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post #1 of 7 Old 04-08-2015, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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First 100 Miles

It's taken me two rides to get to 100 miles but I just wanted to share initial thoughts.

Likes-
I like the smoothness of the bike (engine, clutch, brakes). No vibrations.
I like the overall comfort and versatility.
Hop on and go ease!
ABS (Fun to test in parking lots)

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I noticed buffetting that made my neck sore after first ride (or being too tense?).
I'm able to stand up but can't grip bike too well with my legs while standing. Maybe need to raise bars?

Dislikes-
Could use better wind protection; although it is a motorcycle!

Maybe I can keep this updated every 100 miles until 1,000 and then every 1k miles thereafter... Sort of like a journal of impressions for those on the fence.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-08-2015, 05:37 PM
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I enjoy mine more every time I ride. Like you, I have noticed some things I wish to tweak (wind protection). Just passed the 800 mile mark myself.

Overall, very happy with mine. I drove mine end to work today, so as an added bonus I get to enjoy it again today on the way home.
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I'm able to stand up but can't grip bike too well with my legs while standing.
This is why the engineers at Suzuki designed it with a seat.

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post #4 of 7 Old 04-08-2015, 07:02 PM
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This is why the engineers at Suzuki designed it with a seat.
I thought it was why they added the handlebar?

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I bought mine with 8400+ miles, of course with the built in error and the new error since I corrected the speed these aren't exact numbers, but I just hit 15,000 miles today. I got it in the middle of November and started riding in December, I am pretty much on it every day, including commuting to work. As you can see in my signature I have modified it slightly. I am happy with all of my choices.

Not sure what the OEM windscreen was designed for but it was the first thing gone.

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Looks like upcoming weather will allow for some good riding this weekend. Trying to hit that first 500 service.
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I noticed the neck pain too but because the handlebars are too far forward which makes me lean a bit forward and have to tilt my head up enough to make it stiff and ache after a while. For me they needed to rotate back a bit and that eliminated the neck fatigue. Luckily, I did it before I measured for a higher windshield.

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I noticed buffetting that made my neck sore after first ride (or being too tense?).
I'm able to stand up but can't grip bike too well with my legs while standing. Maybe need to raise bars?

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