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So my matte gray R3 finally arrived 8 days ago but due to weather and work I have only been able to put 5.4 miles on it. Oh well, all the snow has given me a chance to install all of my parts.

After my initial ride on the main roads after a shakedown run through my subdivision I was surprised at how odd the sensation was being on a bike at speed since I haven't ridden regularly in the last 27 years. I am sure it will all come back to me but it felt like every sensation was new and I was starting over again. Looking forward to nice weather this weekend to get back on the road and get used to the feeling of not being in a cage again.
 

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So my matte gray R3 finally arrived 8 days ago but due to weather and work I have only been able to put 5.4 miles on it. Oh well, all the snow has given me a chance to install all of my parts.

After my initial ride on the main roads after a shakedown run through my subdivision I was surprised at how odd the sensation was being on a bike at speed since I haven't ridden regularly in the last 27 years. I am sure it will all come back to me but it felt like every sensation was new and I was starting over again. Looking forward to nice weather this weekend to get back on the road and get used to the feeling of not being in a cage again.
Even my 15 year discrepancy was enough to nearly completely forget everything about the sensation of riding.
 

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Same here Rallykid, just got my bike little over a month ago, haven't touched anything in ages.
I had the same feeling when i started, first time getting up to speed. then bam, everything started becoming normal again after about 40 miles on the bike. Go at the pace you need, get relaxed and everything starts coming back slowly.
 

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Go at the pace you need, get relaxed and everything starts coming back slowly.
QFT!

After almost three years of no riding, I'm finally starting to get more comfortable on the bike- weather hasn't been as nice- it can still be in the 30's from time to time- whenever i see that is in the mid 40's though, my helmet, jacket and gloves are on and I'm riding!
 

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hey even north florida has sucked this year, between cool and really crummy weather (always on my days off)

2 week's ago rode to work for the first time (currently on mid's) yeah 7:30 am 45 degrees, ouch.. wtf.. I only have summer gloves. lol could not feel my clutch, that was fun. =/ **** to the cold weather riding lol.

This was definitely a great bike to get back into riding, wish it had maybe another 40-50 cc, but I feel it was a great choice, built confidence quickly once i got past the over thinking. Everyday is a new learning curve, todays riding in winds gusting to 40 *def a light weight bike really going to need to get use to that. Last time I rode since i got this bike, was 2008 for the BRC course, before that.. god like early to mid 90's.

Where you from? Hopefully the wether gets better for you.
 

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Yes I feel like kid again. me too. Had three bike up in Lake Tahoe back in 2000. I was working a Lot back then and didn't get to ride them that often with snow in the winter. I came back to LA married with two little ones 16 years later I got the bug to get a bike. Wife was not on board as suspected with little ones. I purchased the bike back in August when I promised my self I would stop drinking all together for myself and family and 9 months later I Have ridden about 4300 miles so far. Next week I have nine months sober. Ive dropped from 225 to 177 from riding and just taking care of myself. This bike has changed my life. I use to sit around feeling sorry for myself like I was stuck in life, when the kids would fight and so on. Now my wife says to me you should go for a ride and I do and its something thats just so bliss even when I get cut off. I don't get mad I just do my best to keep on having a good time and continue on my path. I purchased this bike as a gift to myself for making a decision to change my life for the better. It was the best decision I ever made @ 49 years young.
 

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Welcome to the Matte-Grey club! I got mine back in march, Really really in love with it
Nice! How do you like the Akro? I went with a Coffman Shorty and really like the look and sound.
 

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It took a while for the sound to change, I dont know why, Now it really has a nice sound, but the change is not significant, however the change is sweet, its like the old sound except now has a tone of aggression to it. I love it personally.
 

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My Coffman is the same way. Same with all of the performance exhausts I have done on my cars. Takes them a few hundred miles to break in and get the true sound out of them. The Coffman sounded much better after about 50 miles. A bit louder and more aggressive with a sweeter tone.
 
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