I made my first 'out of the neighborhood' trip today. 16 miles for the round trip. Was nervous! I had my step dad and mom follow me in his silverado, because there was this hill I was concerned about if I would make it up. I have to go to work this way tomorrow and I was planning on taking the scooter for the first time. Going to work its downhill, from work its uphill. So they followed me. The roads consisted of 25 and 35 mph areas. The 25's were in the city parts and 35 on this pretty decent length straight to the next city area which then leads to the mall (work). This is the first time I really felt the potential of the engine. I was in the right lane behind a car going about 35mph, with a good amount of length between me and them. All of a sudden they slammed on their brakes and about 2 seconds -later- put their turn signal on for a turn they almost missed. People like that need to be eaten. But anyways, the front brake grabbed hard but I must say it felt very stable. Not even a hint of lock-up. I got back on the gas after they turned and with a burst of adrenaline, opened it up to about 80% of the throttle (still in break-in period). There was a car passing me at 35 in the left lane, and within what felt like 2 seconds I up and passed them at over 40ish. The power felt instantaneous, and smooth as can be. The engine just purred in its high-rpm growl. Was all just very... nice. On the way to 'the hill' was a couple red lights, one of which I was first in the right, and a red explorer rolled up next to me and asked how fast it goes, I said 70 almost in an embarrassed tone, and he went whoa! (I think he thought I said 170!) and then asked what kind it is I said SunL. Flashed me a peace sign and then the light turned green and I took off (I honestly cant say I was trying to). These things just have great off the line acceleration. Feel easily confident in beating a car from a start til at least 25mph. It just feels like one whole fluid motion. We got to the hill, went down it. Turned around and then got stuck at the light right before it, so I didn't have any help from my friend momentum. Turned green, and I started to accelerate (was behind a couple cars). The hill started to incline, no difference yet. Then it started to incline quite a bit and within a couple seconds was at the max. incline of it. I started to notice the cars in front of me getting away, so I gave it a little more throttle. And then.................... that was it!. I had plenty of power to spare going up and easily kept up with everyone. Don't know why I ever worried. On the way back on the lengthy straight I decided to stick in the left lane and follow this later model camaro, as he was passing everyone else at about 40, and I decided to get in his 'flow'. Before I knew it I looked down and my speedo was a click over 50! It took zero effort. But that pesky .. oh what's the word... -brain- :-p, part of me told me to slow down, not only for safety on my first long trip, and less than a week of riding a scooter!, but for the mere fact I'm still in the break-in period. So I slowed and got behind a car in the right. Later in the day I went and practiced my slow and high (well not that high) speed turning in a empty parking lot and around our neighborhood. It is not the same as riding a bicycle, this will probably be the hardest part when riding a scoot for the first time. Figuring out the correct percentage of body lean and steering movement you need to do. My tip to first timers, don't be afraid to lean your body. If you don't you will find you will be turning way to wide by merely using just the steering, and find yourself braking during the turn not to hit the curb! After a couple hours of just turn practicing (and I'm not saying those were bad hours! :-) ) I can now turn much more sharply and confidently. After a while how much to lean for a turn will just become natural to you. But in general, in slow speed turning you will turn your handle bars more and in a more moderate speed of turning you will need to use your body weight more-so than the handle bars. Now the only exception is when you are starting from a stop and taking a turn following your acceleration (like onto another street), due to the weight transfer coming from the accelerating engine/bike, you will need to put some lean into the turn so you don't overshoot it. I went to put gas in today after noticing I was riding on E(!) I Have been riding merely on just the little bit of gas I put in during assembly, so I stopped at the gas station and hit 93 and began filling. Before I started filling I put my key in the ignition and switched it to on (didn't start it of course) so I could watch the gas gage (the gas gage is electronic, when you put the key to on, it will shoot up and show the actual fuel level). The needle drops to E when the key is out. After hitting just above the 3$ mark on the machine I had a full tank! I thought it was off so I tilted the bike straight up off its kick stand and it barely moved lower. Impressive! It cost me all of 3 bucks and some change to fill the tank. Once again... 'nice'. As previously said, I am just having a blast with this scooter. And the comments I've been getting are nice too! So far today I've gotten "nice ride", "sweet bike", "I like you wheels dude" and my favorite "whaaaaaaaaoooooo!" from a screaming passer by! lol! No joke! Have fun guys. ttyl.
edit: Also, I wanted to point out , the seat is extremely comfortable! I cant tell its not leather (its called "poly-ureathane" I believe in the desc., and the cushioning is superb.