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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-01-2013, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from north of Seattle

Greetings all; here is a brief intro to my experience with motorbikes. Unlike many of you my first exposure to riding was with a 1991 Honda 750 Nighthawk when I was 60. A couple of years later I sold the Honda and picked up a 2005 Suzuki V-Strom DL1000. I’ve enjoyed riding it in New Mexico and done a number of multi-day trips throughout the southwest, including an 8 day run through southern Utah and Colorado.

Several years ago I moved to the PNW and now mostly do day rides on the wonderful twisty 2 lane roads in this part of Washington state. I was looking for a smaller, more agile bike to see out my relatively short riding career, and thought the Versys might work out well for me. Since I’m 6’2”, and used to a more roomy cockpit with the V-Strom, I may add foot peg lowering blocks. Although I can flatfoot the bike with the standard seat I might consider the lowering kit as well. My balance is not what it was when I was younger, and a lighter bike and a lower CG may allow me to ride safely for an additional number of years. I’m hoping to retire in a year or so and spend some time exploring the Olympic Peninsula and the great roads on Vancouver Island and along the Sunshine Coast up in BC.

I don’t have a Versys yet (as of the beginning of October), but have leads on several in the southern part of the state in my price range. I’ve learned a lot so far from the generous members of this forum and am sure I will enjoy being a member of the community.

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David

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Welcome, David. Had a chance to ride in your neck of the woods over the summer and had a blast...especially when it wasn't raining! ;-)


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Welcome, and don't forget the roads in BC's Okanagan Valley...!
When I moved up north (from NM) I lived in Bellingham for ~1-1/2 years and rode around BC with folks from Vancouver. Never made it that far east, thanks for the suggestion!
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Welcome, the Versys is a perfect bike for all of the rides you have mentioned. I have done them all several times including your Cascades.

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Welcome, the Versys is a perfect bike for all of the rides you have mentioned. I have done them all several times including your Cascades.
I've done parts of the Cascade Loop last year and look forward to exploring the rest on the Versys...
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Welcome from a fellow old fart David!!!!

I did all those roads you mention a few years back but in a 32ft motorhome with a DR650 strapped to the back.
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Welcome from a fellow old fart David!!!!

I did all those roads you mention a few years back but in a 32ft motorhome with a DR650 strapped to the back.
Thanks Britmick for the personalized greeting. Nice that you were able to bring a bike with you when you went traveling in your land yacht.


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Welcome, David. Had a chance to ride in your neck of the woods over the summer and had a blast...especially when it wasn't raining! ;-)
Bones, it really doesn't rain up here much more than, say 300 days a year, at least that's been my experience since moving to the PNW; love the weather!


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