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post #1 of 8 Old 10-09-2016, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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So, I'm a newbie to the forum. I purchased my first bike, an '09 650. The bike has 12,000 miles on it and the previous owner added all the items I was looking for; Panniers, skid plate, heated grips, aftermarket wind screen and Heidenau K60's front and rear. He/she took exceptional care of the bike.

As this is my first bike, I have been researching rider safety and various riding tips (I enjoy nutnfancy on YouTube. He's an ex Air Force Pilot. He and his 2 kids ride and they're honest and they produce good riding videos). I'm also reading Mororcycling the Right Way by Ken Condon. This is a must read for new and even existing riders. Anyway, my point is I'm taking it seriously. I have 3 children and a wife and I need to mitigate as much risk as I can and still enjoy myself on the bike.

I live in the Phoenix area and headed up to Globe Saturday for breakfast. I left early and enjoyed a beautiful ride up through Superior. It's very interesting to see the mountains stripped of their vegetation surrounded by a rundown, almost vacant town. There is something oddly alluring about seeing that scenery.

I then went to Pine for breakfast on Sunday. Pine is a small town about 15 miles North west of Payson. The ride up was great through the mountains and into Payson. Temperatures dropped nicely providing a perfect chill in the air. Breakfast was good and the conversation with locals focused on politics. No matter, it was all good. I mad it home safely both days and out about 430 miles on the DL.

I'm loving the bike and I'm looking forward to my next adventure on it.



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So, I'm a newbie to the forum. I purchased my first bike, an '09 650. The bike has 12,000 miles on it and the previous owner added all the items I was looking for; Panniers, skid plate, heated grips, aftermarket wind screen and Heidenau K60's front and rear. He/she took exceptional care of the bike.

As this is my first bike, I have been researching rider safety and various riding tips (I enjoy nutnfancy on YouTube. He's an ex Air Force Pilot. He and his 2 kids ride and they're honest and they produce good riding videos). I'm also reading Mororcycling the Right Way by Ken Condon. This is a must read for new and even existing riders. Anyway, my point is I'm taking it seriously. I have 3 children and a wife and I need to mitigate as much risk as I can and still enjoy myself on the bike.

I live in the Phoenix area and headed up to Globe Saturday for breakfast. I left early and enjoyed a beautiful ride up through Superior. It's very interesting to see the mountains stripped of their vegetation surrounded by a rundown, almost vacant town. There is something oddly alluring about seeing that scenery.

I then went to Pine for breakfast on Sunday. Pine is a small town about 15 miles North west of Payson. The ride up was great through the mountains and into Payson. Temperatures dropped nicely providing a perfect chill in the air. Breakfast was good and the conversation with locals focused on politics. No matter, it was all good. I mad it home safely both days and out about 430 miles on the DL.

I'm loving the bike and I'm looking forward to my next adventure on it.



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Welcome! I am only a year in on my first bike so I am still learning. ...and I think with this hobby, its best we all never stop learning. I took the MSF course which got me off the ground and then I took the ridelikeapro class here in Alabama which I thought was great and I use the tips from that class on a daily basis. YouTube has some fabulous instructional videos out there and some are older but most of the advice still applies today.

Ride safe and enjoy your new bike!
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Another really good book on riding is,
"More Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Hugh"
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Welcome to the forum and enjoy your new toy!

I have ridden all over Arizona, many, many times and love the area, especially north and east of phoenix.

This time a year ago, I was on my way back from visiting my 'kid's' in Hemet/ Riverside area of southern California and decided to take Interstate 10 to Phoenix and then HWY 60 from there to Santa Rosa, New Mexico and then continue east on I40.

I was especially interested in going to Show Low, AZ and taking my time through all of the historic American Indian territories and reservations, being a big fan of Zane Grey and Louis L'amour's books about the Old west. I wasn't disappointed.

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Strombuli, I will throw out some tips I learned when I first started riding this bike and hopefully you can learn from some of my mistakes. I will just post these as I think of them. This was also my first bike.

One thing that happened to me is that I thought the kick stand was down one time and it wasn't and I dropped the bike. I think it may have flipped back up on me. Since that happened I have noticed it do it before but I have been looking out for it ever since and when I put the stand down, I hold my foot there to make sure it is down.

I made a dumb mistake and had my house key on my motorcycle ring and it was that gold color and it was flopping around up there and scratched the black plastic in the key area. I have tried to clean it with plastic cleaner but it still left some scratches. Now the only keys I have there are my ignition key and my top case key.

Speaking of scratches, I put some micro scratches as soon as I got the bike when I stalled the bike and it pushed my jacket forward. It was a bit frustrating. I also put some scratches the passenger handle by using a cheap cargo net. I have come to learn to live with scratches on plastic, but maybe this will help you avoid them.

Best farkle is probably the Givi Airflow screen (see the only windoscreen thread): https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650a-2...-only-one.html

I'll keep thinking of them...
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Another really good book on riding is,
"More Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Hugh"
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Welcome to the forum and enjoy your new toy!



I have ridden all over Arizona, many, many times and love the area, especially north and east of phoenix.



This time a year ago, I was on my way back from visiting my 'kid's' in Hemet/ Riverside area of southern California and decided to take Interstate 10 to Phoenix and then HWY 60 from there to Santa Rosa, New Mexico and then continue east on I40.



I was especially interested in going to Show Low, AZ and taking my time through all of the historic American Indian territories and reservations, being a big fan of Zane Grey and Louis L'amour's books about the Old west. I wasn't disappointed.



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Thanks Sam. I'm looking forward to many adventures on the bike.


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