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    Default My new 2018 and what I think

    6 weeks in 2733 miles,

    Pros:
    I am happy with the seat. My old RSTD and 00 Venture both needed replaced. The seat does get rather warm from this V twin. I am looking for a resolution for that. Beads seem to help-- any suggestions, I am open to ideas
    The weight is balanced real good. The bike is not top heavy even with a passenger,full trunk and loaded trunk rack.
    I like that they added a skid plate on the rider foot pegs. I took it as a challenge. Yep it gets all the way down.
    At 960 pounds, It feels lighter that the gen 2 I owned
    The audio system is an improvement. The WB is real helpful
    The adjustable windshield is great
    The parking assist has come to the rescue a few times
    Shifting is different it took awhile to get up to speed and not hit the rev limiter.
    There are probable a few more likes.
    I am loving this thing

    Now what I don't like:

    The bike gets real hot. I knew that going in. Air cooled V twin
    The lower vents are a real saver on that. I went for a ride with shorts and closed vents, The heat on my legs was unbearable. I had to pull over and open the vents
    Robin complains about the wind buffeting on the passenger. It beats her up pretty good. --- I just installed a shorter windshield with an outward flip at the top. They say is should fix the issue. We shall see. I will update when we get out tomorrow.
    The thumb controls. They have put a bunch out there. Not really a con. It is a stretch with the thumb
    THE GPS !!! That is a real disappointment. I have had 2 Garmin's and a Tom Tom both real easy to use. They dropped the ball on this unit
    Not being able to save way-points for later use, What the hell My 12 year old ZUMO 550 was way better than this
    I put an address in my nuvi and the same in my Yamaha. The Yamaha required 10 addition steps to complete the same address
    The entire interface is just bulky. Win 7 vs Win 10
    Importing a GPX file. It has an option to import, It does not import it only reads the data from a flash drive.
    The screen lags when refreshing seems like its lacking memory
    Maybe they will come out with a software update to over haul it. Doubtful...

    I am happy with the purchase. If it is as reliable as the RSTD I bought new in 2006. I should have many years of enjoyment
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    Thank you for your honest assessment. It is really helpful. I plan on renting one soon to see how I like it.

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    Default Re: My new 2018 and what I think

    Quote Originally Posted by dave_wells View Post
    6 weeks in 2733 miles,

    Pros:
    I am happy with the seat. My old RSTD and 00 Venture both needed replaced. The seat does get rather warm from this V twin. I am looking for a resolution for that. Beads seem to help-- any suggestions, I am open to ideas
    The weight is balanced real good. The bike is not top heavy even with a passenger,full trunk and loaded trunk rack.
    I like that they added a skid plate on the rider foot pegs. I took it as a challenge. Yep it gets all the way down.
    At 960 pounds, It feels lighter that the gen 2 I owned
    The audio system is an improvement. The WB is real helpful
    The adjustable windshield is great
    The parking assist has come to the rescue a few times
    Shifting is different it took awhile to get up to speed and not hit the rev limiter.
    There are probable a few more likes.
    I am loving this thing

    Now what I don't like:

    The bike gets real hot. I knew that going in. Air cooled V twin
    The lower vents are a real saver on that. I went for a ride with shorts and closed vents, The heat on my legs was unbearable. I had to pull over and open the vents
    Robin complains about the wind buffeting on the passenger. It beats her up pretty good. --- I just installed a shorter windshield with an outward flip at the top. They say is should fix the issue. We shall see. I will update when we get out tomorrow.
    The thumb controls. They have put a bunch out there. Not really a con. It is a stretch with the thumb
    THE GPS !!! That is a real disappointment. I have had 2 Garmin's and a Tom Tom both real easy to use. They dropped the ball on this unit
    Not being able to save way-points for later use, What the hell My 12 year old ZUMO 550 was way better than this
    I put an address in my nuvi and the same in my Yamaha. The Yamaha required 10 addition steps to complete the same address
    The entire interface is just bulky. Win 7 vs Win 10
    Importing a GPX file. It has an option to import, It does not import it only reads the data from a flash drive.
    The screen lags when refreshing seems like its lacking memory
    Maybe they will come out with a software update to over haul it. Doubtful...

    I am happy with the purchase. If it is as reliable as the RSTD I bought new in 2006. I should have many years of enjoyment
    I am new to this bike also, i have 300 miles on mine and as far as the heat problem goes i took off the mufflers with the cats in them and installed my old CVO harley stock mufflers so this thing could breathe and the heat is almost all gone now, 90 degrees out and it was a pleasure to ride today...

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    I'm at 10% of your milage on mine; I have only owned it for a week...so please, a grain of salt with my comments - they are not to be confused with someone who knows what they are talking about...
    I have read that using a 40 weight oil reduces heat and engine/tranny noise. I plan to switch to the Shell/Rotilla, 15w-40 after for the second oil change. I have swapped out the original oil(10w-40), as it was already two years old when we unboxed the bike at the shop (Frame sticker indicates a Mfg. July of 2017). I was amazed at how that smoothed and quieted things.

