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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-24-2013, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, I'm a new member to the Versys forum. I also had my first lesson on how to ride a motorcycle today! Of course the bike I am learning on is my friends Kawasaki Versys. We found an empty parking lot at a local college, put some cones down, preformed some basic riding maneuvers and after a couple of hours I was feeling pretty confident on the Versys.
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The Versys is a great bike to learn on. It is very forgiving.

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Welcome and now my wife sold her cruiser she is starting to BORROW my versys more and after all the years of teasing me about the little sewing machnine sounding versys she is really enjoying riding it and feel's real safe riding it compared to when she used to ride her c50 suzuki cruiser.
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I highly recommend a MSF basic riders course. Look around in your area at community colleges. You will have a blast and come away with some really good skills.
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There are lots of great videos on youtube on practice drills to try in the parking lot. If you have a library in your area have a look for a book called "Practical Motorcycling". I found it to be a great read as a new rider. Also check out the MSF course in your area if there is one.

Where you are a new rider I would make sure you are wearing full gear. It'll save your butt if you crash at over 5 mph. My leg can attest to the fact that jeans are not much more protective to your skin on pavement than shorts. Crash bars installed on the Versys will prevent expensive damage if you drop the bike on it's side.

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Thank you all for your replys! The person whom I'm working with was a motorcycle instructor for the safety course. He will not teach me how to ride without the proper safety gear. We have been working on getting some of the basic gear such as Helmet, jacket, over the ankle boots and gloves. I am also watching for the states motorcycle training cousre dates and will sign up when their posted. I will check out the training videos as well. Thanks again for all of the feed back!
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Looks like you're doing all the right things! Good stuff. Welcome
Soooo, do you think you might buy a Versys for your first bike?
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I can see a Versys in my future! The issue that I'm having is I want a Versys that is 100% factory! I don't want one that has been worked on and or modified in anyway. The problem is I'm not sure that I want to spend he cash for a new bike. My buddy suggested that we hit a few of the local Kawasaki dealers to see if they have any new/old stock. Possibly something from 2009, 2010 or 2011. Something that a dealer may be able to deal a little on price. I'll keep you posted. Suggestions are always welcome!
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