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Rocky Mountain VRodr
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Hi All,

Looks like a great community, happy to be here. I've been wanting to ride for years, but never had the money. Now, thanks to an amazing wife who took the time to fill out a small scrap of paper and mail it in with MY name on it, I won a Silver Anniversary VRSCA. It arrives Friday. I'm hoping to get my license tomorrow.

PLEASE don't hate me. I'm a lucky b*stard and I know it.

Of course, with taxes, license, registration, etc., I'm not sure I can even afford this "free" bike, but I'll do just about anything to keep it.

All suggestions are DEEPLY appreciated. I'm thinking my first purchase should be the engine guard?

I look forward to your wisdom.

Thanks!

KARAF
 

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Welcome!!

It doesn't matter how you got the bike, as long as you keep it and more importantly, ride it!

I'm sure that you will love it!

On the engine guard issue, it will depend in who you talk with. Everyone has different thoughts on that one. Personally, I don't use one, and IMHO think that they are ugly on a V-Rod. But it's just that, my opinion.

Look around in the galleries and decide for yourself if it is something that you want or think that you need for protection. Regardless...

:welcome:

-Bry
 

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Color me Gone
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KARAF you sound like a lucky man, I'm just glad to see a winner of one of the bikes that wants to keep it and ride it rather then sell it. Welcome to the forum.

Max
 

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:welcome: You LUCKY sob! :plause: Does she have a Sister? "Your Wife";)
 

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Congrats on the win. I guess it doesn't matter what you buy first because you'll be back for more!!! lol Have fun...it's only money. :welcome:
 

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Riding around
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Congratulations, Karaf! I know the engine guard messes up the sleek lines of the bike, but as a beginner rider, I was sure glad I had it a few times last summer! Saved money and probably pain when I dumped it.

Welcome!
 

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:welcome:

The crowd here is very diverse. Learn from others but do what you want and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise.
:broke:
 

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Congrats on the win - you've got an amazing freebie! Whatever you decide to do with accessories, be sure to look around before you buy. This forum, eBay, etc. are all excellent options that can cost you less than the dealer.
 

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Congratulations!!! It will cost you a lot more than just the tax registration etc. You will get the bug like the rest of us and your wife will be sorry she got you to fill that slip of paper out. You will love the forum, don't be afraid to ask any question here, tons of respect and admiration is what keeps this forum the great place it is. :ride:
 

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As the saying goes...the bike is just the down payment on the accessories. And once you start you can't stop - it's a very slippery slope!

Seriously, congratulations and enjoy!
 

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Congrats and :vrodforu:
 

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Rocky Mountain VRodr
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Another step closer!

Wow, this forum rocks. So many welcomes, and it hasn't even been 24 hours yet!

Just thought I'd let you know I passed my test today, I'll have license in hand tomorrow!!! Bike arrives Friday, and I have 5 hours scheduled with a pro instructor on Monday to make sure I learn how to ride it (her?) properly. (I've seen too many posts about respecting an engine this big.)

Thanks again everyone, it looks like only a few more days of sleepless nights waiting for my VRod to arrive!

KARAF
 

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Getting the extra skills fast and not relying on learning "the hard way" is a great idea, very sensible. :vrodforu:

You are gonna love this bike. Wait til you get on it and run it through a few nice twisties and sweeping bends, or after it is run in, belt it hard in a straight line. It handles and goes as good as it looks! :cool:

And on the winning it thing LOVE YOUR WORK :hyper:
 

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Congratulations on the license, Karaf!! Really, don't worry about the bigger engine -- and I'm speaking from recent experience here. I'm glad you have a pro instructor scheduled, but I really think you will be amazed and delighted at how easy the transition will be from those small bikes in the riding course to the v-rod -- it's just so danged forgiving. No-one ever believes me until they ride it, but it's the best "beginner's bike" HD makes. You're just gonna love it. Can't wait to hear about your first ride!!!!
 

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KARAF said:
Wow, this forum rocks. So many welcomes, and it hasn't even been 24 hours yet!

Just thought I'd let you know I passed my test today, I'll have license in hand tomorrow!!! Bike arrives Friday, and I have 5 hours scheduled with a pro instructor on Monday to make sure I learn how to ride it (her?) properly. (I've seen too many posts about respecting an engine this big.)

Thanks again everyone, it looks like only a few more days of sleepless nights waiting for my VRod to arrive!

KARAF
Congratulations KARAF... for the bike and the license! Want to mention I'm in Colorado (Park County). Let me know if you have any Colorado riding/dealer questions!

Steve
 

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Rocky Mountain VRodr
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Steve,

Great to hear hear from another Colorado rider! Of course, with snow forecast for Thursday and maybe Friday, I'm a little jealous of the VRodForums members in Florida right now.

Dealerwise, we have some great dealers not far from me. Ft. Collins of course has the fantastic custom shop, and High Country Harley in Frederick just opened a satellite store in Boulder! (I'm syched about that one: huge shuffleboard table, big screen TV, great shop to hang out in!)

I would love suggestions about good 'starter rides' for beginners up in the rockies. I know about lots of harder rides, but I'd love to ease into the twisties. (Actually, I've seen books on Mountain Biking the Rockies, Hiking the Rockies, even Walking your Dog in the Rockies, is there a "Motorcycling the Rockies" book?)

Thanks again for the warm welcome,

KARAF
 
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