Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Lexington, South Carolina, USA
There is a cordless helmet and intercom system on the market right now. It and the helmet will set you back about $800 plus dollars. And you have to remember to plug it in and charge the battery.
I think fear of the bike brings on the gearing comments, the 1800 is instantly responsive and the fuel injection makes it so. I find the gearing just right. The bike has the torque to accelerate in any gear, one up, two up, the bike does not care. It will simply go.
As for an automatic transmission on a motorcycle, hey they can keep it. Part of the fun of riding is a standard gear system and part of the safety of riding is to be able to use the engine compression for braking at times.
But I suspect an 59 year old guy who is about to buy his first bike might go for that auto transmission, but they have tried that a couple times with smaller bikes and it never caught on.
On wet roads, motor compression is a good thing, as it is on mountain roads.
The 1800 is my bike. The very best motorcycle ever made. I was enthralled with my first test ride on this machine. It is a great bike. A crotch rocket with storage bags.............As for oil I use the slick kind, and I like round tires, but as of late I have found square ones work best on the rear. Pirelli Eufori 195/55/16 @ 32 PSI