I have been riding a Yamaha V-Star 650 for almost a year.
I bought a used 2007 BMW f800st and rode it home last night!
This is the model I have now in the garage (with the side bags and top box) It had less than 650 miles on it. The warranty expires in August of 2010.
I took a short detour on the way home and only returned because it was starting to rain. I did not take a picture of my bike because of the weather, so I found one that is the same model with the same luggage and included it.
I will be going on quiet neighborhood rides and parking lot practices to get acquainted with her/him. It is friskier than my V-Star and the friction zone is in an entirely different place!! I will need to practice all of those slow turns and turns from a stop! I did stall once on the ride home.
Another new learning experience will be getting used to not being able to flatfoot the bike. It already has the low suspension and low seat.
Only the balls of my feet touch with this bike. I just had heels put on my boots (picking them up tomorrow morning), and ordered bar raisers/setbacks.
I knew from my test ride a few months ago, I will probably have handlebar risers put on it if I do not get used to the pressure on my hands. The ride home confirmed that I need them.
I am soooo excited!
I am also a bit nervous... This bike is nothing like the adorable V-Star that I have become so comfortable riding.
However, after yesterday's ride, I realized I really enjoyed the "flickability" of the sporty bike.
I will love having lockable bags!!!
I would appreciate suggestions regarding making the adjustment!