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Scrambler riding impression - experienced riders

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I'm (still) waiting for delivery of the Icon I ordered several months ago. I currently have two bikes in my garage (Bonneville T-100 and FJR 1300) and ride about 12,00 to 15,000 miles a year. I'm a bit concerned about some of the early issues with the Scrambler I've read about on the forum -- abrupt throttle response, false neutrals, excessive engine heat, etc., which are giving me second thoughts about the bike. I initially ordered the Icon to be my "city" bike, a second bike for running around town on short jaunts when I don't want to pull out the FJR. I figured it would be more sporty than the sedate Bonneville. No offense to the new riders at all, but I'm interested in the overall impression of experienced riders who have or have had multiple bikes, and who have put enough miles on the Scrambler to give a considered opinion. Are you fully satisfied? It's not too late for me to pass on the bike -- I'm sure there is someone else waiting in line who would buy the one I ordered.
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Been riding over thirty years, so have some experience. I bought the Scrambler as an antidote to a lifetime of sports bikes, with some off roading thrown in for good measure.

First twin I've had on the road, so took a little learning to get the best out of it.

Throttle response. You need to use the clutch, as well as the throttle, and it's as smooth as you like. Little dip of the clutch here and there to pick up the drive, rather than just winding on the throttle at low speed.

False neutral. Yep I've found some, so will ask the dealer to give it a once over at the first service. But you can also minimise the effect, by applying a little pressure with your foot to the gear change before pulling in the clutch. Seems to help the gear engage better.

Heat from engine? Haven't had a problem.

The bike is not perfect, and for me will be better when I get time to fit my Termignoni and full throttle bars on my Icon.

In summary, I'm really enjoying the bike.:D
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