I finally got my bike yesterday (thought it would have been Monday but the shop apparently is closed on Monday) so this past weekend I took the BRC and we were on Honda Nighthawks, enjoyable bike. Learned lots and can't imagine why any new rider wouldn't take that course. Got feeling pretty confident on that Nighthawk by the end of the course, could do the slow turn maneuvers pretty well, not perfect, but pretty well. Passed w/o problem and all that, so yay! anyway... yesterday I rode about 24 miles after picking up my Phantom, about 10 miles home and then another 14 or so mostly in a empty parking lot (which is about 5 miles from my house) practicing all my slow turns mostly and some fast stopping. It was a great day!
The additional 200lbs on this bike is quite noticable over the Nighthawk. I hope that in due time I will feel as nimble on the Phantom as I did on the Nighthawk (keep in mind that I was never an expert
on the Nighthawk and hope to be near
expert on the Shadow someday). I gave myself the goal of being able to do a slow U-turn and keep the bike inside 2 parking spaces, I didn't get there yesterday, but I was able to keep it inside 3 (most of the time). Is 2 spaces a good goal to shoot for?
In one of my fast stops I locked up the rear and left a 40 ft skid, I didn't even realize I was in the skid till about half way through. So in subsequent attempts I adjusted my braking to use more front. That started to get better. I wish there was a way to know how much front I am using VS the ideal amount to use (to get max braking w/o locking it up). Any tips on that?
I definitely feel like I want better mirrors, perhaps that stick out a bit more and likely that are convex. I was surprise at how much my shoulders blocked my view, even when adjusted outward so that I don't see myself in normal sitting position. When moving my head to see a bit more in the mirror my shoulder is easily found. (our bikes in the BRC had no mirrors). But I turn my head and look and don't rely solely on my mirrors, more so when just riding along straight, I like to keep a metal image of what is around me.
Also, when I was at the shop (where I bought the bike) I was asking about modifying the exhaust and the guy was very not helpful on this topic. He basically shut me down really flippant like and said "oh don't do that. It will just run like crap and be loud and annoy everyone." and that was that. So... I'd like to hear from you all, here are my thoughts, questions:
I would like the bike to be a bit louder, but not crazy loud. I would also love it if the exhaust was black.
I watched a video on YT of a guy that removed the baffle from his stock exhaust on his Phantom, sounded good from what I could tell via video (which isn't a great way to hear those types of things), but what is a baffle, and how would one take it out, and is this a stupid idea?
I have looked at after market pipes a little, saw these:
I suspect that those short ones are really loud, probably louder that I'd like - but I'm guessing, anyone have these? Vance & Hines Black Shortshots Staggered Black | ZZ27035 | J&P Cycles
I like these a lot , anyone have these and can speak to the sound VS stock? Cobra Streetrod Slashdown Exhaust System Black | ZZ27023 | J&P Cycles
I like these a lot too, anyone have these and can speak to the sound VS stock? Rush Racing 2:2 Black Exhaust System w/ Chrome Straight Tips | ZZ39042 | J&P Cycles
and final question... anyone have pictures of the stock exhaust wrapped in stuff like this Milwaukee Twins 2? x 65? Black Exhaust Wrap | 161-452 | J&P Cycles
I wonder if it would look good or not since the stock exhaust has all those bulges, might not look like I imagine or want it to...
thanks for the guidance!!!