For cruising around this bike delivers and is one cool ride. Everyone who sees it loves the thing and who can blame them?
I dont ride it like the sport bikes I have had but I put it through its paces. The first curvy road had me scraping my pegs and getting the rear tire pretty close to the edge. There are a few mods that are a MUST.
1. The seat is horrible.
2. The rear shock is horrible (may just need adjusting).
3. The front brakes lack initial bite and under hard braking dont quite cut it. 700 lb bike with 220 lbs of "me" means they have to work hard in a hammer on the brake type stop. The rear brake seems soft and lacking as well. Normal riding they are fine though.
4. It chugs A LOT if you are below 1800 rpms.
Would it be worth it to upgrade to the Hammer S rear shock with 3.9 inches of travel vs. just the 3.0 that it has now?
The engine has good power and for now its "ok" but I will have to have more. It is not what I would call a fast bike but it does make good torque and the power delivery is smooth and never jerky. The front forks are a little on the soft side for my taste but it helps to smooth out the ride on rough roads.
I am really nit-picking because it is THAT GOOD of a bike.
It handles well, has good power, got 45 miles per gallon, stops decent, looks amazing, and sounds good in stock form. It does nothing great but does everything well. I keep coming back to the brakes and will either upgrade the rotor and pad or perhaps go with a dual disc front set-up.
I cant wait to ride it again.