Another New Zealander
Hi guys. Was reading this forum for a couple of weeks before buying the g310r (blue) as my first bike.
I have had it for about 5 days now, but only took it out this morning as I only have the 2 hours licensing course under my belt. And with Christmas and public holidays here, there are some maniacs around.
My flaw is I am not afraid of the bike. I am not afraid of riding. I am just afraid of looking like an idiot. Always been a big thing for me, even as a tourist in other countries I avoid taking photos. In NZ motorcyclists are actually few and far between so its not ideal for my paranoia.
Anyway. As some people will be like me, wondering if they should buy the bike as their first bike, here is my experience of the first whopping 7.9km I have done...
Im 183cm, and 10% over 100kg. Not a small guy. The bike is big enough and comfortable enough for me. Tick. Even though nothing is broken in, the clutch is very good if you have large hands like mine (i wear size L gloves). Friction point is in a very comfortable position. Gear shifter really needs some reinforced riding shoes as at the moment its really stiff and if you are NOT like me and ride for more than 10 minutes you may find your foot getting bruised.
Overall even though its more than twice the CC as the suzuki 125 i trained on, it doesnt feel like it. Not in a bad way. Its just that its still easy to take off and stop. Two of the most important learner requirements I guess. First ride on the street ever, and i stalled twice in the driveway (trying not to wake up my hungover neighbours) but once on the road, easy sailing.
Will keep you all updated on further review and experiences, and hopefully some of you have advice for me on how to not care about the possibility of making a mistake and looking like an idiot.