & Becker center stand. I bought one a few months ago and it's great! I read/heard issues of some of these center stands hitting the chain or you have to put the side stand down before the center stand can go down, etc... So, I went with the H & B, it was easy to install (you only have to remove the small covers at the bottom of the bike, very simple) and the stand does NOT hit the chain and you don't have to put the side stand down first.
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Thanks, I will look at the H&B!
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Welcome aboard. Great that you've come to the place where scratching that itch makes sense. We only get one trip from beginning to end so it's perfectly logical - to me anyway - to do what you can when you can so you don't end up on your death bed saying, "I wish, I should have, why didn't I?" I'd like my only regret to be, "Expletive, I wish I could have ridden just one more time."

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Welcome Sam! North Jersey of South Jersey? When I can get around to it, I've got to get a center stand too. Growing up, all my street bikes had 'em, and its ...inconvenient...to do anything routine (from checking oil to cleaning/lubing the chain) or more with only a side stand. Looking forward to hearing how the 650 works out for you!
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Hello Everyone,

New forum member and new motorcyclist at 58 years old. I take delivery of my brand new 2018 Versys 650 LT this Friday. Long road to get to this point. I rode my friend’s Suzuki 90 just a couple of times back in the 70’s, and considered riding many times throughout my working life, but I never felt the time was right. I retired here in New Jersey (USA) two years ago, took the MSF Basic Rider Course right then, and got my motorcycle endorsement, but still wasn’t ready.

After the Eagles won the Super Bowl (Go Birds!), I started working out, lost a bunch of weight, and got very excited about scratching this damn motorcycle itch I’ve had for most of my life. I ordered the bike, retook the BRC again this past weekend, and can’t wait to continue my riding education.


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Welcome! Now comes the accessorizing

As a new owner and rider you may wish to install engine/tip over bars on the bike. They will save you a lot of grief and prevented damage to the bike and pay for themselves the first time the bike gets tired and wants to lay down on it's side. They can also provide some protection to your lower leg in the event of a crash. A relatively easy DIY install, see below for notes on pit stand which is required.

Also recommended is a cheap set of 8mm swing arm spools (your swing arm is already threaded for these) as well as a spool lift stand so you can more easily clean your bike and do chain maintenance tasks as well as remove your rear wheel for tire replacements.

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Iím from Florence, in Burlington County. I grew up calling this South Jersey, but some call it Central. I still have a 609 area code!
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I never heard of tip over bars o swing arm spools, but I just Googled them and they sound like smart things to do. I guess I will start a slush fund for my bike and hide it from the Ball & Chain!

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