1) As a newbie rider, it is a huge relief to be rid of that "mental redline" of 3000RPMs so I can concentrate on other areas of becoming a better rider. I feel myself getting smoother and more confident with every ride, that is a good feeling.
2) I suspected this bike would be quick, but DAMN!!! It grabs RPM's like crazy. The first time I let it rip in 2nd I thought I was ready...LOL...my left hand almost came off the bar when I hit third. Haven't done a thing to it either except the slip-ons. I can only imagine what those 100/100 hp/torque bikes some of you guys have are like...
3) Almost the same thing here, 4 months of drought waiting for the bike and then it rains for two weeks straight after it arrives. Finally had 4 clear days in a row, so I rode the hell out of it. Don't worry, MS, you'll get there.
'03 XL1200S White Pearl