Grateful for this forum
This forum has been been very, very helpful to me. Thank you to those who moderate and to those who participate in this forum. I can't imagine not having this forum to learn from. Also, some day maybe I'll go on a big adventure like some of you.
A year ago, I learned how to ride (MSF course), purchased my first bike and started experiencing what it means to ride. I ride to work more often than driving a cage. I'm pretty dang cautious on the bike and that works for me. And yet, I have fun, too. Lately, I have been taking 200-mile rides on the weekend. With the help of you all, I do my own repairs and I've made a series of repairs and performed maintenance on my '07 DL650, which has 56,000 miles now. Another great resource are the Dr. VStrom videos on YouTube.
I get together with a group of old farts that have been riding since their teens for breakfast sometimes, and with some others on Wednesdays for dinner at a Sonic, and I joined a group of riders at a local church. There is a lot to learn from people that have ridden decades.
I've learned a lot and put 5,000 miles on the clock. I know there is so much more to learn. When I started riding, some of you expressed caution. And, I appreciated that. A lot.
I'll toss one more thing out. About a month ago, I was at one of those Wednesday night dinners at Sonic drive-in. When I went to leave, several friends looked me in the eye and said, "Be careful." It was like they knew what was going to happen on the way home. A driver run a red light at about 30MPH at an intersection I was going through. It wasn't too close, but it startled me and I honked at him. He didn't like that and start hassling (matching my speed) and asking me what my problem was. And, then the police pulled him over. That was sweet.
2007 DL650 ABS
Ballwin, MO USA