Hey friends! I'm out in the Detroit metro area.
Poked around your site for a bit while I was bike shopping and figured I'd pop in properly now that I'm part of the community as it were.
Bout a month ago I picked up a (well loved and well cared for @42.7k miles!) 04 Suzuki DL650 after researching into these bikes. For the last few weeks I've been getting to know the bike and have since put another chunk of miles joy riding on the weekends and commuting to work and the like.
I'm a bit new to the world of two wheels, not quite having had my license for a year.. I decided to learn to ride and become licensed to connect more with my grandfather who had given me the film "On Any Sunday" (on VHS) some time ago. Long story short while I've always found bikes fascinating I was always a really big fan of my great big steel cage. Safety is a high priority of mine, I like my head / body.
Unfortunately never did get the opportunity to ride together but I'm keeping his spirit alive every time I throw his old Harley jacket on and head out for a ride.
Still getting used to the bike and the maintenance requirements. About to take advantage of the damp weather we're getting and do a deeper inspection/cleaning of the bike to really familiarize myself with it's mechanical needs and fastener sizes to get a road-side kit assembled.
If there's any quirks you think I should know about the Gen 1, or things to peek at on a higher mileage machine, please feel free to share the knowledge! Til then I'll keep trawling through forums and such
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