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Lots of people getting there Scramblers now and a few seem to be newish riders so just thought I would post a couple of suggestions taken from my own experience.

1. Don't believe everything you read on internet forums, take everything with a grain of salt.

2. Unless you're changing something for purely cosmetic reasons, leave it for a while and let everything bed in and for you to get used to it before you decide to hate it. By this I mean all the common whinge stuff - seat, suspension, throttle etc. All this stuff settles and gets better. I'm happy with mine now after around 1200km so leave it til after the first service.

3. Don't be scared to play with it, lots of stuff is adjustable and not permanent, lever position, mirrors, rear shock, tyre pressure etc, try and see what you like.

4. Ride and enjoy.
 

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I agree, the Scrambler isn't going to be the bike for everyone, but it doesn't pretend to be what it's not.

If you want a bike with more HPs, get one!

If you want a touring bike, get one!

But if you want a fun bike that you can take almost anywhere, is light and manoeuvrable enough for smaller riders, has the power to get out of most situations, looks cool - the Scrambler fits the bill.

It isn't perfect (what bike is) but as far as I'm concerned it's pretty perfect for me :)
 

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I agree, the Scrambler isn't going to be the bike for everyone, but it doesn't pretend to be what it's not.

If you want a bike with more HPs, get one!

If you want a touring bike, get one!

But if you want a fun bike that you can take almost anywhere, is light and manoeuvrable enough for smaller riders, has the power to get out of most situations, looks cool - the Scrambler fits the bill.

It isn't perfect (what bike is) but as far as I'm concerned it's pretty perfect for me :)
FOR ME would seem the KEY. We often trip ourselves up by ignoring the contextual aspects of our 'desires'. What is the right bike, what is the best bike, what should I do... We have whole entire industries built on contextual ignorance...

Evaluate what you want and why you want it, if you're honest with yourself you'll quickly figure out what's right for your situation.
 

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Some people are farkle people. That's what makes it fun for them. Having the bluetooth hair dryer mounted to the handlebars underneath the nav system, next to the diabetes test strip dispenser.

I'm a stage zero sort of guy.. I sort of ride what they give me at the factory because if I don't like it, I'll just go get a different bike that does what I want. But I own multiple bikes and am a bit of a hoarder of bikes as opposed to having all of my eggs in one basket. And I don't put on a lot of miles on any one bike in a given year. Maybe 2500 miles on the bikes I have that I like best. Over time if something is clearly inferior, I will usually change it out though.

Foot pegs, shifters, handlebars, and seats. All that stuff is pretty personal and will vary for every person as to what's perfect. Goldilocks and the three bears sort of stuff.

I have to think the suspension will soften up as will the seat (or toughen me up.)

We're going to see hideous mods and drool-worthy mods where people ponied up for all of the overpriced OEM accessories :)
 

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I'm not much of a tinkerer as far as changing the performance parts go. I might change a few things for cosmetics just to make the bike my own, but generally I trust what they give me from the factory.

I really like this piece of advice:

2. Unless you're changing something for purely cosmetic reasons, leave it for a while and let everything bed in and for you to get used to it before you decide to hate it. By this I mean all the common whinge stuff - seat, suspension, throttle etc. All this stuff settles and gets better. I'm happy with mine now after around 1200km so leave it til after the first service.
 

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Even without being hoarder, for people like myself with limited storage space to work with, switching from bike to bike as they better suit my needs wouldn't be all that bad of an idea, small amounts of money you lose along the way but worth it for someone that likes variation.
 

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Some people are farkle people. That's what makes it fun for them. Having the bluetooth hair dryer mounted to the handlebars underneath the nav system, next to the diabetes test strip dispenser.

I'm a stage zero sort of guy.. I sort of ride what they give me at the factory because if I don't like it, I'll just go get a different bike that does what I want. But I own multiple bikes and am a bit of a hoarder of bikes as opposed to having all of my eggs in one basket. And I don't put on a lot of miles on any one bike in a given year. Maybe 2500 miles on the bikes I have that I like best. Over time if something is clearly inferior, I will usually change it out though.

Foot pegs, shifters, handlebars, and seats. All that stuff is pretty personal and will vary for every person as to what's perfect. Goldilocks and the three bears sort of stuff.

I have to think the suspension will soften up as will the seat (or toughen me up.)

We're going to see hideous mods and drool-worthy mods where people ponied up for all of the overpriced OEM accessories :)
Ooh that's me boss. ;) But you know I love my bike right. Who else would sell a Monster 1100s for an 803 cc Yellow fun bike. Me that's who and no regrets in anything as yet. I just make it as I want it. Makes us individual doesn't it.
Carry on !:D
 

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I like to make it mine. I put on my red icon the full terrmi, black panels, ordered FT handlebars, gear indicator, moto corse gas cap and rizoma blinkers. Not sure about the license plate holder. I kind of like it in back of the tire. Maybe rizoma will come out with a nicer holder than the oem plastic one or maybe ill get a tail tidy. Also need to get adaptiv radar detector mount and electrics so that I can move my detector from bike to bike, I love this stuff. It took me all last year to get my BMW S1000R just right. now it is perfect.
 

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FOR ME would seem the KEY. We often trip ourselves up by ignoring the contextual aspects of our 'desires'. What is the right bike, what is the best bike, what should I do... We have whole entire industries built on contextual ignorance...

Evaluate what you want and why you want it, if you're honest with yourself you'll quickly figure out what's right for your situation.
You must be in Marketing !!! ;)
 

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I like to make it mine. I put on my red icon the full terrmi, black panels, ordered FT handlebars, gear indicator, moto corse gas cap and rizoma blinkers. Not sure about the license plate holder. I kind of like it in back of the tire. Maybe rizoma will come out with a nicer holder than the oem plastic one or maybe ill get a tail tidy. Also need to get adaptiv radar detector mount and electrics so that I can move my detector from bike to bike, I love this stuff. It took me all last year to get my BMW S1000R just right. now it is perfect.
What and where did you get a gear indicator??
 
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