Just took delivery of the bike last night. I haven't smiled on a 40 minute ride in a loooong time! I mean, I was grinning like I just got away with something! The entire time! There are a few things to get used to:
I'm sitting IN the bike, not on it.
The sound of my new exhaust vs. the stealthy silent Triumph I had.
No gas gauge? Wtf? It's a 2015!?!?
Turning at low speed is different with the fat 16" tire vs the thinner 18" tire I had.
I need to figure out what to do about storage. Had a tail bag on a luggage rack and a taller sissy bar before.
The clutch is much tougher. Got stuck on a packed highway down to one lane for 5 miles. Took about 20+ minutes and my hand was killing me. Much different.
I'm happy with the change. I like having my feet flat on the ground. Having a 28" inseam makes it tough on most cruisers- even though they may be low to the ground, their seats are usually wide so on the Triumph with a 27" height, the seat was so wide I could only really flat foot one side and tippy toe the other. This bike, I have to set my feet down gently or it's like I'm trying to put my foot through the asphalt! Not used to that, but very happy about it.
A sunny day and a full tank of gas- my little slice of Heaven!
2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
2008 Triumph Sprint ST
2006 Yamaha VStar 1100 Custom
2000 Suzuki SV650
1985 Suzuki ES550EF