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post #1 of 13 Old 03-16-2015, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Brought it home today. First riding impressions.

Background info. I'm coming from the world of BMW oilhead boxer twin engines. I've owned 5. For reasons stated in another thread I've made the switch.

So a very short, 30 mile ride when I got home and unloaded the bike.

Feels very light. Responsive steering with light input. Holds the line w/o wanting to stand up or fall in to a turn.

Decent acceleration for my 225 pounds.

Not as much engine braking as I expected. Takes a long time to decelerate after backing off on the throttle.

Bar position is just right. Peg lowering kit here this week to take care of knee bend. Seat felt OK but most do for 30 minutes. Will take a couple hour ride to see if I need to be moving around or not.

Need to raise windscreen. May not help. Read about the mirrors and the different aftermarket windshields. Will have to study that more.

Need a shelf for my gps and locator.

Buying tank bag this week.

Buying a HT center stand as well.

Scratching my head about oiler/no oiler. Haven't had a chain driven bike since the 70's. (Yes, I know I'm an old phart here but I was just average in the BMW world. :mrgreen

Tires sound loud, but I'm used to PR's so it isn't a fair comparison.

Turn signals look dinky and dim. Saw the advice to put in shiny tape to make them brighter.

Need some Hyperlites for the brake and turn signals.

Need to install a fuse block, a couple of 12V outlets on the dash.

More HD riders waved today than they did when I was on the Beemer.

All and all, I have a smile on my face and look forward with anticipation for the good things to come.

Pics tomorrow.
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Prior to my Vstroms (on my third one now), I owned shaft drive cruisers and a couple of BMW's. The thought of a chain drive was frightening to me. Years later I can say that they are dependable, efficient, and not hard to maintain. I did buy a Scottoiler and I still use one today. It is SO NICE to know my chain is being properly lubricated, my chain and sprocket life are extended, and my maintenance is limited filling the reservoir and checking slack once in a while.

Don't be disheartened by the chain. I do highly recommend the oiler. It is nice not thinking about lubing anymore.
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I am forwarding a wish for many safe and enjoyable miles. Quite the machine. Puts fun back into riding after making the switch from big touring rigs at 58 years of age.
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Great to hear Bud. The handling is something that probably doesn't get enough attention, the engine get's most of the praise I guess. The ABS is awesome too, the Beemers had me for a long time because of the safety features and Paralever suspension was very good but I think everyone has caught up. Well, maybe Harley hasn't but you know, some like chrome and steel heavy beasts.
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Harley does the best they can!
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safe riding! +1 on the oiler I'm installing one this summer. hope you enjoy the new ride.
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The powerband is very forgiving on the bike, so you're not going to get a lot of engine braking at speed. Now if you can remember to engine brake when going slowly down a high incline gravel road in first gear, you'll find that the engine braking works just fine while other riders white-knuckle their ABS brakes and slide right past you.

If you're installing a center stand, than an automatic oiler is just plain lazyness and/or farklemania. Pop it up on the stand, spin the tire and spray. Couldn't be easier. Well, actually the scottoiler would be easier, but I digress.

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Ya gotta love it.

One members say you have to get the oiler, the other says balderdash.

Both are right.
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I think the auto oilers are nice, but up on the centerstand and hitting with some Belray Superclean every so often does the trick for me just dandy.

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I think the auto oilers are nice, but up on the centerstand and hitting with some Belray Superclean every so often does the trick for me just dandy.
Does the Belray lube as well as clean?
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