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Hi Gang,

My red Icon arrived yesterday! I had my dealer install a Termi Sport exhaust with the baffle removed. Btw, my dealer (Motor Cycle Center in Villa Park, IL USA) is quite exceptional. I met the entire team during pickup day and they really bent over backwards to make me comfortable AFTER the sale was made.

My first 30 miles was exciting and full of "firsts". I am a former Harley guy, so this is my first non-American road bike in many, many years. This is also my first bike with ABS brakes. Lastly, this is the first time I've worn a helmet on the road (spare me the lectures).

I experienced zero false neutrals, I thought the suspension was just fine (again, I'm used to a pretty rough ride) but agree that the seat was a little hard. The controls were very comfortable and simple to operate. I thought the handling was exceptional -- especially for a "up position" ride. The brake performance was confidence inspiring both on the highway and in heavy, city traffic.

I smiled the way ride! Looking forward to more rides this weekend!!

-m
 

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I purchased her spontaneously beginning of March, could take the red one right out of the show room after a yellow test ride. That´s 8 weeks now. Could not help it, had to go for a ride every day. Afraid I am kind of an addictive person :). Since I live in the mountains and I am commuting appr. 50 mi every day it sums up quickly,plus I am good at finding excuses for silly trips. Still smiling! First I wanted to exchange the bars for a better looking FT, now I love the relaxed seating position so much I will just stick with stock. I also don´t understand all the complaints about the suspension, for me it´s just sporty perfect. Only thing I am seriously considering is a louder pipe, safety first :)
 

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Hi Gang,

My red Icon arrived yesterday! I had my dealer install a Termi Sport exhaust with the baffle removed. Btw, my dealer (Motor Cycle Center in Villa Park, IL USA) is quite exceptional. I met the entire team during pickup day and they really bent over backwards to make me comfortable AFTER the sale was made.

My first 30 miles was exciting and full of "firsts". I am a former Harley guy, so this is my first non-American road bike in many, many years. This is also my first bike with ABS brakes. Lastly, this is the first time I've worn a helmet on the road (spare me the lectures).

I experienced zero false neutrals, I thought the suspension was just fine (again, I'm used to a pretty rough ride) but agree that the seat was a little hard. The controls were very comfortable and simple to operate. I thought the handling was exceptional -- especially for a "up position" ride. The brake performance was confidence inspiring both on the highway and in heavy, city traffic.

I smiled the way ride! Looking forward to more rides this weekend!!

-m
Congrats. Glad to hear your Dealer is treating you well, it's kinda important.;)

I was a little worried about having to wear a helmet as well but I don't even notice it now unless I'm going 70+ and the wind is trying to rip it off my head.

I sometimes catch myself smiling at intersections and quickly remove it so I don't look like a grinning fool. Maybe it's time for a full face helmet.
 

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Thanks gang! @ralph I have a full face multi-sport (Arai XD4) and love it. very comfortable helmet, loaded with awesome features. I actually prefer it (neck muscle strain in the wind notwithstanding). This Icon was built for me. I'm 5'8" and 195lbs, which for me is a perfect fit. I have zero complaints thus far.
@JWA I'll record some good exhaust clips early this week. You'll love the barking of this performance slip-on. Snappy and low to mid level throat. Not obnoxious.

As a former Harley rider, I noticed that I had to keep my feet back on take-off and in general. Not humping a monkey on the Scrambler -- in a much more natural riding position that really gives you excellent control of the Scrambler. Tires were butter by 50th mile.

I cannot emphasis enough how f**king fun it is to ride this bike.

-chilira
 

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@JWA we do need to connect for a ride. This Spring I'm bombed at work/family/school (not necessarily in that order) but would definitely look forward to some Summer rides. Earlier today, I rode from Chicago's Northwest side, up to Evanston, back down to Chicago via Sheridan/Lakeshore Drive). It was pretty cool.

-m
 
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