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14 May 2011 – The V-Star is HOME!!!

So today was the big day :D  Dara (the bike’s soon to be former owner) picked me up at my place and gave me a lift up to the bike so I wouldn’t have to worry about the car sitting in the gated community etc.  The bike fired right up with full choke and we shot the breeze while we waited for it to warm up.

14 May 2011 - Warming up the bike before riding it home

14 May 2011 - Warming up the bike before riding it home

Dara was kind enough to take a couple of pics before leaving for work :)  After that, I geared up and got on the bike. I rode it around the complex a few times to get used to the clutch, throttle, brakes, shifting, and just riding again in general.  Aside from just a bit last night I hadn’t been on a bike since the MSF course, so I was a bit nervous and apprehensive about taking this bike out on the road in traffic.

14 May 2011 - I stopped by work for a quick break

14 May 2011 - I stopped by work for a quick break

Once I was a bit settled I headed out on the roads.   The first road was about five or six miles of very light traffic with two lanes each way and a center/turn lane.  It also had plenty of stop signs.  I decided to stop by work to see if anyone was outside, but nobody was.   I still took a quick break before heading on home :wink:

14 May 2011 - HOME SAFE :cool:

14 May 2011 - HOME SAFE :cool:

The fastest I had the bike was about 45 MPH on a major street with three lanes each way and a center median.  There were traffic lights, cars, and all the rest all around me.  I just kept the throttle twisted, kept my head on a swivel looking all around me and in the mirrors to make sure all was OK and I had absolutely no problems at all :cool:

14 May 2011 - It had .8 mile on the trip meter before I got going :wink:

14 May 2011 - It had .8 mile on the trip meter before I got going :wink:

Right before I got home, the bike was backfiring a bit. It was only about 1/4 of a mile from home, so I rode it in and parked it in my space. At least now it’s got shade! I can’t begin to describe just how much fun this was even on the roads I was on. Getting a motorcycle on the road for the first time was a blast and I can’t wait to get everything fixed so I can ride it everywhere :thumb:

I called up one of the independent mechanic shops that has good reviews and got a couple of quotes. $250 to clean the carbs, $150 + parts to service the drive while mounting tires if I buy the tires there. Don’t know just how much the tires will cost, but they’re supposed to be a good shop with low prices so I’m not too worried. I’m guessing about $250 for the tires. It’s a good thing I’m working all three days of the last weekend of the month! I’ll get 16 hours worth of overtime on Saturday and Sunday before I get another 8 hours of time and a half for working on the holiday. That should pay for all of the above repairs and I should be on the road :D  Have fun and ride safe everyone :mrgreen:

And before I forget, thanks again Dara :cheers:

So today was the big day.  Dara (the bike’s soon to be former owner) picked me up at my place and gave me a lift up to the bike so I wouldn’t have to worry about the car sitting in the gated community etc.  The bike fired right up with full choke and we shot the breeze while we waited for it to warm up.
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