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post #1 of 19 Old 07-06-2012, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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First impressions.....

Okay!

Went and picked up the strom this morning, got it all unloaded from the truck and several hours later, took it for a test ride (I'm at work, or I would still be riding! ).

So far every thing is great, I'll still have to play with the windscreen, but it's really a non issue coming from a sportbike. I find that the throttle is kinda jerky when rolling on/off/on. I had to adjust the TPS on my GSXR because I had a similar issue (we called it the herky jerky). On the short ride, I noticed that I had a pretty excessively tight grip on the grips, I guess because of that jerky on off on throttle issue. But it really does have some power right from the get go. My arms got a little tired of being up/out/and bent. More straight arms feels better, I scooted back in the seat till I hit the back before the passenger seat, and my arms felt much better, but I think I would prefer if the bars themselves were a little more forward. I think that's pretty much it. Everything else feels great, I can see the speedo without having to move my head down, and I can see behind me in the mirrors (that didn't seem to be shaking when I rode). On the GSXR the mirrors shake like crazy, it's just a blur or your elbows, you have to move your elbow to see behind you. And if you are at speed, you have to put a hand on the mirror to keep it from vibrating too bad.

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post #2 of 19 Old 07-06-2012, 06:30 PM
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Good for you. Many happy safe miles.
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Looking good, she looks great. The color is pretty awesome!
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Congrats on the new bike, you'll learn to love it.

I've noticed the throttle response to be a bit sensitive as well, I'm still having trouble transitioning from off throttle entering a curve to back on throttle to accelerate out of it, and doing it smoothly....but I'm getting better.

Having real mirrors that really work at all speeds is awesome!

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Another thing I've noticed is that when you are riding on a hot day, such as today, the screen blocks a lot of air and you get really hot compared to a sportbike. Don't have that constant air blowing on your jacket.
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Another thing I've noticed is that when you are riding on a hot day, such as today, the screen blocks a lot of air and you get really hot compared to a sportbike. Don't have that constant air blowing on your jacket.
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Nice to see a sportbike convert. Mine was too hard on my neck. Really went fast though only got one ticket on it, 50 in a 30 but I had the option to take the "slow down you dumbass" class and the fine was reduced to $75 bucks. :mrgreen:

I think the throttle isn't herky jerky at all. Wonder what the deal with yours is.

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post #8 of 19 Old 07-07-2012, 03:24 AM
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Congrats with the new risde.

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I find that the throttle is kinda jerky when rolling on/off/on.
I find that the throttle responce on the Strom is spot on - maybe all you need is a chain adjustment..?

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I too find the throttle jerky after my triumph. It doesn't take long to get used to it
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I find that the throttle responce on the Strom is spot on - maybe all you need is a chain adjustment..?
How much slack should the chain have?
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