My first ride ever!!!
Yay! Just logged my first 14 miles on the bike, just cruising around my neighborhood. What a blast! I stalled a lot, and forgot to cancel my turn signals, but otherwise all went very well. I like my bike (1999 vstar 650 classic)! It's easy to ride and it's running smoothly now that it's had a tuneup. It backfired only when I downshifted while revving the throttle - which I have figured out is a no no. If my hand is off the throttle while down shifting it purrs like a kitten. Still loud though yeeeee!!
I made it up through fourth gear, top speed about 35 mph.
Question -- do air-cooled engines mind if we ride around on them for hours and hours at very low (under 20 mph) speeds? Or will they get too hot?