Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Impressions on ABS, lean angle, and LD comfort
Friday i took the Military Sportbike Rider Course on my 2012 adventure (with all bags), and saturday did a 410 mile ride with a few stops here and there. Just wanted to put forth my impressions.
ABS - never had a bike with abs before, so i didn't know what to expect. But on the emergency quickstop portion of the course, the rear abs kicked in often. I haven't had a light bike in a very long time (previous bike was a victory vision) so i wasn't prepared on how much weight actually got shifted to that front tire. But it didn't freak me out at all. Just felt a clicking in the foot and thought, "oh. I guess that's what abs feels like". The bike stopped VERY quickly and the brakes, while having a lot of travel in the lever, seemed really strong. That front definitely has some stopping power.
At some point i figured, "hey, i'm in a parking lot without cars around. Lets test an all ABS stop". So i accelerated to 25ish, and just grabbed and stomped with reckless abandon. Bike stopped, felt clicking. The front tire was a little more noticeable as it did actually skid for a slight moment, but i didn't die, the bike stopped, and now i know what'll happen in a freeze up panic stop.
lean angle - certainly more than enough for me to have fun! I have richland ricks peg lowering kit and his kickstand pad on the bike. The pad will scrape before the footpeg (just before it) on left hand turns. But in the course,i felt very comfortable shifting the weight off the seat, leaning forward and in, and taking sharp turns. Certainly is fun! I was able to outlean and push faster than any of the other riders. Not that the BIKE leans farther, i just had more confidence in my bike than they did riding theirs. I can definitely see this bike passing up sportbikes in tight twisties.
LD Comfort - sucks. Man, that seat just does NOT agree with me. After about an hour and a half my butt is screaming and i have to stand on the pegs for a minute to get some relief. I went to alaskan sheepskin website, and they are offering some sort of small "trial" sheepskin pad. It's small, universal size, cheap, but should work. So i ordered one. If this solves the comfort issue, i'll pass it along on this website and buy fullsize sheepskin covers. Just want to find a way to as permanently as possible mount it to the seat so i can worry less about someone stealing it off the bike if i park somewhere.
Just my impressions. Had it 30 days, couldn't ride it for a week, and just hit 2000 miles. I'm going for 1500-2000 miles a month on this one. It's just too easy to ride. No finicky issues, maneuverable, good ergos, great storage. I haven't driven my truck in weeks. Only when i need to pick up drycleaning every few weeks (i drop it off on the bike though!)
Great bike, and i look forward to putting more miles on it and trying out some unimproved roads, fireroads, and seeing if i will like offroading.