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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-13-2008, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hello from NE Arkansas

Picked up my Versys Friday morning and am having a ball.

I wanted to start back riding after a year off. Had been on cruisers
and liked each one but out here there are more gravel roads than Hiways
so this looked like the right choice.

I'm studying the forums for add ons and seeing a lot of great information.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-14-2008, 07:43 AM
 
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Welcome.
Is that an Aussie or a Border in your avi?
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Welcome, Not far from me. Where at in NE arkansas are you. I am north of Tulsa and have some family over there.
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Paladin,

That's Jodi the Aussie - she's about 15 and rules the roost w/ the 2 GSD's

Good dog - a little grumpy at times - she's the home protection system -
if anyone bothered my wife , Jodi would tear them a new one.
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Nexxus,

We're in Pocahontas - North of Jonesboro in the North East.

Spent some time & still have family in Bentonville & Springdale, AR.

Only got to Tulsa a few times but really liked it.
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Paladin,

That's Jodi the Aussie - she's about 15 and rules the roost w/ the 2 GSD's

Good dog - a little grumpy at times - she's the home protection system -
if anyone bothered my wife , Jodi would tear them a new one.
I have an Aussie myself and they are a fun dog.
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Nexxus,

We're in Pocahontas - North of Jonesboro in the North East.

Spent some time & still have family in Bentonville & Springdale, AR.

Only got to Tulsa a few times but really liked it.
Have family in Springdale, Rogers, Siloam Springs, and Bella Vista. You are lucky to have probably one of the nicest areas in the south to ride in. GREAT roads, great scenery, can't beat it.
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Welcome to the forum!

I've got lots of gravel (and sand and cinders and oil-and-chip) where I live, too. To make sure that my Versys is sure-footed on the stuff, I'm using a set of Pirelli Corsa MT60 dualsport tires to get a more aggressive tread than the stock tires. So far, they are great . . . although some folks have reported getting as few as 3,000 - 3,500 miles from them. I'm hoping for more!

Your dogs are great. I've got two highly trained squirrel spotters: Chloe (4 pounds) and Connor (15 pounds), both maltese-poodle mixes. They sit on a footstool in front of our living room window and alert us whenever there is a squirrel (or deer, cat, dog, fox, groundhog, coyote, etc.) on the property!

Keep us posted on your adventures on the Versys.

Kevin
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Elllvis,

Thanks for the info on the tires. I've been trying to decide on something a little more
aggressive - but I hate changing out new stuff.

However, if I have another experience like last weekend I may have to.
I got into some new gravel that accumulated on the inside of a curve,
Since all my cruiser riding was on the road, it was exciting for just a couple of seconds.

Lucky I kept it upright, I really think the light weight helped (compared to 750lbs of my last bike), & my MSF course added some confidence.

Our GSD's are Kali (about 90lb) deep voice and pretty intimidating, and Niki (only 60lb) and she's the race horse - my wife runs her on her mountain bike.

Thanks again for the info, I'll check them out.
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What about the Pirelli Scorpions?
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Welcome! I agree that the lightness of the V makes it real easy to handle.

We have two border collies. One's about 13 years old, but still hanging in there.

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Paladin,

I'll check out the Scorpions also.

One looks a little more road, the other looks more off road.

I'll see if I can find some reviews - or search for some threads on the forum.

Thanks,
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Wordguy,

I've always thought border collies were neat, the ones I've gotten to see work sheep & cattle were awsome. I'm pretty well matched w/ our Aussie - she doesn't have as much
energy as the borders (about like me).

We've fostered a couple of hi energy breeds and they were a handfull.
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I'm glad to hear you made it through the gravel unscathed, PharmaSYSt! I hate the stuff. It's especially hazardous in areas (like mine - and, perhaps, yours) where lots of gravel access roads intersect with paved roads. It seems as if there's always a fan-shaped scattering of gravel across the pavement at the point where folks turn left or right onto or from the access road. That's especially "stimulating" when the gravel fan is around the edge of a blind curve! I've learned to NOT barrel through an unfamiliar curve, leaned over in imitation of Stoner or Rossi or Hayden, unless I want to take a chance on buying new bodywork . . . for my bike and for me. Pea gravel on hot asphalt is as friction-freeing as BBs on ice! Holy !

Paladin has a good suggestion, too, with the Scorpions. And, maybe, Avon or someone else might make a relatively aggressive sport-touring tire that would work. Unless the MT60s wear out too quickly, however, I'll probably stick with them. They have gotten me across/through just about every kind of road/trail so far, although I haven't done (and don't plan on voluntarily doing) any "offroad" riding with my Versys.

Watch out for that gravel!
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