My first rides
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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