Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: East West Virginia
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.