Finally got a good, long ride in today. After a month with the V, here are my observations:
- I may have a faulty fuel level sensor. Topped off in Johnson City. About 15-20 mi later, I was showing one bar over half a tank. This alarmed me, as I thought maybe I had a leak and was dumping fuel. Pulled over to check it out, and nothing was leaking. Got back on, keeping an eye on the gauge. It suddenly jumped up to one bar under full, then back to showing a bit over half. Searching the forums seems to indicate this has happened to at least one other person. I'll keep an eye on it - it's still under extended warranty.
- While I initially liked the grip puppies, I think I'm going to dump them. With my winter gloves, the grips are simply too bulky for me to easily handle the controls by feel.
- The V behaves better being revved. Loping along at 4500 RPM, there is vibration in the bars which is bothersome. At 5000-5500 RPM or higher, that vibe goes away and the bike feels smoother. Not sure why that is. I'm considering options to replace the stock bar.
- Why does the only the left mirror lose its position? I never have to adjust the right.
- I need to revise my windshield and helmet combination. I like my Nolan N103 for riding the scooter, but on the V, it's just too damned noisy. Even with earplugs, the wind noise is deafening. I'm also getting some buffeting off the Mike's shield. I'm going to switch to a MadStad and maybe an MRA or Givi screen at some point and see if I can find a sweet spot. And I'm going to break down and get an Arai. It's what I used to ride in, and what I always swore by. I'll keep the Nolan for the scooter.
- Had to ride a low-water crossing (near Pedernales state park) and although the rear got a little squirrelly, it was easy to control. Quite confidence-inspiring.
- Considering heavier fork oil and maybe making some adjustments to the rear. I believe I'm lighter than the previous owner, and I feel like the rear could use some stiffening up. Is there anyone in Austin who is knowledgeable about suspension setup?