I did it...it's here....first ride!!!
My 300 was delivered. My first motorcycle! How exciting! I was so pleased that I had it delivered to my home, so as a complete beginner (only the MFS course) I can ride on my local 25 mph streets to gain some confidence and experience. I rode 80 miles yesterday! I spent about 30 minutes riding my local streets, and I could feel my learning curve changing with every minute. Then I went on some country roads and got the bike up to 50mph! What fun!
1) The bike vibrates more than I thought. Not ever having had a motorcycle before, I have no frame of reference how much a bike should vibrate. But my 'imagination' figured it would be less. People here have posted the 300 vibrates "Between X-mph and Y-mph" But my bike seems to vibrate all the time. Now I realize, I'm sitting on a motor. I figure it is what it is. I was using thin leather gloves (think British race car gloves), and there were times my hands got a little numb. So it's time for me to get thicker motorcycle gloves.
2) There were times the bike wouldn't shift into 1st gear!! I would count down from what ever gear I'm in (2 or higher) and when I get to 2, and want to get into 1st...it won't let me. I'm pushing pretty hard at times. I never stomped on the shifter. I did find out that if I roll just a few inches forward or backwards, that took care of most of the problems. But there were a few times it simply wouldn't shift. One particular time, I was at a stop sign...heading uphill. I stalled the bike three times in a row trying to accelerate from a stop, going slightly uphill. Then I realized I was only in 2nd gear. Then the last time, I'm around the corner from my house. I had to push the bike off to the side of the road, and continue to play with the gear box trying to get it into 1st. I sure hope this works itself out. I will say, it doesn't happen when the bike is moving. And I really dig how the green neutral "N" light will flash when shifting from 2nd to 1st. So it lets you know you're in 1st.
My butt's a little sore from the riding, but I will ride more today. Oh...the 80 miles yesterday...was in almost 90 degree temps, and I still had full gear on.