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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-15-2009, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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New Bike Tomorrow

Pick up new 312R tomorrow
been on Harleys for past few years, so any advice
(apart from don't bin it!) welcome
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-15-2009, 02:50 PM
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Welcome and congrats!
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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-15-2009, 03:04 PM
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Hi and welcome.
My advice would be to add your bike to the register when you have time. Source a workshop manual if you are mechanically inclined and choose a suitably rainy day and then pull the bike apart as much as you feel comfortable with and learn more about your bike.
Take care and be safe on your new ride. Looks like you have a great summer to look forward to.
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Congrads. It's a bit more of a handful to manuver at low spees (seat height, low clip-ons, wheel base, etc.) so take it easy while manuvering a slow speeds. Personally, I always felt more in control wit the MV at 80mph than 8 mph.
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CONGRATS on the new ride; MV's are beautiful machines. You will love it.

ADVICE: Don't kill yourself! The machine is fast and will go faster than you can handle on the road. Your smart brain must be connected to a restrained wrist! Ride defensively and expect everyone out there to do pull infront of you, and drive accordingly. Enter corners slow and exit fast.

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Welcome to the club!!!

Advice, get ready for some sore wrists and ass for the first few days...and of course, don't eat yellow snow!

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You live more in 5 minutes on a bike like this, going
flat out, than most people live in a lifetime.
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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-15-2009, 05:33 PM
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Welcome and Congrats!

Like others have said, be cautious--This bike is so much faster and more responsive to input than your cruisers that it's akin to hopping from a pickup truck to an F1 car, but even more extreme.

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Welcome, and congratulations on a great choice.

Unlike the Harleys, you won't feel the bike vibrating as much when it is running. So don't push the starter button again, but if you do, don't worry about it, all you will do is change the display in the instrument cluster.

Also when you twist the throttle it will not make as much noise as the Harley but it will begin to accelerate. Be careful about that. The MV is faster than it is loud.

You will have to upshift and down shift with the toe of your boot, no heel option.

When you grab the front brake don't squeeze too hard. Unlike the Harley, the bike will stop quickly using the front brake only.

There are probably a few more differences and I'm sure a few more guys will post up.

(I have a Harley too.)
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