Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Reston, Virginia
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Did a 70 mile ride yesterday. Here's more early impressions.
Windscreen - There is no buffeting from the Puig windscreen, just mild clean air. I don't think long highway rides will be a problem (I'm 5'7").
Engine - Very pleased with the smoothness of the engine. I could not detect any vibrations while cruising at 70 mph, or any other speed/gear thus far. I am observing the break-in, nothing above 5800 rpm and no full throttle. Torque is amazing. It is very easy to ride this bike in 6th gear from 25 mph + all day. Almost miss the need to downshift.
Throttle - Very controllable, no problem with on/off and no problem with maintaining constant speed. Whatever problem existed on the early models has been fixed. In fact, throttle control is as good as my 2015 FJR which had a wire throttle. For now I don't see the need for any throttle related mods.
Suspension - Agree with many others on the suspension, it is tight and I probably will fiddle with it after a thousand or so miles on the OD. However, I generally have a tendency to transfer weight to the balls of my feet when encountering rough road so I'm used to compensating.
Mirrors - Very functional and clear. As noted I'm 5'7". I do catch the tips of my elbows but still have a good rear view. No need for extensions or mods for me.
Transmission - Getting a clunk when shifting from N to 1st gear after the light turns green. Not anything I haven't experienced on many other bikes, but I'm hoping this works itself out after the transmission loosens up a little. Other wise it is very good on the 'snick - snick' scale. As note above, shifting gears is optional with this motor. In fact for normal street riding down shifting is just for fun. Prior to purchase I was planning on changing sprockets for highway use but there is so little vibration - none? - at 70 mph I may rethink this.
C-Bow - Solid an unobtrusive with the bags off. I also purchased the sport rack the replaces the rear seat. Haven't tried that yet.
Quick Lock Tank Bag - Works great. I have the small and medium tank bags which pop on/off with ease. I will be adding a larger tank bag in the future as I only want to use the panniers when doing overnighters.
Seat - Overall comfortable but I haven't done extended saddle time. As reported by others, there is a slight tendency to slide forward which probably will get annoying on long rides?
Exhaust - Love the sound. Love the looks. This is the best stock exhaust I have ever experienced. Wouldn't think of touching it.
Nits - I keep accidentally clicking the high-beams on. I think the lever extends a tad too much and may knock some off if it keeps up.
Editorial - This is a seriously powerful bike that needs to be handled with great respect. IMHO it is only appropriate for very experienced riders and experienced old farts like me that know their limitations. Brings to mind one of my favorite motorcycle sayings - "Know your limitations and those of your steed."
Last edited by joecbr; 04-09-2017 at 07:42 AM.