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So went for a test ride at metropolis in London this morning: 5-6 degree's at the time but clear, and rain had stopped. I myself am around 5'11, 155 pounds and normally ride a Sv650s.

First the positives:
* Excellent riding position, and felt no vibrations from the chassi, or in the pegs or bars.
* Seat was comfortable for me (but I also think the sv650s is perfectly fine)
* Front brake was a dream, and the ABS impressive (the back brake... well nothing special, and in my opinion doesn't have to be)
* Instrument panel was very slick and well lit in dark (comment regarding the rpm below)
* Steering was excellent, though the bars did feel slightly too wide for my liking, but didn't hinder me from controlling the bike
* Tyres were super impressive - really surprised me how good they felt
* The gearbox was very smooth (not as responsive as the SV), but just smooth and clutch feel was nice (had one false neutral, believe it was when going from 3 to 2)
* It felt comfortable at more or less any speed up to 65/70 mph. It was still fine at 70, but a lot of wind more me (and I'm used to an faired SV)

Neutrals:
* Suspension was alright for driving around in London and since I come from a stock suspension sv650s it didn't feel better or worse. However, on the SV it bellows and feels too soft at time, on the scrambler my jaw stuttered once or twice when I didn't notice some minor uneven parts of the road surface.
* Exhaust - it sounds alright, but not as throaty and nice as my SV (I got a slipon, and I think this one needs a change of pipes)

Negatives:
* Twitchy throttle below 3.5K - The SV is very smooth and took a while to get used to.
* Exhaust - it sounds alright, but not as throaty and nice as my SV (I got a slipon)
* the controls (for lights etc) looks extremely cheap, and flimsy (it might hold up, but looks like it would brake anytime)

Notes:
So I want to move from a sportier bike to a simpler one, because I spend 95% in London, and I'm hoping to ride a bit safer as the years move on. The shift from the SV to the the Scrambler is a minor one, except the riding position and for me how that makes you want to drive a bit more comfortable (enjoy the view), rather than speed and zig/zag. So at the end of the ride I was happy enough to take the plunge and get a bike. Metropolis also seemed to have sold loads of yellow once, but not many red, so there was a brand new one there with no name on it.

So I should be picking it up in 2 weeks (as I opted for 15th plates rather than 14th... otherwise it would be next week).
 

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Comment about the instrument panel:

The display is great, but unused to having the rpm ticking along at the bottom.
I got used to the rpm layout very quickly, but the main problem here is that as one sit's so high up, you don't really see the display too much, and definitely not the rpm.

I'm personally used to feeling/looking at the rpm (and knowing which gear i am in) rather than bother about the speed to much, so will have to get used to not seeing a needle flick up and down all the time. In fact it will probably make me drive more carefully than anything else.
 

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Nice review and seeing as I had a 2005 sv650s for 6 years appreciate the comparison. I have a red Icon coming for April at Metroplis Barnet. Was there yesterday but no red bike there so assume you went to the other branch. Congrats by the way :)

Loved the sound of my unbaffled slip on I had on the sv ... also sv seat was fine to me and did 650 miles in one day once with no ill effect... relief to hear its no different in comfort
 

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Comment about the instrument panel:

The display is great, but unused to having the rpm ticking along at the bottom.
I got used to the rpm layout very quickly, but the main problem here is that as one sit's so high up, you don't really see the display too much, and definitely not the rpm.

I'm personally used to feeling/looking at the rpm (and knowing which gear i am in) rather than bother about the speed to much, so will have to get used to not seeing a needle flick up and down all the time. In fact it will probably make me drive more carefully than anything else.
My feelings pretty similar. The rev counter is useless to me as digits very fine and too small for my eyes as I am long sighted but as I get used to where revs are I will be ok and I listen more than look. I like the speedo being simple and although its trick to almost have a smart phone for a dashboard nowadays there can be failings and too many complications to confuse the actual ride.


I have purchased the billet surround and bottom cup for mine. I never liked the grey background on my monster 1100 tbh, I didn't have the time to look into any abs functions or whatever little things you could do.
 
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