New Bike - First FZ-10 Experience
Well, I decided to sell two bikes with the hopes of replacing them with one, a brand new 2017 FZ-10. The previous were, 02 Honda CBR 954RR & 09 Yamaha Raider S. Both are outstanding, and reliable motorcycles for the specific jobs that they were intended for. The CBR 954RR was specifically used for the fun factor. It is an impressive piece of machinery. There's plenty of power, and it's super easy to shred corners with. The Raider S was primarily used for travel purposes. Although it is a typical V-Twin, it still had over 100 ft-lbs of torque and was very reliable and stable for the week long road tours.
Although my passion lied with the 954RR, it became quite evident that my 50 year old body just isn't up to the task of riding over 150 miles per day. And although the Raider S is such a great bike, I just lost interest in it. Only rode it maybe twice per year.
Enter the FZ-10. It peaked my interest one week ago. After riding 200 miles on the 954RR last Saturday, I knew there just had to be a better option when it came to performance AND comfort.
Yesterday morning I sold the 954RR, and yesterday afternoon I traded in the Raider S.
When I walked into Mancuso Powersports in here in Houston, they had my new ride sitting right in the big isle as you enter their rather large showroom. It had a nice little sign on the seat saying, "Do not sit. This motorcycle is sold." It was the first bike people would see as they entered the building. What a beautiful sight to see.
After about 30 minutes, all of the paperwork was signed and I was ready to load her up on my Kendon one rail trailer for the haul home (50 miles away).
As I straddled her for the first start-up, she felt just right. The pegs were lower than the CBR, and the bars were higher. Almost cozy compared to my previous love. And then, I hit the start button. First thought, "HOLY CRAP, this thing sounds like a stinking sewing machine! Gotta change that!" I rode it over to the trailer and loaded her up.
After unloading her, I was able to ride her a few times around the neighborhood. Man this thing is jerky! The motor seemed a little tight. Considering that it had less than 2 miles on it, I'm hoping that the throttle smooths itself out once the bike is properly broken in. The dealership said that I shouldn't exceed 3000 rpm at any point before the first 300 miles. OMG!!! That's like telling a drug addict that he can't take a hit while in a crack house! It's just not right!
All being said and done, I'm super excited about my new steed. Aftermarket accessories, here I come!!!
Last edited by 07midnite; 03-11-2018 at 03:19 PM.