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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-05-2015, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Howdy from California!

Hi,

I've been reading a lot of posts on this forum for the last couple of months. I bought my '14 Versys 650 new off the showroom floor at a great discount as it was surrounded by 2015 bikes.

I wasn't in love with the lime green at first but over the last couple of months it has grown on me. Still, I am always surprised when people compliment the bike on how good it looks. Really? That stacked headlight setup is something I'm still glad I can't see from the saddle.

What I do love about the bike is that it is just right in terms of power and feel. The seating position is perfect for my middle aged body and the bike seems to love twisty mountain roads as much as I do.

What I did not like was the stock tires. In the rain they were just plain scary and after 2500 miles there wasn't much left of them. I'll post more details about that later on the technical thread about tire replacement.

I wanted to start off here by saying a big thanks to the membership for all the advice on suspension setup and tire choices. I'm 200lb in my birthday suit and often ride with my wife on pillion. Finding a setup that would handle my aggressive canyon carving with or without a passenger was made much easier after learning about how others got it done.

If you're in the bay area please let me know. I'm always interested in meeting new riding buddies.

Thanks again!
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Welcome from the People's Republic of Texas. Wait a minute. Did I understand you to say you ride in your 200 pound birthday suit!? You gotta love California!

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BUT I think I'll pass on THAT picture (...a 200# birthday suit......)!

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BUT I think I'll pass on THAT picture (...a 200# birthday suit......)!
Have no fear, not posting any selfies. I guess the good news is that I was more like 225lb a couple of months ago. Hopefully the trend will continue. I'd be happy with anything under 190. For those that feel cheated that there's no nudie pics on this thread I present "50yr old man with beer & sandwich" (No, it isn't a picture of me)

http://www.50ish.org/wp-content/uplo.../obese-man.jpg

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