Join Date: May 2014
Location: Northern Virginia
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Hello, I'm Ben Russo. I live in Northern Virginia, just a dozen miles, or so, West of Washington DC.
When I was just 12, I had a friend down the street with a CR80R. Had a blast riding his bike now and then. *MY* first bike, was a Honda FT500, back in '88, and after that a Kawasaki Eliminator ZL750 (AWESOME BIKE!). Then I could afford a car, but not both bikes and car. So I had a 10 year break from motorbikes. Got a Kawasaki Concourse 1000 back in 2002. Traded that in for a GoldWing GL1800, which I really loved but it killed my hips, knees and back... Got a 2006 BMW R1200RT which I still have, I've put about 40K miles on that and LOVE IT. But it is too big and heavy to commute to work on for my short commute of 5 miles each way. So, just last week, I bought a red 2008 Kawasaki Versys with 5,700 miles. It is almost 300 lbs' lighter than my R1200 with all the luggage on it.
It came with the stock seat, and a gel seat. An MRA "standard" height tinted windshield. What I think are MotoWerk lowering blocks for the rear. A clamp on kickstand foot (because the kickstand needed to be shortened?) Frame Sliders are on it..(like those). What I think (sorry, it's new) is a SW-Moto rear luggage rack. And a Genuine Kawasaki Givi Box (small, just big enough for a full face hlemet). It also has a rear service stand and "spools" on the rear swing arm.
So far, (just 6 days in), I have added a BackOff XP brake light flasher A Pyramid Fenda Extenda. And I did new Oil and filter just today. Thanks to the forum I got Purolator Pure-One oil filters. ( I use those compatible car filters on my other bikes with screw on filters too, they are nice ).
I rotated the bars forward (and thereby up) and adjusted all the levers and controls to fit. I'm 6'1.5" and 240....
I really like the bike, but have a few questions that I will save for the right forum sections, once I am unlocked from NEWBY status and stuck here.
Anyways, nice to meet ya'll.