The rain stopped today and I was able to get out and ride. Finally! I've managed to put in about 500 miles since I bought the bike last week. Not a lot at all, but enough to get some initial impressions. Would love to hear comments, especially on the things I don't like and those where the jury is still out. Most of these opinions are a comparison of my last bike, an ST1300.
1. Inline four - smooth, quick, responsive.
2. Steering - agile, responsive, and decent feedback.
3. Brakes - stopping power! And good riddance to the linked brakes.
4. Suspension - at 170 lbs. it works fine but curious to test the adjustments
5. Ride posture - it just fits me perfectly
6. Cluster - visible, usable, intuitive, works great - nice to have analog back
1. Mirrors - fail at form and function. The right one is particularly useless.
Jury is out:
1. Seat - the stock seat on the ST13 was bad and this one seems to be about the same. Too squishy. Monkey butt sets in after about 100 miles and I was squeezing my cheeks and lifting with legs to relieve the pressure points.
2. Exhaust - after the ST13 (which sounds like a horny sewing machine), this has a nice, but subdued, sound. The sound clips on the site of the Satos are a tease - really tempting to get a set.
3. Tires - the Battlaxes are OK but I was spoiled by the Metz Z6's I had previously.
I had a blast today.
What a fun bike. Quick, light responsive. It is everything I wanted that the ST didn't give me. You just point it and it keeps the line waiting for the next command input.
Did have a really close call though. Coming home past a horse farm and one had escaped. He darted right in front of me from behind some trees - maybe missing me by 10 feet - he saw the bike and turned on his heels. By that time I had stopped waiting for him to pass, but was a little bothered that I couldn't see behind me well enough to know if I was going to get rear-ended and avoid if needed. Sure was nice to have such awesome stopping power. And glad that I practice quick stops a couple times a year!