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Old 08-08-2012, 10:32 AM   #1
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Question new bike advice..first 100 miles

MH,

Ok, I am picking my my new Moto Guzzi V7R Friday at noon. Basic common sense safety thoughts on a new bike include:

-easy on braking since tires are new and so are brakes
-same on corners, smooth is the mantra
-be more aware of bike handling character since it is very different than the Ninja
-a brand new clutch, engine and transmission suggest tightness: easy on it, but vary the gears and RPMs a lot the first 600 miles
-watch oil level: the Guzzi forums all warn about these bikes using oil until they break-in
-set the mirrors, and really watch my 360 as visibility will be different
-overall bike performance is going from Ninja low torque at low rpms to high torque at low rpms and half the red line: adjust my shifting style
-bars are pretty similar--but counter-steering will have a bit different feel
-fill the gas tank, set the odometer and avoid running out of gas like I did the first week with my Ninja (this bike has a low fuel level light)--and be sure it has enough gas to get home or to a gas station before leaving the dealer

What am I missing here friends? If it decides to rain I will scrub the Friday mission and make the exchange very early Saturday. I do not want to ride a brand new bike home in the rain.

Oh, and I need to learn how to post pictures to MH. I will have some to share this weekend....
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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Was going to say to post picture but it looks like you are already on it.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:17 AM   #3
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MH,

Ok, I am picking my my new Moto Guzzi V7R Friday at noon. Basic common sense safety thoughts on a new bike include:

-easy on braking since tires are new and so are brakes
-same on corners, smooth is the mantra
-be more aware of bike handling character since it is very different than the Ninja
-a brand new clutch, engine and transmission suggest tightness: easy on it, but vary the gears and RPMs a lot the first 600 miles
-watch oil level: the Guzzi forums all warn about these bikes using oil until they break-in
-set the mirrors, and really watch my 360 as visibility will be different
-overall bike performance is going from Ninja low torque at low rpms to high torque at low rpms and half the red line: adjust my shifting style
-bars are pretty similar--but counter-steering will have a bit different feel
-fill the gas tank, set the odometer and avoid running out of gas like I did the first week with my Ninja (this bike has a low fuel level light)--and be sure it has enough gas to get home or to a gas station before leaving the dealer

What am I missing here friends? If it decides to rain I will scrub the Friday mission and make the exchange very early Saturday. I do not want to ride a brand new bike home in the rain.

Oh, and I need to learn how to post pictures to MH. I will have some to share this weekend....
All this can be summed up in a few words.

Go easy on the bike, feel it out and enjoy the ride. Always inspect the basics on your bike before you ride, and use high quality gasoline if its available.

Congrads on your new ride lucydad! New bikes always feel great!
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