So I took her out to make friends today. 230 miles round trip going from gentle rolling hills, stop and go urban, and hugging the Chesapeake Bay coast. Coming from a Ninja 250, this was an experience!
She has the mid placement controls. I love that! Such a relaxed position for me. But the ride was easy. I mean, the bike wanted to cruise down the roads. Wanted to lean in the sweeping curves. She made it easy to trust her. I hope somebody gets that because that's about the best way I can describe it.
Because I'm me and it's a cruiser, there's a couple things that'll get tweaked sometime between now and eventually. I love the shape of the seat. But it needs to scoot back just a touch, and make friends with some sort of padding. However, I was riding for about an hour and a half at a time. Honestly, it was that short because after that long, I needed a cigarette. And highway bars with pegs. Not needed at all, but would be nice to move my feet around.
Sitting here looking at my windshield, my stupidly big cop looking windshield, I can't stand the sight of it. But from behind it, I love it. Blocks the right amount of wind letting enough in to be pleasant. So sometime closer to eventually I'll see if anything can do s good a job but doesn't look, well, yeah.
The stock exhaust sucks monkey butt. Let's say a bit more refined and polite than one would expect. On the other hand, when I start commuting on her, it'll be 5:45am. So, in the name of neighborly consideration, I'll find a way to make peace with it.
So, in the end it might be that I'm still new, but none of these nits need immediate picking. This seems like it'll do anything I want a motorcycle to do. And she seems to be a good fit for my riding style. I'm sure as I get to know her and what she is capable of, and possibly a little help here, we'll both get better with each other.
Oh. As an aside, I'll never ride another bike without saddle bags. A couple bottles from Mrs. Rookie's favorite vineyard (if you ever get the chance, Virginia wine country offers some gorgeous rides) goes a long way in stealing Saturday afternoon rides here and there. Oh, and a handy place to hold rain gear and the gallon of milk on the way home.