Voted most helpful review
Santa Barbara, California
Reviewed on January 9, 2007
The first weekend I had the bike, I went on a 200 mile ride in the twisty wine country roads between Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. I scraped my boot a half-dozen times. My rear tire came briefly unstuck once due to sand on the road. We took the 101 back and I touched 130 (with power in reserve) just to see h...
The first weekend I had the bike, I went on a 200 mile ride in the twisty wine country roads between Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. I scraped my boot a half-dozen times. My rear tire came briefly unstuck once due to sand on the road. We took the 101 back and I touched 130 (with power in reserve) just to see how it opened up. The part that got me the most, however, was my ability to stand up and walk around after the ride. The ergonomics are great for longer rides. My previous bike was an SV650S, and while it was a lot of fun, I couldn't walk after a 3 hour ride. I just find the level of fatigue I have with this bike to be substantially less. In terms of stability, this bike is fantastic. I recently was on the freeway doing about 80 with the rest of traffic. I was in the fast lane and a truck in the lane next to me had a mattress blow out of the back. I started to swerve around it, but the wind blew it across my planned path. So I goosed it to take some weight off the front and hit the mattress straight on. It folded up a little, like a taco, and caught my boot, but the bike pulled me through with no loss of control (yeah, I'm extremely lucky). I've had the bike in the heat this summer during the freak heat wave, when sitting at an intersection meant sitting in 90 degree heat. The airflow on the bike is great when it's moving. Sitting at an intersection, you start to notice a bit of the engine heat after a minute. Now that the weather is cold and wet, I sometimes wish that I had a hotter bike. Guess that's what gear is for. I've done a couple hundred miles of 2up riding. My passenger is 5'2' (though I've ridden with taller passengers as well, up to 6'2' when I had to pick up a buddy from the train station). The bike handles nicely with a passenger, though I haven't done anything too adventurous. My typical ride is the 12 miles between my girlfriend's house and mine, mostly on the freeway. The adjustable windscreen is nice. I can ride at 80 all day without earplugs with it up. That wasn't something I expected. I'm currently getting almost 40 miles per gallon. Oh, and my instantaneous miles per gallon readout doesn't work at all. I'll have it checked next time I bring it in, but it is odd that the cumulative mpg works. Very happy with this bike.