First 100 miles out of the way.
I really like this bike. I had so much fun today! I ended up taking 100 photos!
I saw some amazing scenery, a lot of loose dogs on the hunt, some wildlife, and nary a car.
I am only inputting 1/2 throttle during break in and staying between 3000 and 5000 RPMs. This bike is not going to win any races so you don't want to pull out while you see a car and forget you are not on your sport bike.
When you ride it within the performance envelope it was designed for, the bike is happy and you are having fun.
The vibrations just aren't there with this engine and staying at 1/2 throttle. Some say you can feel vibration or pulses on hard throttle but I will find out in a few hundred miles.
The handling is fantastic on road and the light stuff I put it through. The bike feels lighter than it is because the CG is low.
The side stand feels a little long if you are not on a level surface. I could see how a laden bike might be a problem and you would have to make sure and adjust the preload to compensate.
The fuel range so far is incredible. Running around at 1/2 throttle and speeds between 30 and 50 mph I calculated 85 mpg! I don't think my KLX250 got that kind of mileage.
- [li]When you turn the bike on in gear with the clutch lever pulled in and the side stand up the neutral light will be on until the bike is running.[/li]
[li]The fuel tank wraps around the frame and when you open the fuel cap it sure looks shallow to where I put the nozzle in at an angle to avoid splash back or scratching the tank.[/li]
[li]The electronic compass built into the dash is right some of the time. I rely on the sun and time of day to know what direction I am going, but they should have put in a temp gauge or USB outlet instead of the compass[/li]
[li]I had to drill my own holes for the licence plate. The holes provided were too wide for my Tennessee plate.[/li]
Standing up on the pegs was very comfortable and made the looser gravel a breeze to ride on.
When you start to look this bike over closely and carefully you wonder how they can build this and provide what they provide for the price. It comes standard with everything you see in the photos (minus the soft bag) and you can get some RE accessories like engine guards ~$100, Pannier Racks ~100, RE Aluminum Panniers ~$600. It already has the skid plate, center stand, oil cooler, etc.
The exhaust looks like aftermarket exhaust. Sounds nice too.
Both the insurance lady and me were amazed at full coverage insurance for $25 for the next 11 months!