Well the first 50 miles are history. I went pretty as close to his recommendations as I could considering the traffic and the fact that I backed off just a little from his recommendations. First impressions are all positive except for the gear box. Had problems with up-shifting to third a number of times. Always after I had stopped never when I was constantly moving. The fuel injection is smooth, no dead spots and no hesitation throughout the rpm range. The bike pulls nicely from 3,500 rpms. The bike is tall. I am 6”0”. If I was two inches shorter the height would be a problem. I would forget about this bike if you are less than 6” tall. If you are 5’10” you can lower it a bit I guess but if you are shorter I don’t think the lowering will help you. You will never feel comfortable. There were a lot of crosswinds and the bike handled them well. I can’t get a feel for how well the fairing works due to the crosswinds. The moments when they subsided it seemed very calm behind the fairing. The little guards that are at the side of the tank help keep your knees from getting the brunt of the wind. Overall I’m very happy. For what I am getting the bike for it’s a good decision on my part. Hell it’s not a GS500 but it’s the next best thing.