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Offline jkristjan

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jkristjan checking in
« on: Aug 15, 2019, 06:19 AM »
Have been on a new V650 for a month now, pushing 5000km. This is largely artificial because first I wanted to get the 1000km maintenance out of the way (literally rode 1000km in 48h) and now I'm starting to feel the same about the 6000km one. Should find and dedicate a day off work or something and make another 1000km round-trip to Riga or something :)

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Re: jkristjan checking in
« Reply #1 on: Aug 15, 2019, 09:26 AM »
Epic!

Welcome to the addiction. :028:

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Re: jkristjan checking in
« Reply #2 on: Aug 15, 2019, 10:17 AM »
Welcome!

Those are some serious miles, good going

Glad you're enjoying your new V650 and I'm sure you'll enjoy the forum.

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Re: jkristjan checking in
« Reply #3 on: Aug 15, 2019, 11:19 AM »


 Good move,  jkristjan.  It takes about 5000 km to get them properly broken in and in the process you get to know the bike well.

 The only drawback is that when you start off like that it becomes a bit of a habit and before you know it you have 
 50 000 km on  :2: .

  :185:

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Re: jkristjan checking in
« Reply #4 on: Aug 15, 2019, 01:35 PM »
I bought a cheap bike (well, relatively) so that I would not feel guilty and bad for running it to the ground and for the depreciation coming from the odometer reading. I owned a Moto-Guzzi V9 and Ducati Scrambler before and I always felt that I have to maintain the bike in pristine condition because it just has to have the aftermarket value... And it's not really about the price, I mean the V9 or Scrambler Icon were not expensive bikes either, just a few thousand EUR more than the Versys 650 at best, but still, they just had that vibe going on with them. With Versys I just cut the factory grips when I install Oxfords, discard the factory bolts when I install Shad brackets with their new longer bolts and so on. And that's what I always wanted to do, but these nice piece-of-art Italian bikes just don't invite you to feel free around them. Versys 650 is plenty utilitarian while still not being a piece of junk. For example, the CFMoto 650MT would have been even better alternative on the scale of utilitarianism,  but then you hit the bullshit limit with things like oil change every 3000km instead of the 12000km of the Versys. This just makes you think that a certain amount of bullshit is good but there is a limit to the bullshit that must not be crossed :) And I think I found this sweet spot with the V650, feeling myself freely around it but still having a reasonably good quality piece of equipment.

PS. For example, about discarding the bolts or randomly throwing them into the stash, it's because they are just bolts. Just standard bolts that you can get in any hardware store. Not some fancy Ducati-bolts or Moto-Guzzy bolts that set you back by $200 should you ever lose one. And even if a hardware store bolt fitted the Moto-Guzzi perfectly, you will always feel bad about it if you make that replacement :)
« Last Edit: Aug 15, 2019, 01:38 PM by jkristjan »

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Re: jkristjan checking in
« Reply #5 on: Aug 15, 2019, 01:47 PM »
Yep, that pretty much sums it up. A parts bin bike built to go not show.

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Re: jkristjan checking in
« Reply #6 on: Aug 15, 2019, 09:58 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum

I think you may challenge Ural rob if you keep that sort of mileage up!

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Re: jkristjan checking in
« Reply #7 on: Aug 16, 2019, 02:23 AM »


  It's good to know that there are Versys other than mine that aren't being sadly underused  :whistle: .

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Re: jkristjan checking in
« Reply #8 on: Aug 16, 2019, 05:25 PM »
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*Originally Posted by uralrob [+]

  It's good to know that there are Versys other than mine that aren't being sadly underused  :whistle: .

 Rob.

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Re: jkristjan checking in
« Reply #9 on: Aug 16, 2019, 08:56 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  And enjoy your new bike.

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