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I brought my red Icon home yesterday from Wales on a trailer as the weather was too bad to ride it, so I took the time to look at it and read up the manual. Today was much better, and took it out for a ride round my local countryside. I was a bit wary of being on tiptoes as I'm still waiting for the low seat, and it took me a little while to get used to it's feel. I did have a brief episode of forgetfulness regarding the running in period and not going above certain revs on the local bypass - suffice to say anything above 70-80mph I have to hang on tight! :eek:. I then remembered I should be running it in and rode a little more sensibly ... :roll eyes:

Opinions so far!

I have seen that some people find it has a snatchy throttle at low speeds and others don't - personally I found that it is a little hard to keep smooth, no matter how careful I was, particularly if going over bumps. I did get used to it after a while but it could be smoother I feel. It was the same if not worse than my Guzzi which had a fly-by-wire throttle.

The throttle is quite sensitive and if you aren't careful it can bite - I shouldn't think it would be hard to do wheelies! (I didn't 0:) ), acceleration is pretty darn sharp.

As said above I did go a bit faster than I intended and really had to hang on tight, due to the wide bars you do catch the wind considerably. But at speeds 70mph or below it's fine. It tips into corners easily :)

The gearbox is positive and I didn't find any false neutrals.

The slightly knobbly tyres gave me a lot more confidence than my other bikes and I even ventured off road a bit, riding it through some wet mud which I would never have considered before!

I found the bars to be a bit too high for me as I am quite small, so I've rotated them back slightly and will see how it feels next trip out. It might save me the price of a new set.

I purposefully sought out potholes and bumps to see how the suspension fared - I find the rear suspension can be quite jarring if the bump is substantial! But not as bad as my Guzzi which catapulted me out of the saddle ..

I quite like the sound of the exhaust, so won't be spending mega bucks to change it. It's muted compared to the Termi but not unpleasant!

Verdict:

I bloody love it :D

You kind of feel your size next to this :eek:



My little bit of 'off road' :D







It got a little muddy so had to have a wash! Sadly camera died to take a pic of me going through (I did honest)

 

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Good review Littleowl, I posted my pickup review in the Aussie section but probably should have put it here. Pretty much agree with what you say. If your rear suspension is still at the factory settings try softening the preload, might make it more comfortable for you. I found the rear alright but maybe the front is a little too firm. I'm going to let everything bed in for a while (probably til after the first service) see how it feels and then, if needed, take the fork caps off and see if there are spacers under there that can be shortened to adjust the front sag.
 

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The more I look at the red Icon, the more I fall in love with it... The color is just sooooo nice!

I can make this bike as gentle as a little kitty (when my wife or my kid is behind the seat), or I can make it as agressive as a monster (when I ride it on my own). That's what I really love about the bike.
 

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Good review Littleowl, I posted my pickup review in the Aussie section but probably should have put it here. Pretty much agree with what you say. If your rear suspension is still at the factory settings try softening the preload, might make it more comfortable for you. I found the rear alright but maybe the front is a little too firm. I'm going to let everything bed in for a while (probably til after the first service) see how it feels and then, if needed, take the fork caps off and see if there are spacers under there that can be shortened to adjust the front sag.
I have adjusted the preload to softest! TBH I don't find it that bad, and I didn't find the fronts that firm? Yes I will do likewise, I'm sure everything will loosen and bed in after a while and then take a rain check :)
 

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Nice one! Good to read your initial thoughts. Great pics too... (I don't think the bike looks too tall for you...)

You're very fortunate to have countryside like that on your doorstep...

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I am on tiptoes Boost even with stacked heeled boots! You also must be near countryside like that being in Cheshire?
 

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I am on tiptoes Boost even with stacked heeled boots! You also must be near countryside like that being in Cheshire?
Oh well - I guess if you're going to be on tiptoes for any bike, the Scrambler is a good choice, due to it's low weight...

You're right - I'm lucky, living in Cheshire - there're loads of cracking biking roads on the doorstep - I plan on exploring a bit further afield this summer - I'd like to experience the West coast of Scotland - I reckon the Scrambler would be right at home on those roads...
 
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