Good advice already. I did the same thing in March 2012, i.e., I rode my brand new XCT from the dealer -- about 160 miles away -- to my home. Unlike where you live, it was fookin' cold, so I had an adapter (with bigger fuse) for my heated liner, to plug into the dash outlet. In any case:
- Vary the engine speed. There's some break-in upper RPM until (as I recall) 500 miles, and don't lug it (e.g., keep it above 2K if just tooling, and higher if you're going to shift up).
- I'd say you'd be fine if you want to use the cruise in short spurts, and at different RPMs
, just to experiment for brief periods. If you do so, note that setting the cruise requires that you press it for a couple of seconds, not just a stab.
- Check the tires before you leave. What do you all say, something like 42 rear and 36 front?
- Speaking of pressure, make sure the rear shock is not at zero, especially if you shop at the big and tall stores. There's a chart in the owner's manual and the right saddlebag.
- One more thing: don't baby it when taking off from a stop. There's a (very handy) neutral assist, which might prevent your going into second. That is, if you took off very timidly and then tried to shift into second too quickly -- at, say, 4 or 5mph -- you'd wind up in neutral. So, make sure you're at, say, 10mph, before shifting up to second.
- And speaking of shifting, the return throw when down-shifting is longer than I expected (and in my early riding, until I figured this out, prevented me from down-shifting a bunch of gears at a time). That is, if you're coming to a stop or otherwise slowing down and will be down-shifting a few gears at a time, make sure you raise your foot very high in between down-shifts, to allow the shift lever to fully
return all the way up between each shift.
- If it's cold, don't forget about the heated grips and seat. Finding the heated seat controls is a little difficult, so if you'll be using that make sure you figure out how to do that while sitting on the bike at the dealer's.
- (Edit) Ah, one more thing. (I feel like Columbo, if anyone's old enough to remember that series.) Check out the winglet vs. lowers clearance at the dealer's. See this post, to see what I'm talking about
Other than that, I can't think of any peculiarities for a first ride. Enjoy!