Thanks for the feedback. I already join the COG group. Lots of very helpful information. And a lot of C14 riders in my area.
You're right. It was an impulse buy but not an impulse decision. I wanted the bike as my first ride two years ago but too many people told me to go much smaller until I'm ready.
Although two years is not a long time and not enough to say that I've got the experience I think that my age (44 yes old) helps me a lot. I see too many 22 year olds just twisting the throttle and doing too many dumb ass moves. I din't ride with them anymore. And we can spot them quickly. They're the ones only wearing the helmet and gloves with their girlfriends in the backseat only wearing a tank top, shorts and sneakers.
I won't encourage my son to have a bike before he's got at least five years of car experience. There's bike experience and there's general road rules that we should also abide by for our own safety and for the safety of the people around us.
So SS bikes were definitely out of. My picture. Although this is as close as it gets. Cruisers are not my style. I tried the smaller tourer like the GSX and the ride wasn't comfortable enough for a real tour doubled up. And finally bigger engine doesn't mean faster than light speeds. As long as the throttle control and clutch manoeuvres are there then bigger means smoother and more comfortable as well.
I was accustomed to throttling and clutching for my slow speed manoeuvred but I'm going to give the back breaks technique a try. Thanks for the tip.
It's going to be a great summer. Now I need to convince my wife to trust me for a small weekend hop from Mtl to NYC. If we do that well then she'll come around to some of the longer rides
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