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PostSubject: New Member from NY   Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:16 pm

Hi folks. I'm new to the forum, joining from the Capital District in NY. I just picked up a "brand-used" '09 WRX in black last weekend, and I'm hopeful that the winter weather will hold out long enough for me to confirm she's a keeper.

Just a bit of background info: I'm a young professional Research Engineer and have a growing family, so I won't be the most active member this forum has ever seen--you know, priorities. I've been riding since I was a kid, but predominantly have owned sportbikes or sport-tourers as an adult. I decided that I'd like to add a better commuter/explorer/off pavement ride to the stable, basically something that can fill the gaps where my FZ1 is out of its wheelhouse. So, no need for big power (my FZ has 100+ on what I could ever hope for out of the 250), but rather going for simplicity, economy, versatility (suspension travel!), and commute/short-trip fun factor. It was between the WRR, WRX, and the DRZSM (I know I'm not the only one to have gone through that decision), and the WRX won out because I'm going to be at least 75% pavement and the WR seemed to be a bit less needy than the DRZ (I have enough carbs in the garage to deal with given the NY weather).

I found a decent deal on a mostly stock '09 in black (my favorite), and decided to pick it up and see how it works out. I just got it registered, so not much feedback yet, but for sure gearing and suspension (esp. rear--my FZ used to be a pogo as well) are the first in line for improvement. Other mods such as programmer and the usual farkles may find their way on in time...we'll see.

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PostSubject: Re: New Member from NY   Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:14 pm

Welcome to the site... !!! Post up a picture of the new to you ride when you get a chance.
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PostSubject: Re: New Member from NY   Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:07 pm

What is this mythical "pavement" you speak of?    hide
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PostSubject: Re: New Member from NY   Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:14 pm

wwguy wrote:
What is this mythical "pavement" you speak of?    hide

I think it might be what I suffer through to get to the fun riding areas with the great views. It's where all the txting cages attack if one is not careful.
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PostSubject: Re: New Member from NY   Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:20 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome!

greenboy wrote:
wwguy wrote:
What is this mythical "pavement" you speak of?    hide

I think it might be what I suffer through to get to the fun riding areas with the great views. It's where all the txting cages attack if one is not careful.

I forgot that some of you folks might not know this. Pavement is where we in the northeast plant our potholes in the winter, and also happens to be the summer nesting place of the renowned tar snake.

Anyhow...I finally got to ride a little bit (beyond a test ride), and this little thing is interesting. Somehow, even though it is just as everyone described, it is different than what I expected. scratch

One thing I did appreciate is that after just one ride, I already learned some things about myself, the most significant being that I'm not a hardcore dirt rider (yet), so the SM version is probably more appropriate. I did venture into a muddy construction site just to get off pavement for a bit, and then you know what I did--I came home and washed it! I just wasn't comfortable putting it in the garage with mud all over the place. I guess we'll have to ease into that one if we're going to go there  dunno

Back to the bike, I think a few choice mods will go a long way, mostly addressing the squishy rear suspension and excessively tall gearing, perhaps some handguards, get rid of the stock tail assembly, and you know, power mods maybe...oh, crap, here we go again!
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