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post #1 of 12 Old 04-17-2019, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings from Big Sky Country! A few weeks ago, I decided that my old Yamaha cruiser had run its course in my garage. After much agonizing over what to replace it with, I picked up a new '18 650xt. After riding it for the first 20 miles, I'm kind of taken aback by how good it is - seems perfect for the kind of riding I want to do with it - lots of exploring and a lot of 300-500 mile days on 65-70 MPH country roads.

I have spent a lot of time on this forum researching the bike before making the purchase and I was encouraged at the good community you have here. I look forward to getting to know you guys and learning more about the ins and outs of my new bike.
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-18-2019, 03:24 AM
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Welcome to the Forum. Congrats on your new ride.
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-18-2019, 09:20 AM
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Welcome to a fellow Montanan and, based on your avatar, a fellow soldier.
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-18-2019, 09:28 AM
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Fine choice, Montana.
Safe riding to you.
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2018 1000XT, black. The Night's Watch. Givi engine bars, rear wheel mud guard, radiator screen. Givi V56 Litre Monokey topcase. Puig screen. Freeway Blaster horn. Speedohealer. SW Motech guards for R. brake reservoir, R. brake cylinder, exhaust pipe valve. Aprilia Tuono mirrors.
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-18-2019, 09:43 AM
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"I was encouraged at the good community you have here."

Come meet some of the members this coming June in Gardiner at the Cache Rally.
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-18-2019, 10:55 AM
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Congratulations, I came to the Vstrom from a Suzuki cruiser, one quick test ride had me negotiating the trade. My folks lived in Billings, and I've done many trips from Oregon to Montana taking every side road and two lane highway I could manage there and back. Beautiful country you have for riding up there.
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-18-2019, 11:25 AM
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Welcome to the forum, Intersect.
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2020 Eastern V-Strom Rally (website) - May 14 - 17, 2020
2006 Suzuki V-Strom DL650K
1986 Honda Shadow VT700C
1974 Suzuki TM-250
1966 Triumph Bonneville T-120R
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post #8 of 12 Old 04-18-2019, 12:32 PM
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You chose a great bike and a great forum to join. You'll find a ton of useful information on here, without a lot of the "big personalities" that seem to inhabit a lot of other bike forums.

From one paratrooper to another, welcome aboard and All The Way!

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post #9 of 12 Old 04-18-2019, 12:47 PM
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I currently ride a 2008 wee. Been thinking about a 3rd gen wee lately.
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2008 Suzuki Vstrom DL650
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