SECOND RIDE IMPRSSIONS:
No, I won't be boring you with 3rd, 4th,...27th ride impressions. But I took the V1 out for a 400 miler after adding some accessories and this is what I found:
SEAT MOD: I dished out the rear portion of the driver's part of the seat and added a bit of width to the rearmost part of it, plus added a seat heater. This successfully remedied the factory's intent that you constantly polish the tank with your valuables. I'm sure it isn't as comfortable as a custom seat from Russel or the like, but it's a nice improvement and I'm hoping to be able to tour with it next year. On this ride, which included mountain roads with lots of curves, and straight open roads, after 400 miles and 8 hours I was not squirming or suffering from bottom burn.
Other accessories: SEAT HEATER and GRIP HEATERS: when I begin getting cold if I can get some heat into my hands and/or butt I find that I can focus on the heat rather than the cold, which really helps. And it helped on this ride.
HANDLE BAR RISERS: From Moto Werks: Nice addition that helps with the seating position. Feels like I'm not leaning as far forward, which is helpful to me as it's easier on my neck.
PUIG Windshield: Works as advertised: Found that about 2" up from the lowest position works great for me. I'm 5-10 with a 30" inseam. Doesn't give the weather protection my Goldwing did, but it would be silly to hold it to that standard.
ELECTRIC VEST PLUG: Gotta have it for cool weather riding in the Pacific Northwest, or touring into states where the weather can do virtually anything anytime at higher elevations.
CRUISE PEGS: Unsure if I'll mount them...time will tell. They're on the bench just in case.
LED RUNNING LIGHTS: A safety necessity IMHO. I have a pair of cheap ones I got from China on another bike and like them so well I got a pair for this one as well. I don't know how much help they'll be at night. They weren't in place on this ride, but I got home after dark and I was NOT impressed at all by the stock lighting for night vision. I don't ride at night by choice anymore, but in the case of wanting to leave at 0-dark-thirty or arriving late to a destination sometimes it can't be helped. These running lights reach WAY out in the daytime and nobody who is awake with their eyes open will miss seeing them. Be seen, stay alive.
PERFORMANCE: As I first suspected...more than I need, But what a blessing when you want to pass in a tight spot! Best handling motorcycle I've ever owned and it's a real joy in the twisties. Also the quality of the ride is a testament to the thought Kaw put into this model, and it's much appreciated.
GREMLIN BELL: Personally, I'm not superstitious. At all. But it would just be insane to ride with out the Gremlin Bell.
FUTURE MODS: Maybe lower the pegs with the Moto Werks brackets. Maybe ride down to Redding, CA and have Russel Day Long build a seat for me. Time will tell whether or not these mods will be needed. The brackets are cheap, but the seat is a bit pricey...and I'm a cheapskate.
Speaking of being cheap, I'm a dyed in the wool DIY On A Budget kinda guy. I'm currently doing a top case mod that some might find interesting...I'll post pics when it's finished and mounted.