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MV Bobber 04-23-2012 07:58 AM

Just accepted delivery of my first F4
It's 37 and raining out but she's finally here from Colorado! Never had seen one in real life prior to today and man do pictures not do it any justice! Much taller and quieter than I though she'd be though. Can't wait to get her out on the back roads once this weather breaks...

gotojoe 04-23-2012 08:00 AM

Nice....New bikes have a lovely aroma too ; )

enjoy....easy on the front brake..very effective ; )

MV Bobber 04-23-2012 08:06 AM

Thanks! But she's not brand new...2010 with 2079 miles.

sp1rider 04-23-2012 08:45 PM

From one new NOVA owner to another...congratulations!!

MVista 04-23-2012 08:52 PM

Congratulations :yo:

I was going to say "enjoy" but like that's gonna be hard to do!! :laughing:

Lets us know your thoughts after a decent ride & of course we want to see pics :)

mitchy 04-23-2012 10:19 PM

Welcome to the forum and congradulations on the bike,enjoy.

Fergymax 04-24-2012 05:27 PM

Enjoy :f4:

R1andrew 04-24-2012 08:09 PM

What year did you get? Post some pics for us.

MV Bobber 04-24-2012 10:05 PM

So I took her out for a short 20 mile ride today to and from the dentist and here is my initial perception of the bike.


- Insane braking power. Gotojoe I took your advice lightly and gave the front break a firm tug at a stop and literally almost fell off the bike. I promise to listen in the future
- Handling is much more scalpel like and takes less effort to get the bike to go where you want it to go. Made me feel like a better rider than I am
- Feels more like you are sitting in the bike than on the bike if that makes any sense
- Never felt I was going as fast as I was.
- Crackling of the exhaust decelerating from 4750 RPM to 4K
- And of course styling is second to none...I have been riding 5 other bikes(newer model GSXRs and CBRs) over the past couple months and none of them ever got as much attention as this thing seems to. Little kids waved and gave thumbs up and old men stared with a sense of masked lust...didn't see any cute women for their reactions yet


- What's with the tiny smooth rear brake peg? Still haven't found a comfortable position I'm not feeling my foot will slip of it from
- The rear view mirrors were not all too useful unless aggressively tucked
- Very tall shift from 1st to 2nd. Wound up in neutral many times
- Can feel shifts in the clutch lever
- Sitting in traffic I was 2 bars over the middle and the bike was giving of a lot of heat that could be felt right under the seat
- Short rider here so the tall ride height isn't too great when I have to maneuver the bike in a parking lot. Is it true ride height is adjustable?
- Power wasn't all too impressive in the lower RPM range and I never got a chance to get it over the 9K I read it wakes up at
- Never felt I was going as fast as I was

Any feedback on the cons would be appreciated. Going on a nice long back roads ride tomorrow and will take pics for you guys along the way. Hopefully I'll get used to some the quirks of the bike.

MVista 04-24-2012 10:29 PM

Interesting to see that lack of speed perception is both a pro & con for you, as indeed it is! ;)

I think when you tell us what model it is taht you have people will be able to give more feedback on your questions as they do vary. For instance, I have a 1000s & we remedied the lower end fuelling with a PCIII - it still doesn't like to be taken thru shopping centre car parks on a saturday but then again neither do I. We have done a lot of fiddling with fuelling & exhausts (no cat) and it starts to let you know what it has to offer from 7K RPM up.

Can't say anything about the gear box other than to praise it, I don't think I've missed a gear since I bought it!

Ride height, yes you can adjust it, the ride height adjuster sits behind the shock last thing before the rear wheel, you can't miss it, silver thing. I would caution against messing with it as the whole bike's suspension is 'tuned' to a certain ride height. I had mine professionally lowered, back & front to keep the geometry true if that makes sense, I am not a suspension guru hence why I sought professional help, I do however know when a bike feels wrong - it's now exactly how I like it and maybe only an inch or so lower, took ages to get right, thank god they didn't charge me by the hour!

Heat - again on mine, I went to Muzzy fans (aluminium) , larger water pump impeller, ceramic coated headers , cat's gone & engine ice coolant - there's threads here (use search function) about other stuff like fan override switches that you can also do.

We are still waiting for pics ;) :laughing:

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