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This is my first test on the Versys with my GoPro.

Quite boring I know. I don't do wheelies, or stoppies or any hard cornering.

... well, I have been riding bikes for only 2 months, so I'm still more than a little careful riding in general.

But I have to show off my new bike somehow ... :D


I have to say, I LOVE that engine. I like that deep rumbling sound it makes and I love that low RPM punch it has (unlike the Ninja 250, the first bike I owned).
 

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I like that lower left perspective. That GoPro works well... You move your left foot back a lot, whenever you're not shifting. :dgi:
 

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... You move your left foot back a lot, whenever you're not shifting. :dgi:
I don’t know why he does it but FWIW, I cruise with the arch of my foot on the peg but when I’m in the twisties I slide it back & put the ball of my foot on it so my boot doesn’t hit the ground.
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I enjoyed! It was a little long for my attention span though. Like the color of yours better than mine (08). Are those Bilt boots you have on there?? I bought a pair and they are really comfy and cheap (like me).
We gotta get you down to WV and let you have some fun in the mountains.
Hell, you may not go back..............
Ride safe and hang on to that "careful attitude"
 

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I don’t know why he does it but FWIW, I cruise with the arch of my foot on the peg but when I’m in the twisties I slide it back & put the ball of my foot on it so my boot doesn’t hit the ground.
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I guess if you video my foot i would be doing same thing as ride 90 % of time with balls of feet on pegs, bit weird i do it even on long straights.
 

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I like that lower left perspective. That GoPro works well... You move your left foot back a lot, whenever you're not shifting. :dgi:
Funny you should mention it: I put the camera there exactly to watch what my foot was doing.

In fact these videos are more for me to analyze my riding habits and figure out if I need improvement in some areas.

Moving my foot back is a habit I developed during the MSF class because one of the instructors said: if you are shifting, move your foot forward and use the shifter. If you are not shifting, put the ball of your foot on the foot peg and leave it there:

1 - you won't accidentally slide it and hit the gear shifter
2 - you give more room to the ground in case you need to lean hard

Or something along those lines.

Bottom line: it was hard to do at first, but once you get used to it you don't think about it.

If I have to shift my foot moves forward. If I don't have to shift, I put the ball of my foot on the foot peg.

Watch this guy: he does the same thing.


Between 1:15 and 1:25 (if you want to just skip ... although the whole video is pretty cool ... far cooler than mine).
 

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I enjoyed! It was a little long for my attention span though. Like the color of yours better than mine (08). Are those Bilt boots you have on there?? I bought a pair and they are really comfy and cheap (like me).
We gotta get you down to WV and let you have some fun in the mountains.
Hell, you may not go back..............
Ride safe and hang on to that "careful attitude"
No they are Tourmasters ... but they were super cheap (they were surplus inventory for an older type).

They were my first boots and I bought them cheap at a time when I didn't know if I would like riding or not so I didn't want to invest too much money in gear.

Turns out that they are really good boots.

It turns out I really love riding as well ... so I might actually take you on that offer to come to WV. Maybe in spring ... It may surprise to know you that I spent 99% of my time in NJ and never actually went anywhere else.

I went to Cincinnati a few times. Indianapolis once, San Francisco once and Florida twice.

That's about it ... You can count on the fingers of one hand the places I've been in the US.

I gotta get out more ... :stickpoke:
 

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It turns out I really love riding as well ... so I might actually take you on that offer to come to WV. Maybe in spring ... It may surprise to know you that I spent 99% of my time in NJ and never actually went anywhere else.

I went to Cincinnati a few times. Indianapolis once, San Francisco once and Florida twice.

That's about it ... You can count on the fingers of one hand the places I've been in the US.

I gotta get out more ... :stickpoke:
If thats the case you have a lot of great exploring to do, and what better way to do it than on a motorcycle! Good on ya, come on down (in the spring).
 

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I like the view from the top of your helmet...would be nice to hear the engine from that viewpoint like you do when the camera is mounted behind your foot. Excellent!
 

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I like the view from the top of your helmet...would be nice to hear the engine from that viewpoint like you do when the camera is mounted behind your foot. Excellent!
I'm trying to resolve that problem ... I need to get a digital recorder and I am going to put the mike in my helmet.

When the cam is on top of the helmet all you can hear is wind past 30 mph ... and it gets really loud and it wipes everything else out.
 
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