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I ended up bringing home a brand new Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 on a whim after work today. It's pretty darn awesome.
Initial thoughts:The ergos are a bit challenging for me, but I'm not used to clip on bars at all, so I'll give it some time. Worst case scenario, I do a bar swap to something higher and wider. This little motor is awesome, exactly what I wanted, something I can brap around town WOT and not worry much. Kind of like my Fiat Spider. I also rode the Duke 390, which has the same engine, but is so much uglier in my opinion. Also, the Duke is a bit over $1k more out the door than the Vitpilen was, and sure you get a fancy color dash, but you don't get the adjustable forks.
CONGRATULATIONS!! With today's modern technology regarding motorcycle chains...no issues, IMHO!
True with a quality chain. Some OEM chains are budget oriented. I've had properly cared for OEM chains last 15,000 miles, and the replacement last 30,000 miles. I don't think the chain on my Van Van will make it to even 10,000 miles because of stretch.
A new replacement chain after 10,000 miles is a "cheap fix", IMHO...
Been riding it around a bunch today. The engine is super noisy in a sewing machine kind of way, and the stock exhaust is too quiet. Finding neutral is kind of a pain, BUT it has a factory quick shifter which is amazing. No clutch needed up or down once rolling. I wanted a bike that would remind me of my old RD350, riding around WOT and not getting in trouble. This is definitely it.
I wanted a bike that would remind me of my old RD350, riding around WOT and not getting in trouble.
I donít understand that comment. Back in the day I rode my RD400 all around at WOT, and got into a LOT of trouble.
Zero to 60 mph times mean little unless the rider can handle drag race type hole shots...How many guys here can or are willing to drop the clutch lever at high RPM and wide open throttle ? I would think 30 to 75 mph is a better test of acceleration for the average rider.
It is a data point for comparing motorcycles. It is not an indication of how one rides a bike. Just like HP and Torque numbers mean nothing since most riders never rev to the peak RPMs, but they also are another data point to compare motorcycles. Top speed on the other hand is critical information for those that have to have a bike that can maintain interstate speeds but want the lightest bike possible.
As I said ,in my opinion, it's not all that useful. I used to drag race, I can take my 750 Triumph and come out of the hole like a madman and smoke many bikes with twice the HP up to 35-40 mph because the have no experience with doing hole shots...Bur then they just walk away from me... Top speed? my 650 Triumph land speed racer has been officially timed at 133 mph. It is not a pure race bike , it can and has been ridden on the street...Weighs 340 pounds, you think it would be a smoothie at 85 mph? I believe cruising speed is mostly a function of engine vibration levels at high way speeds...
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