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New Guy with a 2013 650.

Hi everyone, I have a 2013 650. I've had it for a few years now and have really enjoyed it. It's my first bike and wanted to get comfortable riding just as it is but am now starting to get interested in making it a bit more mine with the help of everyone here. Looking forward to getting to know everyone!
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Well welcome to the forum. I have an X 300 but there are plenty of 650 owners on here to give you some suggestions.

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Also wanted to add, I am located in the Central Valley California, near Visalia. Easy access to the southern Sequoias and lots of places to explore. Most of what I have done has all been on-road stuff and would like to expand my horizons a bit to get off-road more.
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Thanks for the welcome, I've never ridden a X 300, but from what I've read I like how it's a bit lighter and a bit more clearance!
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Wow. I've never ridden the 650. I might be a bit too short for it because the X 300 is tall for me and I'm only 5' 6." I wear boots with higher heels and a boosting insole. I'm used to riding with those boots and can flat-foot on both sides where before I could only flat-foot one foot with the other tippy-toeing. I have to sit on a 650 with those boots because that's the next bike I want. I'd need to compare it and get to know it well so I'm probably going to try to rent one around here soon.

Wow. California. I'm from the Bronx and I still live here. I split with the X 300 when traffic is stopped, many times in the dooring zone just like I did on a bicycle. Quite a bit between the lanes and the dooring zone. Funny because cyclists also split in the middle of the two lanes on two-lane streets. Not many bicycles here though or X 300s but a few Versys 650s.

I'd like to visit California one day for an extended stay and of course ride.

Please post some pictures of your bike in California

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Wow. It's gorgeous. Both the scenery and the bike. What year is it?

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Wow. It's gorgeous. Both the scenery and the bike. What year is it?

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It's a 2016 V-1000.....I'm located about 20 minutes or less from the ocean and about 45 minutes from the mountains...Lots of good food everywhere....


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It's a 2016 V-1000.....I'm located about 20 minutes or less from the ocean and about 45 minutes from the mountains...Lots of good food everywhere....


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Darn it Joe! I just started back on a diet and you go ahead and post all that food porn! My favorite breakfast weaknesses are chicken fried steak with biscuits and gravy, or eggs Benedict.
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California is a beautiful state! I'll have to get some pictures up later but it great being able to ride from the ocean into the desert and up into the high sierras all in one day. I have never been to the East Coast but it looks like there is no shortage of great places there as well, do you ride year round?
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Darn it Joe! I just started back on a diet and you go ahead and post all that food porn! My favorite breakfast weaknesses are chicken fried steak with biscuits and gravy, or eggs Benedict.

Love biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict. Haven't found a decent Chicken Fried Steak here in Cali. Being from Texas and working as a fry cook at a popular chicken fried steak joint. I'm kind of picky. So i usually just make my own...

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I try to ride year round so yes. This winter I've ridden the most because we haven't had that much snow hang around for that long. It's melted even with the temperature at a steady 30-32 so I've been lucky. The East Coast has some places but I'm tired of it and ready to move elsewhere. Somewhere warmer.

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Love biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict. Haven't found a decent Chicken Fried Steak here in Cali. Being from Texas and working as a fry cook at a popular chicken fried steak joint. I'm kind of picky. So i usually just make my own...
I've got the place if you come to Norcal. There's a little hole in the wall in Auburn called Katrina's. It's the real deal. None of that frozen potato crap here either. Oh, and I forgot one of my other breakfast favorites, home made corn beef hash!





Great Country fried steak!



Eggs Benedict with salmon!

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Wow. That looks soooo good. I'm picking my bags........

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It's a 2016 V-1000.....I'm located about 20 minutes or less from the ocean and about 45 minutes from the mountains...Lots of good food everywhere....


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I've got the place if you come to Norcal. There's a little hole in the wall in Auburn called Katrina's. It's the real deal. None of that frozen potato crap here either. Oh, and I forgot one of my other breakfast favorites, home made corn beef hash!





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Yummy Yummy....Love Corn Beef Hash....Can't stand seafood though...

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Well welcome to the forum. I have an X 300 but there are plenty of 650 owners on here to give you some suggestions.

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I've got the place if you come to Norcal. There's a little hole in the wall in Auburn called Katrina's. It's the real deal. None of that frozen potato crap here either. Oh, and I forgot one of my other breakfast favorites, home made corn beef hash!





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Eggs Benedict with salmon!



Thats in pretty easy riding distance for me too, sounds like a trip I need to make!
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Katrinas is on HWY 49, just north of I-80. The best ride from where you are is to head north on 41 and hook up to HWY 49 at Oakhurst, then 49 all the way. That is a terrific ride!
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