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post #1 of 11 Old 12-28-2016, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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another new older fart

Used 17k+ 2011 650 arrived in garage last week. At 66 I'm guessing this will be the last bike. 750 mile days are a thing of the past but 400-500 should be doable. Bought this to set up as a road bike for a couple of longer trips that I have wanted to take for a good while and now that I am retired have lots of time (too bad I don't have lot's of money). No interest in off road stuff. Previous rides 90 Honda, Kaw H1, Shovelhead, 1200 and 1800 GW and 1600 Nomad. I live in VA and have checked out the regional forum. I try to do as much of my own work as I can. Already picking up some good info and tips here. The best so far was how to figure out the Givi monokey combination. Previous owner gave wrong numbers and it turned out each side was different, too. Valve job looming-should be fun. I call her the WeeVil-every bike has to have a name. She sure is a tall thing. I almost need to climb on a box to get on her. Almost. k
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-28-2016, 02:21 PM
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Welcome! Come and join us for the Romney meet

And look for NEVA17 etc coming up later in the year.

Good luck making the new ride your own. There are a lot of real good improvements to make this a long distance touring machine. A lot of good information and help here!
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-28-2016, 03:10 PM
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Welcome to the forum, KevinP65.

And you could drop down to the 2017 Eastern Vstrom Rally Reminder......... too.

2017 Eastern V-Strom Gathering (website) - May 18 - 21, 2017
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1974 Suzuki TM-250
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-28-2016, 04:34 PM
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"At 66 I'm guessing this will be the last bike."

Hola, that's funny.
I bet a lot of us had muttered that before. Incorrectly of courese.
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-28-2016, 09:51 PM
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Welcome aboard. I just joined recently and really enjoy the Forum. Riding since 69 and just bought a Vstrom the fall of 2016.
Many great ideas and revelations here.
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-29-2016, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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thanks all. I will check out the regional stuff.
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-29-2016, 09:11 AM
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Welcome, if you do your own work, this forum is better than a dealership mechanic's advice.
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Ha, we have a number of members in our bike club well into their 70's, mind you many end up buying cruisers or trikes due to less flexibility and they continue to replace their bikes....my father never rode a bike..but at age 65 he supposedly bought his last car...then at age 70, bought an Acura Integra..kept it till age 80 with 350,000 km on it driving all over the US and Canada and then bought another Acura and finally a new Hyundai at age 89 (all his cars since he was in his thirties were purchased new) which he kept till age 92 when he lost license due to a decrease in eye sight....at nearly 95 years old now he would likely still be driving if he could see the road
Never say never, you just don't know what cards you will be dealt and enjoy the bike!
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-29-2016, 10:20 PM
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Valve job looming-should be fun.
Don't fear the valve check. Just plod through carefully and systematically. Most likely you won't need to swap any shims. If you do, it's not too bad. My local dealer is fairly close and had shims for sale. A non-dealer mechanic might even be willing to swap shims. Know the diameter of your shim if shopping for new ones. Good luck.

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post #10 of 11 Old 12-30-2016, 02:53 AM Thread Starter
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Don't fear the valve check. Just plod through carefully and systematically. Most likely you won't need to swap any shims. If you do, it's not too bad. My local dealer is fairly close and had shims for sale. A non-dealer mechanic might even be willing to swap shims. Know the diameter of your shim if shopping for new ones. Good luck.
I am planning on enjoying it. I don't scrape as many knuckles as I used to do, but invariably, well you know. k
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