So we've had two weeks to get to know each other - super happy my old riding skills came back after many years on a scooter. They really are different animals.
Installed the fork brace and kickstand foot from Rick at Adventure Tech. I'm a little less anxious about that stand folding on me again - that foot helps settle the stand when let down, not to mention the excessive lean is fixed. Good stuff!
This weekend I'll be installing the shelf, the Eastern Beaver headlight harness and other electrics like a fused distribution panel. I'm hoping y'all are right about the harness brightening up the lights - once again I find cagers pulling/turning in front of me. They didn't pull that shit with HID's. I've got a pair of 10W bullet driving spots that I need to figure how to mount on the crash bars... any hints welcome.
Was baptized in rain the other day - this bike handles awesome on some really crappy wet surfaces. Intersections my scoot slipped on are handled with aplomb - ABS? Who needs stinkin ABS! (JK - that was a selling point for me)
It brings to mind a question - I'm recalling that downshifting to brake is generally a bad idea in rain - mostly due to slippage but also it would torque the bike and possibly initiate a slide. I forgot and downshifted coming into a notoriously slick exit ramp and that dang bike tracked true. I paid attention after that and downshifting is very ho-hum. Is this the new normal? I'd hate to think I've been mislead by the bike and take a dive in the future. I've always practiced using both brakes balanced, I just erred that once but good to know how a bike normally reacts in all situations.
Finally I'm really over the throttle in 1st and second gear. It is very hard to maintain a steady slow speed without excessive clutch use. The throttle is initially like on or off - much like my old Honda Elsinore dirt bike. It causes a bad lurch and jerkiness. This is a real problem in stop-n-go traffic on the freeway. I got to where I let a big enough gap to do a smooth accel - then the idiots behind me try to plow me under from impatience and also people using that as an excuse to cut in. I saw an allusion to a throttle cam with a smoother roll-on. Anybody use these? Any Good?
Thanks for letting me ramble - all advice taken to heart.