New rider, first bike, ohh the anticipation!
Just excited and wanted to share. :)
After passing the MSF course a few weeks ago I went "browsing" Thursday. I had three bikes in mind; Kawasaki Vulcan, Honda Shadow or Yamaha V-Star. What I knew I didn't want was a 1-cylinder, black bike or a Suzuki. So, of course I walked out with a 2006 1-cylinder black Suzuki Boulevard (go figure)! It should be arriving Wednesday... oh the anticipation.
I had an open mind, and a very good salesman who catered to my newbieness in that he understood the needs of someone just beginning with my size and skill level. He explained that my concerns about the Suzuki do exist, but won't effect someone at my level/speed the way the would a more experienced highway rider. He also spoke to me, not my father who I brought just as a show of testosterone. Okay, I also brought him because he has connections and friends of friends get taken car of. My salesman urged me to sit on a number of bike styles, even ones I wasn't considering, just to experience the different fits.
As soon as I sat on my Boulevard I was comfortable (side note: I need to name it, her, him?). It is lean and light. Although I could manage the heavier weight of the others, the width of the tanks in front of me felt intimidating. It's a belt drive, score! The flat handlebars of the Boulevard fit my arms better than the older Savage style where my elbows angled in towards my center and felt flimsy.
I have two parking lots around the corner from my house on a relatively quiet street, although filled with killer potholes(why do we pay taxes here?). I've been watching videos as to how to turn from a stop just so I can get myself out of the driveway and to the lot. Right out of driveway, down slightly sloped side street, stop, turn left while staying between two potholes, drive a few feet avoiding more potholes, turn right, arrive at nice flat parking lot.
I'm sure I'll be posting more and asking for all your advice and help once it/he/she arrives.