Needs better tires
The handling is great, but different tires are definitely in order. The stockers are constantly slipping and skipping around on gravel. The short wheelbase and steep rake needs some reliable rubber to handle the dirt, even if it's only a smooth dirt road. However, it's easy to tell that the potential is there. I'm looking forward to wearing out the stockers so that I can get some good grip on the bike. I don't even care for stock grip on dry, smooth, and warm asphalt. I locked up the rear the other day during a pretty mild slow-down and didn't even realize that it was sliding at first. No problem with high siding, since there wasn't enough grip to snag anyway. If you've ever pushed a tire to the point of tread showing and then slid on it (not a good idea), that's what it felt like. Kind of a 'papery' feel - and I know now what the guys are talking about when they mention the lack of feel in the rear brakes. From slow to slide - with little feeling of transition. I hate to keep comparing the Vee to my Ninja, but the little 500 had some killer brakes.