After muuuuch anticipation, I finally am a V owner as of this past Saturday!! My wife, who is endlessly patient with my little obsessions
drove me to Renfrew, Ont. (little mom and pop dealership that was a pleasure to do business with) where I picked it up and went for a great ride to the cottage (45 min away), then back to Ottawa.
So right away tested the "off-road" capability, as I have about 5km of (this time of year) soft sand, mud, traces of ice etc. Gotta say things got a bit squirmy in places, but never having actually ridden a true off road bike, I say, ignorance is bliss! Worked just fine! Do think I need a fender extender on the front - rad got partially clogged with mud - can't be a good thing!
Anyways, must say everything I have learned and read about in the forum (thanks to everyone) was clearly validated. What a great bike, and I do think this is exactly the bike I should have. A lot like my F650CS, but better in almost every respect. Handling, power, smoothness, confidence inspiring.
Stock seat was not as bad as I expected, but will still fiddle with it (raise the front edge).
Stock screen was also a pleasant surprise - was expecting it to be a disaster, but airflow was fairly smooth. Still want better protection though, so Madstad and screen (TBD
) on the way.
Now I can get all of Speedy's bits installed (already bought the full package minus the passenger lowering blocks). I knew by just sitting on the bike the mirror position was not great and my legs need to stretch a bit more...and let's not talk about that stock kickstand base sinking into the wet sand like a spear on Sat...All well known minor problems with easy solutions.
Changed the oil right away after the trip, installed a magnetic drain plug - should be interesting to see what it picks up this early in the break-in.
Anyways, that's it for now - will advise as farkles get added!!