    Totally agree on the heat and the lower vent; I ran a similar scenario. I have found that I notice the heat much less to not at all with my chaps on.

    I have not touched the wear-bars on the floorboards, but I did ride with my son yesterday. He was on my Road Star and said he dragged them on a couple corners trying to keep up...His personal bike is a Warrior, so he was intentionally less aggressive than he normally rides.

    I tend to set my GPS to a general destination and then ride where I want, using the map to show me where I am and how to get back on track when I need it... I like that the indicated speed limit does not flash, beep or wail when I exceed the speed limit - like WAZE....

    Speaking of "beeps", I disconnected the alarm, re-inserted the blank plug and greased/covered the open end of the harness. How about that "Smart Key"? I gotta replace the battery (two years - again) - If you turn the key off and walk away, the bike won't do a thing for anyone unless they find it....just don't leave it in one of the lockable boxes ;-).

    What's the new windshield you swapped in? Inquiring minds are eager to know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenMtnHunter View Post
    I'm at 10% of your milage on mine; I have only owned it for a week...so please, a grain of salt with my comments - they are not to be confused with someone who knows what they are talking about...https://www.venturerider.org/forum/i...cons/icon6.png
    I have read that using a 40 weight oil reduces heat and engine/tranny noise. I plan to switch to the Shell/Rotilla, 15w-40 after for the second oil change. I have swapped out the original oil(10w-40), as it was already two years old when we unboxed the bike at the shop (Frame sticker indicates a Mfg. July of 2017). I was amazed at how that smoothed and quieted things.

    Totally agree on the heat and the lower vent; I ran a similar scenario. I have found that I notice the heat much less to not at all with my chaps on.

    I have not touched the wear-bars on the floorboards, but I did ride with my son yesterday. He was on my Road Star and said he dragged them on a couple corners trying to keep up...His personal bike is a Warrior, so he was intentionally less aggressive than he normally rides.

    I tend to set my GPS to a general destination and then ride where I want, using the map to show me where I am and how to get back on track when I need it... I like that the indicated speed limit does not flash, beep or wail when I exceed the speed limit - like WAZE....

    Speaking of "beeps", I disconnected the alarm, re-inserted the blank plug and greased/covered the open end of the harness. How about that "Smart Key"? I gotta replace the battery (two years - again) - If you turn the key off and walk away, the bike won't do a thing for anyone unless they find it....just don't leave it in one of the lockable boxes ;-).

    What's the new windshield you swapped in? Inquiring minds are eager to know!
    I ordered it on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    I have not tried it out yet. I will be doing that today. A friend recommended it.
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    I wish you luck but I doubt it is going to be any better. I would recommend that everybody wait just a bit. I've contacted Clearview and they are making a windshield for our bike. I don't want a shorter one, but a wider one. That seems to be what helps the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freebird View Post
    I wish you luck but I doubt it is going to be any better. I would recommend that everybody wait just a bit. I've contacted Clearview and they are making a windshield for our bike. I don't want a shorter one, but a wider one. That seems to be what helps the most.
    I am trying to stay positive.
    We will find out later if it helps. If not it goes back
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    Dave, on my past 3 Yamaha bikes, the widest and tallest Clearview with vent did the trick for my lady as far as buffeting. Got rid of most of it...making her ride far more comfortable. Hoping this continues for the Gen 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by videoarizona View Post
    Dave, on my past 3 Yamaha bikes, the widest and tallest Clearview with vent did the trick for my lady as far as buffeting. Got rid of most of it...making her ride far more comfortable. Hoping this continues for the Gen 3.
    That's been my experience as well and I think the width had more to do with it than the height. My stock height is fine. I can look over it when all the way down and through it when all the way up. The extra width is what I'm waiting for.

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    As for the windshield. We gave it a 150 mile test on Saturday.
    We rode at varied speeds up to 75 mph
    Windshield was in both up and down positions. Robin did notice the some buffeting in the lower position. She had no complaints in the full up position.
    I even noticed with the Windshield down, I did not get a face full of wind.
    Chasing Semi's we did not feel as much wind riding directly behind along with trailing one lane over. Passing along side was smoother than with the stock shield
    I do agree that a wider windshield can add may add to the resolution
    I am 5 ft - 10 in tall

    I do prefer to look over the windshield. with this lower screen in the full up position it sits around nose height. when fall comes I may decide to put the stock one back on.

    Don did mention a shield in development. I will be curious to see the results. we may just end up with that
    For now we are both pleased with the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesset View Post
    I am new to this bike also, i have 300 miles on mine and as far as the heat problem goes i took off the mufflers with the cats in them and installed my old CVO harley stock mufflers so this thing could breathe and the heat is almost all gone now, 90 degrees out and it was a pleasure to ride today...
    got a set of the lower wind wings and installed them, they work great..now i have to re-install my stock mufflers and take it back to yamaha,, oil leak, bad!!

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    Dave I noticed the hot seat immediately after purchasing the bike. I was able to reduce the heat by adding two layers of heat shield adhesive that I got from Amazon. The left leg still gets hot from the exhaust tube.

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