Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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First ride was great!
It wasn't raining when I started, but by the time I got to the corner, it started and pretty much came down steady for the rest of the ride.
The RC51 is a beast!. Extremely torquey with a tendency to want to just leap out ahead with very little throttle. Took a bit to get the feel of the clutch engagement point with respect to RPM; I think the clutch lever needs to be adjusted for my reach.
Sunday is a good time to find empty parking lots. After a few laps, I took it to a local elementary school and did some low speed drills. Found the best position to ride was right up against/over the tank, but the clip-ons appear to be too close in; my hands tended to keep hitting the sides of the tank.
Handling and stopping in the rain was pretty solid. Suspension was very stiff in the rear, but I suspect that is a combination of a lot of things, lest of which is my 170 lbs ass.
Took the bike up and around to a short expressway. Speed is deceptive; I didn't even get out of 2nd gear and I was already over 70 mph. Sneaks up on you.
Came back soaked with a big smile on my face. Looking forward for the next ride. In the meantime I have a few adjustments to make.
... looking forward to the next ride