We just got back from dropping our 08 Wing off for consignment and picking up our new SVTC. It was a 750-mile return trip with 600 miles being made today, with about 50 of those in heavy, heavy rain. I noticed the sound system is far better than the Wing. The weather protection was about the same. I did think the seat needed breaking in but it wasn't too bad. My main concern with this bike was the engine. After 750 miles...it still is. I'm hoping I will get used to the lugging and pulsating of the engine. Power and performance were good for a touring bike. I did not notice much "extra" heat in the cockpit however the back of my left leg cooked, even at 70 on the interstate. Maybe when the motor breaks in it will reduce that. Electronics were great. I have not figured them all out yet but once I learn how to turn the radio off I'll be good! The GPS was fine except I could not hear it at 70 MPH with it turned up to 7/7.
My wife rode with me up and back. She was emotionally attached to our Wing. I had 126K with her on the back for a lot of those miles. She actually cried when we left it. My wife is 5'1" and 100 LB. She could not reach the floorboards so the back of her legs rested on the front of the saddlebags. Her feet pretty much dangled, which resulted in her feet swelling before we got home. I raised the floorboards already but not sure if they will be high enough for her. Plus she missed her armrests...Momma aint happy!
First I need to make her happy. Anyone know of any highway pegs and/or armrests for the passenger? I will then get some highway pegs and a backrest for me.
I realize the Wing was 9 years old and we had made it to fit us and I believe we will be able to do the same with the Yamaha. We were both pleased with the heated seats/grips.
It sure is one good looking machine, even wet.
Shout out to Allsports Powersports in Decatur, Alabama. The absolute best buying experience I have ever had.
Hey Bucfan, CONGRATS! Sorry your inaugural trip was fraught with rain.
Couple things here that I’ve noticed in my 11,000 miles of ownership.
1. The bike DOES cool down after you get some mileage on her. I think it’s just wear in friction causing some of the extra heat. Will still feel “some” heat, yes. It’s an air cooled motor, but after many miles the only time I really feel it is stop n go traffic in warm temperatures.
2. Regarding “armrests”, I have contacted Kuryakyn personally and asked them about plans for items for the SVTC. They are waiting to see how the Venture does before jumping in. Remember it’s a first year release. Just an FYI, I got the same thing when I contacted Vance & Hines and Cobra. There are places that are slowly coming out with items for the SVTC but not armrests as of yet. That being said, Kuryakyn DOES have rider pegs/boards that will fit the SVTC. Because of how low the frame bar is (by the fog lights) you’ll need to use the “Longhorn” bars and a 1” clamp. The actual peg or board style is your choice.
3. Regarding the “engine pulse”... well you got 2 cylinders about the size of a coffee can surging. And even though it has dual counter balancers, you are going to “feel the engine”. It’s part of the V-Twin feel, but it’s very smooth in comparison to any other V-Twin out there.
4. I have the Yamaha “Tall” backrest and it works fine for me (I’m 6’-3”). I know you’ve heard of Ultimate seats, well they are making a backrest for the SVTC that hits you mid back and is designed for the stock seat.
5. Regarding “volume” issues. There are a few volume adjustments that work together although independently adjusted.
First off, you NEED the headsets if you don’t have them.
While you can set the NAV volume at 7, there is another setting for your headset volume (not the master) where you can tailor what you want. THEN once you have that set, the MASTER volume control (handlebars) will raise/lower or mute ALL together. ALSO, there is a “background noise” compensation adjustment. You can set low, med, high. This setting will raise the volume level accordingly as you ride to compensate for engine/wind noise.
The radio does not have an “OFF”. It will come on what you have selected each time you start up. The only way I’ve found to completely turn it off is to “de-select” it.
You can select what item you want to hear and WHERE, whether in helmet, external speaker, BOTH or none. That also applies to EACH audio source for both rider and passenger. One can listen to NAV and the other doesn’t have to, or same with CB, etc..
My best advice is to spend some time reading the 118 page instruction manual on the Infotainment system.
I hope that helps. Any questions and there are a few of us who have many miles that can answer any questions you may have.
Again, CONGRATS on the new bike!