Originally Posted by repoman0
Took the bike out for the first time today! I intended to find an empty parking lot to practice more in after the MSF course but my friend and I just rode up and down a mile or so long empty road a few times. Then I had to get gas so traffic was inevitable and we rode up the NH coast a bit, by then I felt comfortable enough to ride anywhere around here (except highway). Having to learn in the city would probably suck.
Anyway. Plenty of power but quite manageable. I was pretty smooth on the throttle all 4-5 hours today, even over bumps so that definitely helped. I'm pretty surprised how smooth my transition from MSF course on a small dirt bike to roads on a relatively powerful 650cc bike was. Helps being in New Hampshire.
Oh and the pronounced engine breaking mentioned earlier in the thread is awesome - hardly ever had to touch the brakes since I was taking it easy. Just roll off throttle and downshift to slow down.
Just as an FYI, if there are cars behind you, still tap the brakes. Give them a heads up that you are slowing down. Good way to get hit from behind.
Iraq has been like breaking a lamp in Pottery Barn. You break it, you buy it. Except you have to glue it back together. And you can never leave the store. Oh, and did I mention it was an exploding lamp?