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post #1 of 17 Old 11-01-2012, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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First V-Strom, first ride

hey Canadian Strommers,

New to the gang, thought I should say hello to the rest of the Canucks on the site. Rode my newly purchased 2007 wee home from bayfield to north of Owen Sound last Friday. Got to ride dry but cool. Love the bike! Just getting back into riding after a 20 year hiatus, hope to put on tons of klicks next year.

Great site, great people, happy to be along for the ride.
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post #2 of 17 Old 11-01-2012, 10:07 PM
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Welcome back to the saddle.

I too just got back in 5 years ago after the 20 year 'kid' hiatus. The wee/V is an awesome unit.

Enjoy,
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post #3 of 17 Old 11-01-2012, 10:09 PM
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Welcome aboard!

How did the ride go?

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post #4 of 17 Old 11-02-2012, 09:03 PM
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welcome!
Heres hoping we have a few more riding days this year although you get a lot of lake effect snow up there. Spent a couple of days in your area following a trip around Manitoulin this summer, stopped at a great bike friendly b and b in Lions Head.
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post #5 of 17 Old 11-02-2012, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Tom, The ride was great! This bike passes my expectations in every department. I bought a 1983 650 Yamaha maxim last year to reintroduce myself, anything on 2 wheels is better than 4, but no comparison to the strom.

Can't wait for next spring.

Chris
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Chef, welcome aboard.

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Just getting back into riding after a 20 year hiatus
What training is available where you are at for a returning rider? Really. It will be a big help and a big safety plus. And the new gear...don't spend money on gear until you ask here what is both safe and fairly priced for what you'll get. Both the safety and the comfort of modern gear is much better than 20 years ago.

Chef, how about a recipe or technique forum, or maybe just help for frustrated cooks needing something interesting for dinner...? We'll pay you back with how-to maintenance tips.

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post #7 of 17 Old 11-03-2012, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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hello PTRider,
Thanks for the concern, I took the Canada Safety council course, the one that advances new riders through the graduated licence system. Turns out I had a few bad habits to break. I'm takin' it slow and easy. As for cooking, I've done it for 37 years professionally. Once employment slows up in the winter, I'll work on learning how to use this site, and will definitely help people if I can, it seems an excellent thing to do, and any return advice would be a bonus.

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post #8 of 17 Old 11-03-2012, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Hello Ken,

Got snow the last 2 days, maybe it for the year. Glad you liked my neck of the woods, definitely some nice rides. Hope to see you on the road next spring.

Chris
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Got snow the last 2 days, maybe it for the year. Glad you liked my neck of the woods, definitely some nice rides. Hope to see you on the road next spring.

Chris
Welcome aboard your new ride and this forum. I'm hoping for another few rides yet before the snow. Hopefully see you next year.

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Hey Tom, The ride was great! This bike passes my expectations in every department. I bought a 1983 650 Yamaha maxim last year to reintroduce myself, anything on 2 wheels is better than 4, but no comparison to the strom.

Can't wait for next spring.

Chris
Glad you love it!

Curious where you are a chef? My fiancée's daughter is a chef.

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