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    Default first impressions on new 09 RSV-S

    Brief background;
    I have owned too many bikes to list (mostly Yamaha's) and have been riding for about 40 years. Before I purchased the 09 RSV-S on 9/10/2009 I was riding an 07 Road Star (purchased new and has 24,000 miles) and an 08 HD Electra Glide (purchased new and has 21,000 miles). So I do a lot of riding. I am semi-retired so do have some time for lots of rides.


    As of today my RSV has about 2,800 miles on it (bought it new 0 miles). The first 600 miles were pure hell. It was HOT, HOT, HOT! Outside temperatures ran from 90 degrees F to 105 degrees F. I thought I had really made the big mistake. I will come back to this later.


    Forget the heat comment for a bit and let me tell you about the next 2,000 miles or so.
    Pros:
    The seat (pillow top) is sooooo comfortable I can easily ride hours without thinking about my butt being uncomfortable. The material does make my bottom sweat however, not sure why. I read here on the forum about Alaska leather and ordered a sheepskin butt pad and that helped.


    Power to spare. I am still getting use to keeping the revs up. I find myself in 5th gear way to soon and have to down-shift back where I belong. Just a matter of getting use to the bike.


    Ride is great. Very little vibration and everything is where it should be for me.


    Headlight is so bright!! I have no trouble riding at night with out the running/passing lights I bought but have not installed.


    Handles great! Heard so much about top heavy that I was a little worried and Yamaha would only allow a very short test ride. But a member of the star 153 chapter, let me ride his around in the parking lot to see how it handled with sharp u turns and figure eights. Seemed to handle fine. So I went and bought one. Like any new bike there are some things you have to get use to, but nothing out of the ordinary. With the Road-Star I drug something around almost every curve/corner, but with the Venture I rarely drag anything (completely stock).


    Two up, still handles like a champ, put some air in the front and rear shocks to keep from bottoming out and rarely did. Passengers loved the seat and the speakers! Longest ride with passengers was 220 miles, but long enough for them to tell me how it felt.


    Absolutely no regrets!! love the bike and wished I had purchase one sooner. I was waiting for Yamaha to add ABS and fuel injection, but gave up after seeing no change for 2010.


    there are some cons:


    The Kill switch!! I have hit it several times and when I turn it back on I get one hell of a backfire. Should I stop the bike and then restart??


    the accessory position on the key!! I have never had “off-acc-on” in this position on any vehicle switch (bike, car or truck). Unless I remove the key each time I leave it on accessory. Bummer!


    The CD player does not play MP3. I am trying to fix this with another post.
    The cassette player. – 21st century technology – I think not!
    Windscreen/windshield too tall. Did not get a short one with it as some of you did.
    Engine hangs down below the frame. Purchased the adapter and that works great but still don't like anything hanging below the frame!


    The cons are just minor irritants but thought I would mention them.


    Back to the heat issues. A shorter windscreen will help get some air moving over the vents in my helmet. I ordered a clearview windscreen with the vents, and shorter. I ordered and just received some adjustable lowers that should help blow some of the heat off when I am moving. Stopped will be another matter. However outside temperature have dropped, and this morning went for a ride with temperatures around 38 degrees F. Did not get chilled at all. In fact with the heavy jacket and chaps on I was too warm. So nice cold weather bike. So I think I can get enough air movement to help the heat issues. Probably won't know until next summer as I think winter is coming fast.


    The reason I bought new instead of saving a lot of money by buying used, could not get financing for a used bike at any good interest rates. Plus I am helping the economy grow. Lol.


    I absolutely love this bike!!! I think it is the best riding tourer I have ever owned. I would and have recommended this bike to anyone and everyone! I do mention the heat, as there is a lot of it.


    Just my first impression!
    I will add a photo real soon, the color is seashell/black.

    Jerry
    Last edited by jdzimme; 10-06-2009 at 02:49 AM. Reason: add sentence about photos

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    I feel the same way about my new RSTD. At first it took a little getting used to coming off a Suzuki LC1500 which sits low and all the weight is down low. I have now gotten used to the difference and find this bike handles very well in the corners. I too am having a hard time getting used to keeping up the RPM's. I don't know about the heat from the engine because we havn't had any since I bought it in early September. The power is great compared to my LC which had a stage 3 kit. This bike I will leave stock as far as the engine goes because it has plenty of power. The seat is uncomfortable but I had a Mustang on the last bike and have ordered one for this one. I don't think anyone has a comforatable stock seat. I am really going to enjoy this bike and will ride a little more this fall but with hunting season upon us not that much. Can't wait till spring.

