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Just signed up. So far, no ride, no experience, and no ideas where I'll end up. Just took the MSF course this weekend and had a blast. I've learned that it IS possible to teach an old dog new tricks. ;)

Still shopping for a bike and checked out a Versys today. NICE bike. I'd originally discounted the sport bikes and was looking for either a cruiser or a dual-sport. The salesperson suggested looking at the Versys as an alternative and, I'm not sure but I think I'm back at square one. I prefer the upright riding position of the standard style bike and I think I'll probably not be so quick to discount any style for now. That's the good thing about blissful ignorance; it lends itself to an open mind . . . if you'll let it.

For now, I'm hoping to learn from you folks - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Hello Whit, I am from Georgia as well. Congrats on the MSF. Personally, if I had never ridden I don't know if I would start of with a brand new pretty shiny bike. Lots of good deals on some used stuff out there. Yes, this bike IS great. But its not the only GREAT bike. Try to imagine what you want the bike for, and the kind of places you want to go...
 

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Whit...I took some time off riding to raise the family and riding again wasn't on my short list of things to do, until, I found the V and in large part this forum ...When it came time to pull the trigger I had 2 bikes I thought would suit me, the Vstrom and the V...Musta sat on the Vstrom a 100 times and couldn't get over the fairing size and length of the bike, ran good, handled well, but never connected...Never rode or sat on a Versys, walked into the showroom that had one (Cali was the last state to get them as 09's) and they had a (my) blue one, thru a leg over and that was it...Wrote the check and never looked back...Has been a great all around bike for me. Good weight, power, handling and this is important to me, even after a year, I can walk out to the garage and that bike still blows my hair back :D, whether I'm taking her for a ride or not. And if I am taking her for a ride I say the same thing every time "F*** this is a sweet ride", spit out the cigar and we're off.
 

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HPG, I agree with you - new and shiny and neophyte is probably not the best combination. I'll start with used (and probably smaller) with the intention of learning and then turning the intro bike when I'm ready to upgrade.

Contractor, yeah, I was smitten. I'd say it blew my hair back, too, but, well . . . I don't have enought to blow. ;)

I only anticipate street riding at this point but, who knows, that might (and probably will) change as I get some experience. Thanks for the words, folks, I appreciate it.

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I bought a new shiny V as my first bike and other than a few scratches along the way, it has been awesome. To me I would rather spend a few extra dollars on new and not have to worry about potential mechanical issues of a used bike while I am learning. Now that I have a little experience and a bit more bike knowledge I would be more inclined to buy a used bike, but probably more to get something that I really like that isn't any longer in production. I usually buy new drive cars and drive them for a long time, so the same works for bikes.

And welcome!!!
 
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