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Offline phil234

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New member
« on: Oct 22, 2019, 03:23 PM »
Hi, I'm a new member from Kinross in Scotland. I currently have three bikes , A GS Adventure, a Fireblade and a 2010 Versys 650.

I've had the Versys for 4 years and done about 25K miles on it. I keep the Versys as I like the handling and motor, the only thing I'd improve are the brakes, but that comes from riding a Fireblade lots.

Apart from that, my first bike was a Suzuki X1 moped at 16, followed by a RD250LC at 17 when I passed my test. That was a long time ago.

Cheers
Phil

Offline jonnster71

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Re: New member
« Reply #1 on: Oct 22, 2019, 03:33 PM »
Welcome you lucky bugger. A Versys in the Highlands is the perfect combination in my opinion.

Offline phil234

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Re: New member
« Reply #2 on: Oct 22, 2019, 04:04 PM »
Yeah, there's good roads around me. My favourite is up to Glenshee and Braemar from Perth. I do that pretty regularly, lots of bends, I've seen a couple of bike crashes on it lately so it's best to exercise caution as the road surface can have gravel and sometimes sheep on it, and a handful of the bends are tight. I was over in Switzerland last year on the Furka and Susten passes, The Glenshee road is more fun and only slightly less scenic.

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Re: New member
« Reply #3 on: Oct 22, 2019, 08:48 PM »
*Originally Posted by phil234 [+]
My favourite is up to Glenshee and Braemar from Perth.
+1 Done it many times.  :028:

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Re: New member
« Reply #4 on: Oct 27, 2019, 03:04 PM »
 :185:

Lovely part of the world, and great for biking.

I dated a girl in Kinross once, in my teens. Took a 17hr coach journey just to go and see her once... :whistle: but that's another story.

Enjoy the forum and will look forward to reading how you get on.  :37:
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Re: New member
« Reply #5 on: Oct 27, 2019, 03:34 PM »
Phil, are you on UKGSER by any chance ?
Former GSA ( 1150 & 1200 versions ) 1150 being the better imho, and Fireblade 929 & 954 flavours which I can't really split and current ( if only very recent ) Versys owner.
I'm on ukgser still as there are a few ppl I know  and will be attending some of the meets,
No solution is insurmountable...

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Re: New member
« Reply #6 on: Oct 27, 2019, 10:34 PM »
*Originally Posted by penry [+]
Phil, are you on UKGSER by any chance ?
Former GSA ( 1150 & 1200 versions ) 1150 being the better imho, and Fireblade 929 & 954 flavours which I can't really split and current ( if only very recent ) Versys owner.
I'm on ukgser still as there are a few ppl I know  and will be attending some of the meets,



are you the Penry on the Tiger 800 site....i have 2018 XR

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Re: New member
« Reply #7 on: Oct 27, 2019, 10:38 PM »
Yep, thats me. :031:

Lived in Kelso for about 4 years. Done my share of riding round Scotland.
Great place.
« Last Edit: Oct 27, 2019, 10:41 PM by penry »
No solution is insurmountable...

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Re: New member
« Reply #8 on: Nov 02, 2019, 09:18 PM »
Hi Penry, I've been on UKGSer in the past, I've had 5 BMWs over the years, - R100RT, R1100S, R1100RT and two R1200GSAs, one an 08 plate and the current one a 65 plate (still pains me to think about how much that cost). I have a 08 plate Fireblade, it's the last version with no ABS or traction control and the power is ridiculous (and addictive). I'm a bit lazy with social media and look at facebook about every 6 months.
Let me know if there's any meets as I'd be happy to come along, I was chatting to some guys at a BMW meetup in Glenshee, I was on my Fireblade but they talked to me when I told them I had a BM too,
Versys is a good bike, I kind of think I have really good bikes in each of their categories and if I could get my Versys working I'd do plenty more miles on it. I even like my 2010 version, the front end has more standard lights at the front now, I liked the original design as it made it stand out.
Cheers
Phil
« Last Edit: Nov 02, 2019, 10:08 PM by phil234 »

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Re: New member
« Reply #9 on: Nov 05, 2019, 03:04 PM »
Welcome aboard.
Did you try to show up at BMW meetup with Versys? That would be a lot of fun.
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