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Howdy All

Just wanted to stop by and say hello. I sold my Honda ST1100 a few weeks ago and picked up my brandy-new DL650A. Right now I've got about 300 miles on it. First impressions? It's got the ability to be the absolute best all-around bike I've ever owned. I'm happy. :D
 

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Welcome....you'll find this is a great site and with a wealth of good information. Ride safe, enjoy the ride on a great bike!
 

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Welcome Rich! I'm seeing a lot of 'Stroms around here nowadays! Seems you are in pretty good company! Be sure to check into the upcoming gatherings in the 'Events' section, particularly the V-east at Ironhorse. Should be a lot of fun.. :var_39:
 

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Rich D with the Brand New V-Wee:

Welcome aboard !!

I have had, or had access to, almost every kind of motorcycle that is available, in 45 years of riding and selling motorcycles. The V-Strom brothers are THE BEST all - around, do everything well, hoot to ride, great to fun to own and KEEP motorcycles ever made available for public consumption.:mrgreen:

Enjoy the newness, and then with just a little time you will find yourself settling in to the pleasure of long term ownership that becomes a human/machine comradery.

Be safe and have fun. Beware the multiple Farkles. These motorcycles beg to be personalized.;)

See ya round these here parts !!
 

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Be safe and have fun. Beware the multiple Farkles. These motorcycles beg to be personalized.;)

See ya round these here parts !!
Too late on the farkle warning. :) I've been riding since the '70's, and come from riding a series of Honda V4's. My old ST1100 had its share of farkling. So far, I've had the DL for less than a month now, and here's the list

Madstad bracket
Powerlet outlet
Blue Sea fuse block
Autocom
Zumo
Auxilliary shelf
mirror extenders

There's probably more I forgot, and undoubtedly more to come.

I see you're from Chattanooga. You may know of a motorcycle campground up the road from you in Tellico Plains, TN, right at the doorstep of the Cherohala Skyway.

http://www.huntslodge.com/

Jack and Lori Hunt ride Honda's, but are thinking of upgrading (!) to a V-Strom. Jack is a native of the area and knows the roads up there, both street and dirt, like the back of his hand. A year ago he took me on "a little dirt trail" that he knows. Within 15 minutes we were on goat paths in the mountains. I lost count of the number of times I dropped my little KLR. If he offers to lead an off-road ride, be very afraid.

Hunts Lodge hosts a spring get-together for all their friends. This year its the weekend of April 18. Come on up, there will be interesting roads as well as people.
 

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Rich D,

I think I've ridden past their campgrounds several times on my way to "The Roads". They must be really smart and great folks to consider ditching their Hondas for V-Stroms.

Are reservations required for the April 18th Event ?
 

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Are reservations required for the April 18th Event ?
Only if you want to stay in one of their cabins. Otherwise, they have free-range camping - put your tent down where ever you find a convenient space - and no reservations are needed for that.

Even if their cabins are full, Tellico Plains has a lot of other options. I know several people who come for the roads and the friendship, but prefer to stay at other locations due to privacy, sleeping needs, etc.

One other thing. Except for coffee, food is on-you-own at Hunts Lodge. But for the spring and fall get-togethers, Lori cooks for the entire crew on Saturday - breakfast and dinner. It's usually standard breakfast fare and dinner is usually barbecue. But Lori is a *great* cook. And she says that she actually enjoys cooking for 40 or 50 people. Masochist.

One (more) other thing, these events are usually referred to as "SME's". The acronym stands for SabMagEvent - referring to the fact that the group started as a collection of riders of old 80's Honda Sabres and Magnas. But nowadays those old bikes are in the minority. You'll still find lots of Hondas, of course, but a lot of the riders have switched over to all kinds of brands - Triumphs, Suzukis, BMW's, Yamahas, Kawasaki's, even (shudder) a Harley. (We call him Harley Boy, and he takes it well).
 
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