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post #1 of 12 Old 08-16-2009, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
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Question Hi all. Newbie got a new(to me) Dl 650, wahoo!

Hi guys and gals just wanted check in to this great forum and announce my new endeavor into adventure biking. I got a decent deal on an '07 650 silver strom with 1800 miles and several farkles already installed.(See my signature below) It has barely a scratch on it and seems about as new as I am to motorcycling, on the street anyway. Been dirt biking for a couple years.

Just got my motorcycling endorsement about a month and a half ago and am just starting to get used to street riding. Total Newb.

My goal is to be able to tour my beautiful state of Arizona and do some moto-camping here and there along the way. A lot of dirt riding is also in the plans. I'll need to work up to freeway riding before any of that is possible.
I can hardly wait to get out on the open road and experience the freedom of riding in my state, safely of course.

Question: How long have you guys rode on the street before you were ready for highway riding, roughly?

'07 DL650, Madstad windshield mount, Garmin Zumo 450 GPS, Givi V46 trunk box, Cortech tank and tail bag, Caribou side boxes, Rick's fork brace, Hepco Becker crash bars. P3 led brake/tail lights, Acerbis Multi-Touring handguards, Eastern Beaver Strom Powerlet kit...better suspension pending.
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I was a newb(20 yr absence) when I bought mine in Nov last year. I spent a few weeks on the back roads getting familiar with the bike before hitting the interstates. I've been commuting to work now since Dec(sans snow and ice) a 40 mile round trip on the interstate. Interstate riding feels as natural now as anything else.
Congradulations on the purchase. As you know, you've bought a great machine and the more miles you put on the more you will appreciate and love your Strom.
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I've been riding over 30 years so I don't recall when I was ready for freeway riding. I was young and stupid so I'm sure it was before I was really ready. Now I'm old and stupid, but thankfully made it to old. Seriously though, I've learned to watch and read other drivers. Don''t stay in blind spots. Anticipate what other drivers might do. They aren't paying attention so you have to. Things happen alot faster at speed. Watch onramps, a car coming on the freeway will affect lanes to their left, trucks even moreso. If you see someone on a cell phone there's a high probability they will do something stupid. Leave yourself an out wherever possible. It's imperitive that you ride defensively. Ride the freeway when you are confident you can do it safely.
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Thanks for the info guys!

'07 DL650, Madstad windshield mount, Garmin Zumo 450 GPS, Givi V46 trunk box, Cortech tank and tail bag, Caribou side boxes, Rick's fork brace, Hepco Becker crash bars. P3 led brake/tail lights, Acerbis Multi-Touring handguards, Eastern Beaver Strom Powerlet kit...better suspension pending.
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http://www.msgroup.org/forums/mtt/default.asp is an excellent motorcycle safety site. Especially check out the tips section at http://www.msgroup.org/articles.aspx

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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http://www.msgroup.org/forums/mtt/default.asp is an excellent motorcycle safety site. Especially check out the tips section at http://www.msgroup.org/articles.aspx
Thanks for those links Greywolf, I'll check them out.

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Congrats and enjoy your new ride, use caution until you get used to it then let her rip! Get another job for the farkles, or just put the ol'lady to work!

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Congrats and enjoy your new ride, use caution until you get used to it then let her rip! Get another job for the farkles, or just put the ol'lady to work!
I like the "ol' lady to work" idea! She already does though, so she may have to get the second job.....yeah!

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I'm a noob too. Only been riding for a few months now. At first I told myself I would wait for several months before riding my bike to work - two weeks later I was riding most every day. I am BUMMED whenever I can't do my 50 mile per day commute on my Wee.

You get used to the highway pretty quickly. Just stay out of the cage's blind spots. They WILL come at you - as the drivers are either eating and/or talking on the phone
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Welcome.

Be careful, read up on safe riding, and take some MSF courses.

Motorcycle Consumer News always has safe riding tips, and it is probably one of the most informative magazines out there. Take a look.

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