I need to pry this grin off my face
I was finally talked into giving up on finding a used bike last week and went to the dealer. Had a fairly pleasant experience minus the service tech who prepped my bike biting my head off when I tried to hold the bike up for him. No big deal, I wasn't planning on letting them touch the bike again after I'd rode off anyway.
This is what I've been looking for. Just the right amount of go. I bought a 1200 Bandit to replace my 450 Nighthawk but it got boring real fast and I ended up selling the Bandit and keeping the Nighthawk. I just couldn't get past not being able to exercise the engine and remain below sane speeds. I think I'm going to like winding the V up once the motor's broken in and the transmission smooths out. The power plant revs to satisfaction without breaking the sound barrier like my Nighthawk but unlike that bike it also has the cubes for effortless freeway riding.
I love how it handles. Maybe it was the shot tires on the Bandit but that thing always felt squirrely in the corners and the Nighthawk needs constant attention when leaned over. The V goes into a corner and stays there until you tell it to do something else. I love flipping it back and forth on S curves. It's snappy but very stable and seems to know what you want it to do before you know. The handling was everything you guys hyped and then some
I actually think the stock gearing is about right and am probably going to leave it alone. It spins slower than my Nighthawk anyway (6500 at 70 MPH
). Brakes also feel good. Doesn't have the snap of the 3 pistons the Bandit had but they're very linear and have plenty of stopping power.
It's not without it's flaws. Shifting is a bit clunky but that's already smoothing as it gets some more miles on it. I've noticed the dreaded cowling buzz and water pump leak. The throttle doesn't have enough static friction and requires very fine control especially on bumpy roads. More annoyingly I've found my hands and feet tend to get buzzed after an hour or two in the saddle. The former I'm correcting with an aluminum bar but I'm undecided on what to do with the foot pegs as of yet. The seat's a torture rack but it's a stock seat. The staple gun and kitchen knife will come out later this week.
All in all I'm very happy with this thing. A little tweaking and I'll have exactly the machine I wanted. Not that anyone needs to see another stock V but the thread didn't feel right without pictures.
See you on the road,