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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-17-2009, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Buffalo, NY

My name Is Mike but everyone calls me Russo thus the screen name, i live in buffalo NY but I am sure that is obvious.

I bought a 09 green versys last tuesday 8/11 and put about 550 miles on it in the last 6 days. love the bike, especially for 2-up riding with my wife. I think it actually rides better with her, or atleast i am more comfortable because the seat does not tilt so far forward with her on it.

I have been lurking since tuesday, already order new OSRAM bulbs and will likely be doing the seat mod in some form this week. i made a custom 1/2" spacer block for my tank that required no other modification. i will post a picture later but I took a 1/2" piece of aluminum block and milled down the center by 1/4" like the gap on the tank is originally. it fits beautifully and helps a little. i also made spacer for the tabs on the side of the seat that I still have to drill and tap into the tank support for those as well.

A little about me I am an industrial mechanic so I have full access to machining tools, which I love. I have also been repairing bike and cars for a while now which is why i bought the versys. i wanted a bike i could get on and ride, too many projects in the garage, people litterally give me project bike that are cool but take up alot of time.

I have been riding for about a decade and I race with WERA at VIR, Beaverun, summit piont and nelson ledges when i can afford it. I am taking off this fall as a late June accident (high side at 120 at beaverun) provided me with my 4th concussion in 8 years, last 3 from racing so I am taking it easy to recover. another reason I bought the bike.

My wife rides too but she is not very comfortabel on the bike as an operator so I bought the bike as she liked it 2-up. we put about 100 miles on it saturday with a friend it was nice not having her shift all over and fidget to get comfortable or hear her complain when she got off the bike.

I am a complete smart ass but try to keep it to a minumum on the net as it is not always read the way i meant it. Hopefully I will get to meet some of you in the future, until then keep the rubber side down.
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Welcome aboard!! Has the snow even begun to melt up there??





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yes but the rain has been killing us this season. we finally just got our first 3day+ spell without rain starting last monday/tuesday. we had a huge flood weekend prior that cripled 2 towns where a state of emergancy is in one town with national guard present. the snow is the least of our worries this season.

snow is usually only from very end of november/early december until late march, atleast anything that sticks that is. we get a few smaller storms earlier and later but they melt off in a day or two and the roads get cleaned off right away. worst part is the salt in spring.
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Russo,

welcome, I was hoping you were gonna say you were a cab driver and that you recently got beat up by an NHL player!

Ever tour down to Warsaw, Silver Springs, Castile area? I love Letchworth State park area.
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Welcome from Rochester, Russo. I have had my Blue Versys since April, and have yet to see another up here.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-18-2009, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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I mostly ride in the southern tier area and have been down that way a few times. I will be expanding my riding circle now with a more comfortable ride. I do not live that far off your route to get there, drop me a line and pick me up some time I'd be happy to join a ride.

I havent seen another versys around here either. a rare gem i think.
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