I had my second test ride on the 2015 V 1000 a few days ago. This time I was wearing the right boots and boy did I have fun.
The dealer let me take it for an extended period, so I did some expressway riding for about 20 miles, then some twistys for about 4 miles.
I have to say, I am falling in love with this bike.
It's so smooth and powers up effortlessly.
I've been a straight up cruiser guy my whole riding duration. I like sport bikes, but not the riding position (preference). I've been getting new bikes every two to four years out of boredom.
My wife has the Kawi 500 with the ninja motor and six speed trans. Every time I ride her bike, I feel like I am actually riding, powering in and out of turns etc. It is actually fun to ride and it moves pretty well also. I have a big grin after riding her bike. It reminds me of why I started riding a bike in the first place. We are about to upgrade her to a black Vulcan S.
I am so bored with lugging along on bigger heavier cruisers. For several years now, the sport/touring, adventure/touring type bikes have been appealing to me. When I saw the V, I had to check it out. I know metrics well, since I've owned many through the years, including several Kawi's. I was excited to check out a whole new kind of bike than what I am used to.
On this second test ride, I had the shield adjusted all the way up. The bike is eerily quite up until about 48 mph. Not used to the quite, but it was refreshing. At 48 mph, I began to experience some wind noise and turbulence.
Wondering if the Puig shield or something else would help alleviate this? I couldn't even hear the engine revving because the wind was so loud. I like to hear what the r's are doing while I am riding. I do appreciate the tachometer, but I still like to hear the engine. (Side note: maybe get a new can).
The other thing I noticed is the grips are smaller than what I am used too, but I can fix that by adding sleeves or changing them out. Also, the OEM pegs have to go and I will probably lower them.
The last thing is, the bars are a little far apart for my comfort zone. I was wondering if anyone has cut an inch or so off the ends of the bars to bring them in some? My arms are a little too straight when riding and I began to experience some fatigue after a bit.
I have a quote from one dealer and am now waiting for one other dealer to give me their quote. By weeks end I will be purchasing the V without a doubt. Loving the black, but I think I've owned too many all black bikes. Will probably go with the orange and black this time.
This is a lot of bike for the money IMO and I am loving it.
Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.