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post #1 of 10 Old 03-15-2016, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Finally picked it up

Finally bit the bullet & went over to the dealer & got her outta storage




It should have a been a fun ride ride but wasn't. It was cold & windy, but no rain .....fortunately. Even in the wind & had to keep an eye on the speedo lest it creep upward. Speed limit is 60 but a couple of times it was sneaking north of 70. The biggest problem was the shifter. I still haven't got the hang of it. I haven't driven a manual shift bike in over 30 years. Couldn't remember if I pushed down to shift up or pulled up to shift down or vice versa. Stopping & starting over wasn't much help as neutral was as elusive as a winning lotto ticket. Without a gear indicator I had to guess. I also miss the tach. I was going to wear my half helmet, but but with the wind and cold I opted for my shark modular. I have a hard time wearing that with my hearing aids so I took them out and with a full head covering and the wind noise I couldn't hear the sound of the motor. If it wasn't for the warranty I would put that fuel pack on and get back my gear indicator and tach. As far as the bike goes I'm fairly impressed. It seems to be well built, more than enough power for my needs, and fairly comfortable. All the negatives I have been dealing with will probably be worked out with a little experience on my part.
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Congrats on the bike!
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Ditto on the shifting, I am in the same boat. Picked up mine last Friday, stalled leaving the dealer. I'm sure the Harley crew got a good laugh at my expense. But what the heck, my last shift bike was a Nighthawk 40 which I sold in 1984.
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Ditto on the shifting, I am in the same boat. Picked up mine last Friday, stalled leaving the dealer. I'm sure the Harley crew got a good laugh at my expense. But what the heck, my last shift bike was a Nighthawk 40 which I sold in 1984.
I feel your pain.The last shift bike I had was a 1973 CB350 Honda. The first & the last shifter till the 750. Getting laughed at is recoverable, try stalling when making a turn from stop. Even from pointing straight it comes to a very abrupt stop. A heavier bike I might have dropped, but I managed to stay upright. Another thing I've noticed is how snappy it is. As I'm accelerating it seems like it just kicked the nitrous in. This bike is going to take a little getting used to. But you're an old pro.....you have 4 more days in than I do
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The shifting problem doesn't last long. LOL You are allowed to park it in the living room now and you can tell anyone that might object that I gave you permission.



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Synthetic oil makes it shift easier
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CorkyF you have a ton of fun ahead of you. Once the basics of the gear changing are mastered, you will not be able to measure the smile on your dial.
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Congrats!! Yeah just give it some time you will be popping wheelies soon.
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coming from a V-Rod, the shifting is similar, all the way down is 1st then N then 2nd and so on.

however, on my honda 125, i have to push down on the shifter peg to go up in gears. essentially making N feel at the top of the shift pattern
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Put on some louder pipes. Then you can hear the engine and know when to shift. Works for me! Lol
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