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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-22-2015, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Riding again after 32 years

Hi All. I just started riding again after a 32 year break! I rode from the age of 6 to 16 (first a Honda 50 Minitrail, then a Honda CB 125, then a Honda XL 250). The bikes went away and life took me away from riding for the next 32 years. Then came 2015, and at age 48 I decided enough was enough; I was determined to get my M license! I took the MSF Basic Rider Course and had my M license a month later. (I highly recommend the MSF course for all riders.) The only thing missing now was a new BIKE. Well at 6'4" I needed a tall bike; the Versys 650 offered everything I could ever want in my new bike, including a high seat. I am in love with my Versys - I love the size, the style, the color, the comfortable seat, the motor, the value, and more. I'm glad the 2015 Versys was there when I began riding again and I can't wait to explore new roads!
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Welcome back!

My one piece of advice; use lots of caution when approaching every intersection.

I've recently read more stories than I care to about motorcyclists being hit by left hand turning vehicles... and I myself have been hit twice in the past 3 years by people trying to make a quick left that "didn't see me". Granted I life in a city, but it applies everywhere.

With that said, enjoy the ride, there is always something new to see, and somewhere new to explore.
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Welcome back to the world of two wheels (and left-turning oblivious SUV drivers). Rule one: ride as if you are invisible. Rule two: see rule one.

BTW, that's a VERY nice looking machine. I may have to seriously consider one. Or as a Texan would say, "I'm fixin' to get me one of them-thar bikes."
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And, Arion, they make them in GREEN too....

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Welcome back after so many years away
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It's always good to hear of one returning! Congratulations - ride safe
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Welcome back to riding. I have a white 2015 just like yours. They are awesome bikes.

Enjoy and ride safe...

Current bikes:
2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300SE
2009 Triumph Bonneville
2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT
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GS500F, GSX650F, TU250, SV650, Vulcan 900
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And, Arion, they make them in GREEN too....

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Ah yes, the envy color. Or is it colour?

I seem to have gotten it all wrong. The VW Jetta "not-so-clean" diesel is red, the Abarth is red, the TR-6 is red, the Versys is red, and the CTX700 is red. Sorry. Oh wait, the K75S is green! There's hope for me yet?

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Ah yes, the envy color. Or is it colour?
There's hope for me yet?
Well, Arion, I "HOPE" there is...!


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Welcome back!!! I have been riding for 50 yrs albeit there were a few years when I did not get out much. But the bug bit me hard a few years ago. Be warned I now have a 2009 1800 Goldwing, a 2011 Suzuki GSX650, 2009 650 Versys, and a 2008 Concours and not to mention a very understanding wife of 43 plus years.
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Welcome back!!! I have been riding for 50 yrs albeit there were a few years when I did not get out much. But the bug bit me hard a few years ago. Be warned I now have a 2009 1800 Goldwing, a 2011 Suzuki GSX650, 2009 650 Versys, and a 2008 Concours and not to mention a very understanding wife of 43 plus years.
Plus - Steve rides pretty GOOD for an 'old' guy...!

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Thanks for the welcome! Thats's a pretty nice collection of bikes. I said recently that if I ever get another (bigger) bike I'm NOT going to trade-in my Versys 650; I'll just start a collection like Jay Leno!
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Welcome back to riding and welcome to the forum.
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Welcome back!!!! I love the new Versys in white! Ride safe and have a blast!
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Firstly, I would like to congratulate you for getting your life back after 32 years! It is a long time indeed! I wish you all the best for your new journey and a great motorcycling experience! Ride Smart and Ride Safe! <3
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Welcome back to riding. I'm 6'3'' so right there with ya man. Sounds like lowering pegs and mirror extenders are in order, those were my first mods that made a world of difference.
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