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I have a 2003 tacoma that's set up for off roading/camping. It's heavy and eats gas like mad. I've been wanting a daily driver for while to preserve the truck as well as my wallet. My moto friends were pushing me toward a bike and I finally conceded two wheels would be the way to go.

I got my moto license in April and shortly after I found a $400 1996 Yamaha YZF 600. I (with my buddy's help, well...mostly him) put some work into it and got it running (most of the time anyway). I figured I'd ride it a few times a week for a couple years and then upgrade. As it turns out I've been riding about 1,000 miles per month and rarely drive my truck. I'm sooo hooked.

I started thinking the YZF needs too much attention and I'd start looking for a new bike. An unexpected bonus from work moved the time line up substantially. I found this 2009 V-Strom 650 on BARF and snatched it up. It's amazingly clean. The previous owner took exceptional care of it. It has heated grips, fork brace, aftermarket fork springs, givi top case, luggage rack, piaa lights (not currently on the bike) and some other details.

I'm really impressed with the strom. I'm going to Joshua Tree National Park for New years and will be riding this to get there. I'll need to find some places to go in the meantime.




 

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Sounds like you got a screamin' deal on an awesome bike. The photo looks great. Hang around the forum and in a few months you'll learn a TON about your bike, riding in general, adventure touring etc ...

I just bought my bike in May. I'm heavily biased toward motorcycle safety stuff, because if I die in a bike crash, my wife will NEVER let me ride again. "Proficient Motorcycling" by Hough is a great book that will take some time to digest. The MSF Basic Rider course is a useful start. You may only pick up a skill or two, but you may pick up some life saving concepts, like presentation and cagers have "right of weight" even if they are wrong.

Safety gear is spendy, but it is cheaper than my max out of pocket deductible in my medical plan.

Like you, I've put about 1k miles a month on my 650 and love riding. (4500 miles now.)

I look forward to seeing your posts. Welcome to the tribe.
 

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Hola, anything organized about Joshua Tree or just a lonesome camp?
Air Heads, BMW, gather down at Agua Caliente for NY.
If you want company, post a note.
 

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@kd70qc, I hear you on the safety. I already rock climb, mountain bike, road bike and scuba dive. I can't take any risks on the road. I already do too many high risk activities. None of those are "safe" but there is much you can do to reduce the risk. I have much to learn about motorcycles and riding in traffic etc.
Anyway, gear...I bought a pair of used Sidi Adventure Gore tex boots for $50 and have an Aerostitch suit on loan from a friend. I really need to upgrade my gloves though. They're cheapy bilt ones I got on clearance. And definitely agree on the MFS course. I took it before I got my moto license and learned a lot. My instructors were keen to share a lot about the road. Also, I just ordered that book. Thanks for the suggestion.
@notacop, I'm joining some friends in J Tree, but maybe. I'll see as the date gets closer. I'm also going to Baja for Thanksgiving but with the truck. I go with some guys on KTM 640 Adventures. I carry the gas and beer. Maybe next year I'll learn to ride on dirt and pick up a Baja bike of some sort. I've been mountain biking forever but I assume a motorcycle is completely different.
 

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@notacop I've been mountain biking forever but I assume a motorcycle is completely different.
The obvious difference is power and weight. The less obvious difference is crash technique. From a riding form standpoint, being quicker to dump the bike and get off is the biggest difference for me between dirt bike and mountain bike. If me and the mountain bike go down together it is bad, but not that bad. If a dirt bike ends up on top of me - even if I don't get hurt - I need a buddy to get it off of me. I have jumped off of a dirt bike, pushed it away and let it crash waaaay more often than I've ever jumped off of a mountain bike to avoid getting tangled in the bike. In fact, I don't think I've ever jumped off of a mt bike. I just kind of stand up, walk or run as it is going down.
 

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" I assume a motorcycle is completely different."
Bike to Moto, about 475 pounds different. It can really hurt when the Motorcycle lands on you. Yuge Ow!
I know a fall off from a bike can lead to broken bones, it's the sudden stop that does that, not the mass of your ride.

It's good to camp with friends. Our motley crew has a lot of fun. In fact we'se got a Anza Borrego camp coming up. Might be 20+ of us.
 
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