Just brought the bike in for the first service yesterday. I couldn't wait. I know there are tons of theories on bike break in but I decided to stick close to manufacturer outline and except for a couple of times hitting 5500 RPM I kept it at or below 5000.
I was dying! First gear is so short using 4800 as the shift spot, to get to 4th or 5th gear off a light took about 3 days. I was riding with the wife and a wee bitty prius destroyed me and faded off into the distance.
Now .. I have owned a lot of bikes over 40 years of riding and I knew I wasnt buying a race bike but it seemed all the fun bits were starting right at about 4800-5000rpm ... so it was just out of reach.
Well I didnt get down the block from the dealer before I started whacking the throttle. I kept it under the 7500 per manual but still .... HOoray! I wasnt disappointed.
Dont get me wrong .. she is not going to win any drag races but like I said I knew that going in but it was still peppy, gave plenty of passing power at speed and had a satisfying growl when you whacked it open.
My riding now a days is kept pretty sedate. I prefer to cruise along at comfortable speeds and enjoy the lovely scenery and the quality of the ride but its nice to know that if I have to, or want to, whack that throttle there is passing power and fun to be had. I was up at 85mph in no time and smiling ear to ear.
So that was the last goal post on my "Damn I hope I like this bike" scale and it passed wonderfully. You know you read the reviews and see all the videos but you just dont know until you ride it and except that the fugin bike doesnt come with a helmet lock ... I am thrilled with my purchase.