Finally got my tag/registration done today and aced my knowledge portion for my endorsement, now I'm fully licensed woot.
Took the R3 out for a maiden voyage today, stalled the engine once on an incline from a stop (wasn't revving enough) as I was riding around the neighborhood to try and get used to the bike. Other than that everything was great, this bike is insane amounts of fun. I love the exhaust note, it sounds more sporty than I thought videos etc did. Took the bike up to 11k once but was pleasantly surprised by the available power below that despite what everyone says.
I had the bike up to 60 and holy **** did it feel planted, it felt SO much better than those suzuki 250's like I suspected and is SOOO much faster. I had no weird feelings in turns like I did on the suzuki's probably because I already adjusted for rider sag at preload level 5 (220lbs). The bike just feels precise, I had no trouble keeping lines or riding confidently. I was more worried about starting from a stop as it is way easier to stall than the suzuki 250's, needs more throttle to prevent stalling than them it seemed. Still a little clunky at shifting but I practiced rev matching and down/upshifting a lot riding close to home, did about 10 miles in 40 minutes cruising around close to home playing with the bike.
I practiced some low speed turns in my cul-de-sacs throughout the neighborhood, this was a portion I had a lot of trouble with on the suzuki 250's from MSF. I had NO balance issues at all on the R3 doing this, it felt so much more natural and so much better even at low speed. The bike itself just raised my confidence level double from what I had before and it felt amazing to go riding with this thing for the first time. Even being a heavier rider it's still very fun and fast for a newer rider, I couldn't ask for any better bike to start with. I still have a lot of work to do with throttle control, my fine tuning of the right wrist leaves a lot to be desired, but I'm getting better with practice.
In the MSF on the 250's I kept putting weight on my left hand and tensing up my left side, on the R3 it's the opposite I'm putting weight on my right wrist (or maybe it's sore from me ripping the throttle backwards
). I don't know for sure I'm putting weight on it but I did find myself not clenching with knees and my right wrist getting sore after this short ride so I'm guessing that's what it was. I don't think I'll ever get tired of this thing!!