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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-12-2009, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Hello All! As you can tell I live in the PNWet and drive the Columbia Gorge every day I work (and even days I don't.).

I have been looking at getting a bike for a year and a half or so, but things kept coming up. Now that its a new year I am setting my goal to get a Versys by end of March, coincidently right around my girlfriends birthday. I plan to get the Candy Green color.

Last year I took the safety MSF class and passed the class with flying colors. Then once I got my endorsement my neighbor let me ride his 1000 Wee Strom, and then he bought a tiger triumph (after a divorce go figure) and let me ride that on a short 50 mile ride. Both were fun but the Wee Strom was just too much of a bike for me to see driving every day, and the tiger... that is spendy.

However the Versys just seemed to fit me well. It can be a little snug of a fit as I am 6'5" 155-160 lbs with a 37 1/2" inseam. But I still enjoyed it immensely on my test ride.

Anyways, I have been registered on the forum for a few days but I did lurk for a bit just reading different things about it and I am glad to know there is a good group of people willing to help if there are questions.

Looking forward to meeting up with some of you, and in the mean time ATGATT.
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Hey ZD!

Welcome to the 'Couv!
You won't regret getting a V
Wonderful little bike, it is...

All of us here in the PNWet will have to go riding someday when the weather gets nice.

Later
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Good Morning ZD
Up here in Seattle. I saw your commuting map....Lucky guy. Enjoy your V.
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ZD welcome, we have a group of about 10 V's in the Northwet, the Viagras, VersysIntoAdventuresandGreatRidesAnytime.

Look forward to riding with you in 09.

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welcome ! Just across the puget sound but we may see you around

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Welcome

ZD look forward to meeting this Spring. The Versys will make you smile.
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So for my next excursion to Seattle (hurry up floodwaters and RECEDE), I'm thinking I'm going to get the Corbin saddle prior to that haul. Anyone else got it and can comment?
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I have had both Corbin and Mustang on previous bikes and both were great. Mustang was slightly better and cheaper.

Decided on the V I would go with a sheepskin pad and an Airhawk inflatable pad. Done some 500mile plus days with no issues.

There is a custom seat guy in Seattle called Rich's custom seats; http://www.richscustomseats.com/

You go in with your bike and he custom builds a seat for you-leather, heated you name it he can do it. He's a real craftsman, but it takes all day if you go in person and its about the same price as a Corbin.

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Those sheep skins are incredible and will only set you back less than $100. I learned this the hard way during a 1500 mile/3day trip with my older brother in and around the Grand Canyon. I was in tears by day two and thanked god for the variety store we found in the middle of no where selling rabbit skins for $3. I duct taped 4 skins to the seat of the brand new GS1200 I was riding. I learned my leason and never ride without one.
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Thanks Everyone

Can't wait to ride.

I plan on getting a mostly full set of Gerbing Gear. Heated and armored along with a temp adjuster.

I know they are outside of Olympia in Tumwater and so I will be taking a trip up there to try it out. What do you guys think of the brand/gear? Any thoughts?
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ZD welcome, we have a group of about 10 V's in the Northwet, the Viagras, VersysIntoAdventuresandGreatRidesAnytime.

Look forward to riding with you in 09.

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Machog,

I read some older posts and you have Gerbing gear with the controller for temp.

I plan on getting a full suit. Gloves, Jacket, Pants, and the boot inserts. However I was just curious where you had the temp controller located. I looked like on one of your pictures it was on the fairing on the left side. Where is the connection to plug in your jacket?
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