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post #1 of 8 Old 06-06-2019, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: East West Virginia
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New member; old rider

Hello all. I just joined, and am in the process of buying a left-over 2018 V-strom 650XT. I'm 61, and have been riding since I was 10, so I'm about 1/2 way to being a great rider. I'm told that some achieve that in their first year of riding, but apparently I'm a slow learner.

I've owned a bunch of bikes over the years, but really missed my yellow 2002 SV650, so I decided a yellow V-strom would be a good substitute. I am busy reading up on the wealth of knowledge in here, but may occasionally ask a stupid question that's already been answered.

I've owned mostly Japanese bikes (was coming of age when you met the nicest people on a Honda). But I've also had a Triumph Daytona (when they had two cylinders instead of three), several BMWs (still have an F800ST), a KTM Duke 390, and a few oddballs. I've owned stuff from 50cc to 1200cc, but tend toward mid-size stuff because of my own size.

I do ride a mix of surfaces, which is why the V-strom appeals to me. Currently I have a 1999 Suzuki DR350 set up for mostly dirt, a 2007 Suzuki DR650 set up for dual sport, a 2000 Kawasaki W650 for vintage feel with modern reliability, a 1976 Yamaha XS650 for vintage feel and vintage reliability, a 1989 Honda GB500 just because it looks so good, a 2007 BMW F800ST for road travel, and the little guys include a 198? Honda CH150 scooter, 198? Honda C70 scooter, 198? Honda CT110 trail bike, 1965 Honda S90 vintage paperweight, a 198? Honda 3-wheel Gyro just because it's so weird, and a few I've probably forgotten about. Did I say I'm 61? If you're interested in any of these machines my partner will probably pay you good money to come remove them from the garage, and then try to convince me I never owned it in the first place!

I live in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. I am officially retired, but can't seem to stay that way. Looking forward to the new bike, and the discussions here. Thanks for reading.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-06-2019, 09:04 AM
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Welcome aboard.
Nice bike find there. Probably got a good deal.
Ride safe!

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. GPR exhaust slip-on.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-06-2019, 11:03 AM
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Tjosephtoo, welcome. I'd say you needed another motorcycle. You've got a pretty nice bike show right in your own garage!
Especially fond of the XS650. DD
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-06-2019, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Location: East West Virginia
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Yes, it was a very good deal. I was surprised, because I had been looking around for a lightly used one.

Several (with between 1,500 and 5,000 miles) came up that were priced as high as a brand new one. When I pointed that out, I was told straight out that they were not negotiating the price! So I figured what the heck, I may never need the factory warranty, but if I can get one for the same price or less, go with that deal. At least the tires have no miles on them.

I even looked at one on e-bay being sold by a car dealer in VA (an hour's drive away). A comedy of errors. First trip down the bike was nowhere to be found. When I got home they e-mailed me and asked me to come back, it was not on the lot, but stashed away in the showroom! I went back later that week, and they said that they'd wholesaled it to the local motorcycle dealer, and I could buy it from them. Went to that dealer, who said they had the bike, but the car dealer hadn't given them the title and paperwork, etc., so they couldn't sell it either. Honestly, it's like they didn't want to sell the bike. A real tutorial in how not to do business.
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-06-2019, 11:26 AM
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Hola, like your collection of bikes. Enjoy the new yellow peril!
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-06-2019, 10:18 PM
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Welcome to the forum, tjosephtoo.

Love riding in West Virginia, some great roads there.

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
1965 Suzuki 80
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-07-2019, 04:10 AM
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Welcome to the Forum. Congrats on your new ride.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-07-2019, 09:32 AM
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Welcome! Was in WV last month... beautiful riding country!

Two wheelz for realz!
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