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Offline Motosunburn

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Spot the n00b
« on: Jan 09, 2022, 12:33 PM »
That would be me then, name Des, Forum ID Motosunburn which is my travel blog: www.facebook.com/motosunburn

In the process of buying a 650 Versys which will be my travel bike for the next year (probably) since the bike I have prepped for a long ride across Central Asia doesn't look like happening this year either thens to virus, revolutions, etc, and I don't want to wear that bike out before I start.  My tours this year may (or may not ;) ) include heading up to the Nordkapp and back via Iceland, a circuit of Ireland to catch up with long lost rellies, and the Round Britain Rally.  I ride a Versys doing blood bikes, which is why I decided it was the right touring bike for me.  Expect plenty of dumb questions as I get used to owning one, though I'm not a n00b on bikes in general :)

So, hello  :031:

Offline Shandy

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Re: Spot the n00b
« Reply #1 on: Jan 09, 2022, 05:08 PM »
 :185:

Sounds like you are no stranger to doing big miles, the 650 Versys won't let you down!

when you say in the process of buying one... How far along are you? I ask as mine is likely to go on sale early next month, as I get ready for my new Triumph Tiger Sport 660.

I have  a 2019 Versys GT which comes with all the luggage and every thing you need for touring.

I don't do it anymore but she's also ben used for a bit of blood biking in the past!

Whatever you do, hope you enjoy the forum and your new Versys.

they are great bikes and perfect for big miles too!

Safe travels and look forward to reading some great ride reports from your trips!
A Motorcycle Is For Life, Not Just Sunny Days!

Offline AnotherTringFellow

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Re: Spot the n00b
« Reply #2 on: Jan 09, 2022, 06:53 PM »
Welcome to the forum, good choice you won't regret it. 🍻
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Offline Motosunburn

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Re: Spot the n00b
« Reply #3 on: Jan 09, 2022, 06:59 PM »
« Last Edit: Jan 09, 2022, 07:00 PM by Motosunburn »

Offline Oldplodder

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Re: Spot the n00b
« Reply #4 on: Jan 09, 2022, 07:13 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Yet another lovely looking Mk1 Classic!

Dave T
Now needing stabilisers

Offline runtothehills

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Re: Spot the n00b
« Reply #5 on: Jan 09, 2022, 08:13 PM »
Welcome to the forum, that is classic green.
Sometimes it takes a winding road to get your head straight.

Offline Clunkyboy

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Re: Spot the n00b
« Reply #6 on: Jan 10, 2022, 07:49 AM »
Liking the FB page
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Offline Kawaboy

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Re: Spot the n00b
« Reply #7 on: Jan 11, 2022, 11:56 AM »
Mk1 Candy lime green  :1:  - almost as good as the wild fiery orange one.
Looks in decent nick. How many miles?
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Re: Spot the n00b
« Reply #8 on: Jan 11, 2022, 01:27 PM »
*Originally Posted by Clunkyboy [+]
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+1  :028:

Offline Motosunburn

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Re: Spot the n00b
« Reply #9 on: Jan 13, 2022, 06:44 PM »
Doh!  Looked at the green one and it wasn't good. Got the impression it had been parked in the open by the sea for the last decade.  Lots of corrosion and the seat foam had gone hard.  So plan B was a little bimble 250 miles back along the M4 and I am now the proud owner of a black 2011 Versys 650 with lower mileage for a lower price.  Result!

It does need a little work though... the clutch and throttle cables are stiff, the chain and sprockets are shot, the Black Widow exhaust needs a baffle, it's got some odd stray wiring (heated grips? tracker?) disappearing under the tank but nothing I can't handle.  Another odd thing, the seat seems to sit about 1 cm proud of the bodywork even when latched down, is this normal?  You can see right underneath it from the side.

Last question, does anybody know if the Touratech Zega rack fits the 2011?  Touratech say it's for 2012 onwards. I've got a demountable Zega top box I'd like to use but it needs their rack.