I took the bike out for my first ride ever, yesterday. Spent a good 2 hours riding around the neighborhood (all 25 mph zones, no traffic lights, almost no traffic). Got used to the clutch take off, shifting and turning. Turning was the hardest part to get used to, but I eventually got it down (both from a stop and slowing to turn off to another street). I took little/light traffic streets (35phm streets with traffic lights) around my area once I got comfortable enough (to use the turn signals and all of that) for another 2 hours.
Took the bike around town today for about 4 hours with a rider friend. Definitely got more comfortable riding in traffic. Downshifting in traffic is almost second nature ( I don't have to really think about it). Also got to see how my friend, who road in front of me, handles himself around other cars. It was a good day. Went to the cycle shop and picked up a riders backpack and some full ankle boots, too.
Also had my first close call. A car in front of me was tailgating another car. The car ahead had stopped short and the tailgater slammed on his breaks (smoke every where) and the car started to spin. He stopped a few inches from hitting the other car. Meanwhile I was right behind them. Oh shit! I pulled in the clutch and downshifted while breaking hard and maneuvering to the left of the car in case I had to squeeze by. I stopped just short of the car side.
Edit: Also wanted to say, I love the way this bike handles. And it's plenty fast. Waaaaaay faster than I thought it was going to be. I'm very happy with this bike.
Last edited by ninjaryda; 12-16-2012 at 08:05 PM.