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Just a bit to the north of you, I got out for a couple hours myself. First pic is overlooking my hometown of Chase. Second pic is on the back road to Sun Peaks. The Arrowleaf Balsamroots are in full bloom right now. They create an amazing yellow sheen on the hillsides here in the South Thompson. :cool: View attachment 187679 View attachment 187680
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Across US33 to McDowell Va then looped back around today. Was a great day for riding! Saw a group of enduro riders in Highland County. Anyone in Shenandoah Valley area looking for weekend rides? If so I’d like to join in sometime. View attachment 187893
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Forecast was for mostly cloudy, some rain, but my wife asked me to water her community garden, so I left home at 1030hrs, under cloudy skies, mounted on the GREEN HORNET TOO, my '15 V650.

The garden is about 10 miles from home, so got there and 'put in' about 30 mins w/ the hose, then back out W to Lake Okanagan for the fun ride up to Vernon along the lake. A bit of rain, along a road SERIOUSLY in need of repair due some BIG potholes, but raining a bit more as I got closer to Vernon. Pulled into the 'usual' gas-station w/ 350 kms on ODO A, and added 14.87L of regular. That computes to 23.53 km/L or 66.4 mpgImperial, less in US gallons, 52.88 mpgUS.

By that time it was raining a bit 'harder' but I headed back along the lake on the same road I'd just ridden. Hardly any traffic, but fun none-the-less, and it took 50.1 kms (30.1 miles) total to home, so my "rainy-day" ride was about 100 kms// 62 miles.

NO pics as I didn't want my camera wet.

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Had fun last weekend. My brother was starting work in a regional hospital about 500kms away. He was planning on riding there in 1 go so I got worried for him and offered to be his wingman/ riding buddy since he does not ride as often.

It was the longest ride I had taken and the extra skills trainings (motogymkhana primarily) and of course the mile (km) eating nature of the Versys made the trip enjoyable. The humidity, scattered rainshowers and some heavy traffic killed some of the fun but overall I still enjoyed it.

That said, it was very good I escorted my brother as he was really wasted at the end of the trip and says the comms helped a lot on keeping him alert near the tail end of the trip on Sat. He plans to divide the trip in 2 next time he will do that again.
The only thing that got sore for me was my neck due to the frequent head checks since my brother was leading and I was covering the back.

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Start of the trip, me on the Versys with my brother on the Kymco Xciting 400.
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Obligatory picture with the Philippines Mayon Volcano. A little rainy at the start when going back home but good thing the clouds parted enough for me to get this picture.
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Back home after about 21 hours of riding on the weekend.
 

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Took the Versys 650 to the local Kwaka Shop for a demo ride on the latest Ninja H2 SX. It doesn't have the electronic suspension over here or bags as standard.
I forgot how high pegs are on a sports bike, how much you fold the torso over to reach the drop bars. Oh, if I was still in the prime age group for this steed !
A very steady bike, comfortable enough for a 20 km ride down the local highway and back through the suburban roads. Pick any speed and it would just keep it there - some bike's just tempt more out of the throttle hand than intended, but not the H2. Just starting and turning off the bike need a run through with a Dealer, It's not turn a key like the Versys 650.

40 or 100 kph, just stuck there 'happy as Larry' all day long. Just the bike to rise through roadwork restricted zones - the Versys always wants to go faster.
BUT, I was glad to be back on my bike, the non supercharged one, more user friendly, even if it can't accelerate faster than Superman. 3 by Versys 650 = 1 Ninja SX, you'll need a good wage for this toy.
On the way back, I went the back roads along the mountain range, and here's a pic at a scenic carpark at Mt Mee, north of Brisbane.

If any local riders from SE Queensland use this very popular riding route mid week, it's worth remember that I was riding at midday on a working Thursday.
Leaving Mt Mee, I passed (they were going opposite direction to me - who in their right mind overtake's Police ?) a fully marked hi viz Police Yamaha FZR bike going towards Caboolture direction and right behind him was an unmarked Black BMW Police Motor Cycle.
The plain clothes Man was in blue Police overalls and the bike had the flashing lights and probable siren and radio unit. I nodded to him too, no wave back of course.

Worth also remembering if you get caught out nudging the throttle a bit hard after 01 June, the fines for going over 11 kph rise a lot (to $Au 435 if I remember right).
Under 11 kph also is ticketable here too, but the bottom figure is a State secret. Too many bike young and old Riders sadly have grown silver wings of late right around Australia.


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I rode to Walmart to get a replacement battery for the GREEN HORNET TOO, my '15 V650. Bought the bike new on 15 July '15, so, believe-it-or-not - I GOT SEVEN YEARS out of the OEM battery, which ain't 'half-bad'!
 

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today I have installed phillips LED city lights, way brighter than the stock bulbs, removed the harness for the garmin 660lm since im using a tomtom rider these days, and for the topper installed the thermobob and flushed and refilled the coolant,,also. tried to install a set of cyclops H7 leds to no avail, theres just not room in the light bucket area to get the clips in.
 

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