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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-12-2009, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hello from the Great Smoky Mts. and a question???

I'm a still-working senior who's modest pension just kicked in and that makes me feel like a small time 'Trust Fund Kid'. So what does a brand new 'TFK' do?

Get a motorcycle, natch!

My last ride, over 40 years ago was one of these:



1960 BSA Goldstar.

Been looking hard at the Bonnevilles but keep coming back to the Versys. Nostalgia is losing out to all-around competence (I hope) and updated technology. Also swayed by the tone of the neighborhood here

I should add that I'm posting now in advance of acquiring a bike as I'm taking the MSF course this weekend coming up, I'll be at a dealers next week with checkbook in hand and the time for lurking is past.

Now the question:

Where has this fixation with getting both feet on the ground come from? Is it that bikes are so heavy now? I can't recall ever putting both feet down at a light, just the brake foot with the other on the shifter, ready to go. I'm not tall and the bike leaned a bit but so what? As you powered off, centripetal(sp?) force took over w/o a thought.
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Welcome aboard! Nice bike in your picture. As far as the two feet thing, I asked the same question awhile back & was told it was more of a confidence thing. I can see that. Not trying to be judgmental, only trying to be educated.



Anyway, you're right, the Bonneville is a great looking bike. If I weren't so big, I'd have one. I wouldn't trade my Versys for it, but I could see getting it as a second bike. Hell, it's so nice looking, I may get one & put it in the living room for decoration!

Good on you for taking the MSF course. I think every rider would benefit some from it. It's not going to help you win a moto gp, but who knows, you may learn something useful.



One last thing, I don't think you'll be disappointed with the Versys. It's a fun bike to ride.




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The Versys is the lowest bike I've had in several years. I can touch both feet with it OK, but that hasn't been the case with several other bikes. I never found it to be a problem. I agree that it just may be a confidence thing and you'll find it won't be necessary. Just my opinion.

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Flat footing might make it easier to back up as well, I usually put the left leg down and keep the right one on the brake at stops. sweet BSA I also like the bonnie. good luck on the class, welcome to this great forum and enjoy the ride.
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make me talk about my hobby...hurt me!

I build tube audio equipment. A tube amplifiers power supply is usually around 450 volts DC and over 100 milliamps, a current to be very respectful around. Heres a whopping 2 Watt'r that uses a 70 year old set of power tubes so I made it to have a bit of an antique look:

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That is a work of art.



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I'm new to the forum to, and will be getting a Versys sometime this coming week. I'm 5'8" with a 32" inseam and had the balls of my feet at a stop. But it didn't feel uncomfortable like my KLR 650 before I lowered it 2". If I get some money out of the removed upgrades from my KLR that I'm trading in, I may get the gel seat for the Versys.

450V DC, that pic reminds me of an old tube amp I use to own, a Bogan. But it was 110V. Wish I still had it, it was a great amp.
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