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    You can plug an mp3 player into the cassette player and run it through the auxillary on the left side radio control. Works great and most riders use only that since the cd player takes up space and skips.

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    I saw your other post about wanting a Clarion CD changer. I didn't know what your reason was but now I do. I will tell you that it will not likely play your MP3 cds either. I think it's the exact same unit that Yamaha sells with the bike.

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    I got my RSV 9/11.
    Ma nature dumped a 500 year flood on north Ga. right after I got it plus my VTX is my daily ride so I only have about 900 miles on it.
    I havent noticed the heat but then it hasnt been very hot since I got it either. I'll deal with that when the time comes.
    One thing I was expecting with this bike is comfort. I got it. I think the seat is fine and is getting better the more I ride it.
    The foward position of the boards is the main reason I went with this instead of a wing. The bars and controlls are in the right spot.
    I was not expecting this much power or the handling to be so good.
    I'm sure I'm going to be very happy with the RSV for along time. (I hope so cause, Shirley says I better be).
    Last edited by Motorcycle Mike; 10-06-2009 at 06:33 AM.

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    I forgot one of the big pluses! the way it starts!! So quiet and quick. Other bikes make so much noise when they start, but the RSV/RSTD is as quiet or quieter that a car. I love it! Anyone who has not heard an RSV or RSTD start is also very impressed.
    I do not think I will change anything about the engine, it runs so good as is.

    have a great day

    Jerry

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    Welcome to the family.

    The backfire is caused when the throttle is continuing to feed gas into the carbs (and into the cylinders) while it is not running. When you turn back on the kill switch, the bike restarts in immediately ignites the raw gas in the system. Yup, big boom.

    If you accidentally hit the kill switch (you will get used to not hitting it), take you hand off the throttle before you turn it back on.

    RR

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRider View Post
    Welcome to the family.

    The backfire is caused when the throttle is continuing to feed gas into the carbs (and into the cylinders) while it is not running. When you turn back on the kill switch, the bike restarts in immediately ignites the raw gas in the system. Yup, big boom.

    If you accidentally hit the kill switch (you will get used to not hitting it), take you hand off the throttle before you turn it back on.

    RR
    Are you ever right about the big boom. I hit the kill switch by accident, did n't know why it stopped running and cranked the throttle several times - then noticed the kill switch was off. turned it on. BANG. Dyed my underwear.

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    Welcome.

    Remove the lower air deflectors when it is warm out and you will get a nice wind over the lower fairing and will hit you in chest.

    The loud bang you may also get if you ride with the choke on, carbs out of sync or in higher altitudes.

    Brad

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    Brad,
    are you talking about the deflectors connected to the bottom of the fairing? if so, when i remove them, what happens to the space in the fairing? do i need to put a shim in there of equal thickness to the deflector.
    or
    are you talking about the deflectors connected to the fork? I kind of tried to remove them but I think Yami coated the bolts, because I put quite a bit of torque on the bolts and they would not give. I did not want to break anything so i stopped. if you are talking about these deflectors, I may take it to the dealer who helped me before and see if they will break them loose for me.

    Jerry

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    I bought my 09 RSV on 09-26. I came off an 07 Suzuki c50T. My wife asked "Why do
    want another touring bike?" She now understands after the first 500 miles. It is an adjustment for the height and weight of the bike, but not an un-pleasant one. The
    weight seems to really keep the bike stable. I really like the sound system, but haven't
    used the CD changer yet. I bought show chrome headsets that work with full or half helmets. The intercom is the best I've heard. I get to fifth gear too quick as well and
    back down to 4th. I drove 250 miles to trade for this bike but got it for 13999! After the
    trade I came out at under 10K for a great bike. Mine is the seashell/blk as well.

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    I thought I got a good deal, but yours is about a thousand less. you got one heck of a deal. With our temperatures down in the high 30s to mid 40s this bike keeps me warm. between all the deflectors, fairing and the heat it puts out, I am warm with just a summer jacket. great cold weather bike!

    Jerry

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    Is that $13,999 drive out, or plus tag, title ect.?
    I paid $15,500 after tag, title ect. for mine. No trade in.

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    +1 on the danged kill switch! (Though you will learn to avoid it!) As for the heat, I cut down the stock shield about 5 inches (kept original contour) and it makes a great summer shield. For cold weather went with the Yamaha 2+ inch wider @ 17" high. Great weather protection!

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    Yep, remove the fork deflectors for summer running and things are cooler. Put them on and you're warm for the fall weather. Have fun.

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