2-up to Canaan Valley, WV on a Versys

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by bbooker, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. cleanair

    cleanair Been here awhile

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    enjoyed the rr & pic's. rt 72 and smoke hole are two roads i haven't been on for awhile and plan on doing so soon.
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  2. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    No you weren't, I live here. :D

    Live about 20 minutes from that church, just a couple miles from Rt 50.
    We mountain bike in Davis all the time, great area.
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  3. rodr

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    :thumb

    Thanks for sharing!
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  4. 650VTwin

    650VTwin Been here awhile

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    Great report! I'm in the DC area, too, and I often head toward WV for some two-wheeled decompression. Sounds like you found a few good roads that I haven't been on before -- next time I head "out west," I will follow your route. I was pleased to see your Motoport jackets -- I wear the exact same gear, but I've never seen another rider wearing it on the road.
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  5. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    So then whats the odds of a local tour guide when I'm in the area next time? I'll buy you a Hellbender.
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  6. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Just let me know when, I work out of town but can arrange to be there. Would be great to have someone to ride with, everyone here rides Harleys and they go bar to bar.
    I won't drink and ride so I don't quite fit in.:huh
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  7. Riff

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    Belated Anniversary Greetings. Loved your report and pictures. That's what I call riding. I connected with WVHillbilly several days ago and told him about your thread three days after he had already discovered it. :lol3 It was right in his neck of the woods. I'd like to suggest Cumberland some time. Use her as your hub and with in a three hour ride in any direction you can find a lot of great sites from History dating back to the founding of our nation, to the Civil War era, and more State Parks [three different states] than you can shake a stick at. Riding to WVhillbilly's hood from Cumberland is a screaming ride. So many Route's so little time. Thanks Again for the Wonderful report and May you share another great twenty years together!

    Riff

    PS I do not a represent the Cumberland tourist bureau! :rofl
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  8. sandiegoland

    sandiegoland Adventure Boy®

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    Good report!!

    Glad to see another couple living large and living long!!
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  9. bwalsh

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    Nice RR bbooker! I love that area.
    Hey, I know two of those Kayakers! :lol3 You were in my stomping grounds.
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  10. this wont hurt much

    this wont hurt much Adventurer

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    Great pictures!. Reminds me of when i had mine. I dropped mine once, right behind a sherif while parking. Thank God for the Givi's they kept the bike from getting scratched and me from getting pinned. I do envy the scenery from that part of the country. Thanks for sharing the pictures and story.
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  11. NDTransplant

    NDTransplant Been here awhile

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    Nice report, bbooker.

    What are your thoughts on that Versys? Like it, love it, wish it was bigger, smaller, etc., etc???
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  12. Fireman1000

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    Don't know about the OP, but I love my Versys. Only problem really for me is I haven't found a windscreen that I like yet. For some reason I'm terribly sensitive to wind buffeting. I like the clean air feel, but the only way I can get theat with the Versys is to remove the winscreen. Other than that, I think it's agreat bike.
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  13. NDTransplant

    NDTransplant Been here awhile

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    I had the same problem with my 2009 KLR. Very old school bike, with a different purpose than the Versys; still has some endearing qualities I kind of miss.

    I ended up using a Cee Bailey 22" on the KLR. Rather large, but it was effective. I don't think they offer one for the Cee Bailey... Cal Sci does, maybe Madstad Engineering, too, I think.

    Just kind of toying around with the idea of a Versys for a more 'road oriented' bike without blowing $20 K. lol
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  14. Fireman1000

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    That's exactly why I went with the Versys. I had my eye on an R1200 GS, but when it came down to it, I just couldn't invest that much in one bike. The Versys does gravel and forest service roads just fine, and that's as hard core as I want to get with a street bike. Plus I have the option to add a true dual sport if the urge hits me.
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  15. explr

    explr Just Stooopid

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    Great ride report! I too am trying to get the wife on board to buy a bigger and more expensive bike... I mean show her the joys of riding. She really enjoys it and likes seeing other women out there on the bikes. Great pics!

    Our kids are still young, so getting away for a couple hours is a treat. Your ride report reminds me that my kids will grow up soon. I adore them young, but miss my time with my wife.

    How was the seat height for your wife getting on and off? My wife is 5'6" and I am concerned she would have a hard time getting up and down from the high seat of the Versys, especially after hours in the saddle.

    Again, thanks for sharing.
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  16. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    sorry i missed this a few months back
    great RR
    wonderful pictures and account of your travels
    thanks for sharing them with us
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  17. bbooker

    bbooker Been here awhile

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    I appreciate all of the kind words. My apology for not responding sooner, but I've been slammed at work since the fall, and haven't been on the site much. In case anyone is still interested, I'll answer some of the questions.


    I really like it a lot. Keep in mind though that I've only been riding for 5 years and this is my only my 2nd bike, so I don't have much to compare it to. When the time comes that my wife and I can do more 2 up and for longer trips, I'll probably consider something else like a Vstrom or BMW. But for now, I'm very happy with the Versys.

    My wife is 5' 4", and she can get on and off fairly easily if I don't have the side cases on the bike, but when I do (like on this trip) it is more challenging, but doable.
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  18. Goran69

    Goran69 MNE

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    Great time spent together...I can see that you take seriously Hi Viz equipment ...:deal
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  19. chasbo

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    Just found this report. Excellent write up man! My wife and I have been going to Davis for almost 15 years to spend long weekends. I did a ride report myself last year of a day trip I took through the area. Going to take my wife on a long overnighter there as soon as I finish rebuilding my K75...
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  20. FrankoQ

    FrankoQ Been here awhile

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    Nice report and I will likely do a similar 3day trip next month.
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