New Purchase: 18í Star Venture TC
New to the blog; previous ride 06í FLHXI (Street Glide) w/ King Tour PAC, Tour Seat, w/ tons of bolt on perf. parts & bolt on goodies. Just purchased a new 18í (0 mile) Granite Gray SVTC. Got a Sweet Deal, $19,999 from Adam @ Burleson Powersports in Burleson,TX. Rode it 100 miles after purchase to scuff tires & do a soft break-in for the 500+ miles ride home the next day! It was a good ride, overcast most of the way till I got to W Texas & SE NM then it got hot. What I enjoyed about the SVTC was itís smooth engine, nice rumble exhaust, adj windshield, awesome mirror placement & many electronic features Iíve yet to master. Bike was comfortable w/ nicely laid out controls. I missed my back rest, heel shifter & hi-way pegs (will have to remedy these). The heat on my left thigh was a little uncomfortable (will have to find heat shield, like I did for my H-D) itís an air cooled V Twin thing. The adj. air vents are really nice & functional, when closed provide a nice buffer free zone & when fully open blast you with too much air & anywhere in between. I was riding 85 mph (2750 rpm) most of the way & achieved 40+ mpg. The low red line takes some getting use to, I bumped the gov. several times when running thru the gears. I got a lot of positive comments every time I stopped (mainly for the styling features) & thumbs up on the street & hi-way. Took my wife to lunch the next day and she likes the bike, noting that it needs arm rests & the seat back wasnít very supportive. She liked the seating & floor board positions, the passenger storage for cell phone & other small necessities. Luggage capacity seems larger to me (will let you know when I transfer everything over) than the H-D King Tour PAC & saddle bags. Looking at aftermarket accessories, thereís not a lot out there, mainly a few manufactures parts (will have to adapt universal parts, I guess).
Looking forward to providing future post as I unpeel the many features of the bike!
I can honestly say Iím a converted V Twin owner, Yamaha put lots of thought into its design & it shows!