Originally posted by Smitty
Find a rider with 10 or more yrs riding experience & you will see his ways are so different to beginners for his main concern is RIDING.
You spoke some truth there, Smitty.
It is funny how so much of the desire to "individualize" a bike results in conformity. At a sportbike gathering, my bike is the one that's different because it's sooo stock appearing. Every factory sticker intact, even have the big mudflap of the early '90's rides, totally intact.
I've had some ask me why I don't take the dremel to it but they are all of the same ones who would rather be behind me on a wet road.
And when I put on my turn signals, you can see them and recognize my intention to turn. It doesn't look like a malfuntioning tailight or a lightning bug hitching a ride.
The only mods are to the front end, where I had to make a spacer to get the sag right and raised the fork oil level to stop bottoming on hard braking, and shimmed the needles to smooth out the mid-range.
As far as straddling the bike gassing it up, I wouldn't do it. It's not an absolute thing but mistakes can be made and a crotchful of gasoline isn't a pleasant thing. It will burn like crazy for a few days afterwards and if the worst happens, like something lights up, I'd rather be on the ground, feet ready to do their thing.
Good luck with the bike. They're pretty sweet rides.