Did my first long weekend ride this weekend - around 300km in two legs - from my home in central Israel, up to the north of Israel (Akko), pit stop of lunch, and back via the coastal road (Israel is a tiny country). Northbound trip took about 2.5hr at a leisurely 95kph, and southbound trip took about 2hrs cruising on the highway at around 110kph.
Thanks to newly installed windscreen, there was no wind resistance at all, and only my rear end & back were sore after an hour of riding. I did a few takeovers on the highway at around 120kph without a hitch, and felt there was even more power to be had.
I had more than a few times when the bike refused to get into 1st from neutral. Annoying, but I guess such is the gearbox.
, my breaking method is similar, but I aim to reach full stop in 2nd, and downshift late, using the front break for most of the breaking, and engine intermittently as i downshift. When at full stop, I can easily find neutral from 2nd and avoid the potential gearbox bang going all the way down to 1st.
Sometimes i'll downshift, release the clutch just a little, so I can continue downshifting, while breaking with front breaks and a bit of rear breaks assist (so no engine breaking at all). I found this makes it easier to reach the neutral at full stop quickly if I have to downshift a few gears.