I recently bought a 2006 model and I have owned it now for a few weeks. So far I've been using it for my 25 mile a day commute. I couldn't be happier with the way it performs in traffic. The CVT transmission is very fluid and has no issues with pickup speed. I've been pretty easy on it while it is still i...
I recently bought a 2006 model and I have owned it now for a few weeks. So far I've been using it for my 25 mile a day commute. I couldn't be happier with the way it performs in traffic. The CVT transmission is very fluid and has no issues with pickup speed. I've been pretty easy on it while it is still in the break in period and mostly keeping it under 45. My wife likes to ride with me and finds it quite comfortable. Today we rode for about 5 hours with only two short breaks cruising around the countryside. The engine, while no sport bike, was able to move both of us along just fine on it without ever seeming to lack for power. I did quite a bit of research on this before I bought it so I think I'll try to fill in some of the blanks I wasn't sure of from the reviews that you can find online. 1st off, the bike has room for 1 full face helmet in it's large under seat storage area. A second helmet must be secured to the sear using a supplied helmet lock. The trunk, although handy for snacks and water isn't really that big, however the added room is quite appreciated. It is not able to hold a helmet and had a curved ridge because of the suspension and rear tire. The LCD screen has very nice readability during the day, and is extremely great at night. It is colored red so that it does not take away from your night vision. It also has a built in Clock, Fuel trip, 2 additional trips, the standard Odometer, oil change reminder and v-belt change reminder. The mirrors are a bit small but are adequate; I don't think I'll change mine. There are two small vents under the windshield that shoot air out around you from between the LCD screen to either side, at higher speeds this keeps some bugs from making contact with my helmet, but not all. The windscreen does what it was intended, however not in the way that it is comfortable to the rider. At speeds 50 and under it rides like a dream and wind is not even an issue, at 55 and over you do start to feel increasing wind. I've got mine up to 70mph for a few moments just to see how it felt and wind buffering was high, nothing to throw you off balance but very noticeable. At the time I had my wife with me and it did not make for the most comfortable ride. I believe I'll buy a larger one but only install it when I'm going on a long trip, other than that it wouldn't really help out very much and I do like the looks of the bike the way they are. The last thing I would like to say about this scooter is the size of it. I don't know why but when you see photos of this bike the scale is all off. It is much larger than you think. Riding around, it's about 1ft to 1 1/2ft longer than most sport bikes and it's more on par with the length of most cruisers. Combined with the wide aft section (which I do like) and the low stance, I get more waives from bikers on Harleys and V stars. Half the time I don't even think they know what it is. So to wrap this up, for the money it has a lot of small touches that make it very nice to ride around on in traffic and on the larger roads. It's powerful enough for 2 on the hwy without fear of being ran over from behind and great on the gas (about 67mpg for my driving, I have high hopes after the break in at hitting 70). Cons would be the wind buffering with the stock windshield and moderate acceleration. Still much faster than most cars without trying, but far from keeping up with most motorcycles over 300cc. That and it does resemble a snowmobile from the front.