Well, it's hard to describe how it felt to get on the GRiSO for the first time, with the winter fading and the spring fast approaching. It was a little chilly, but the bike had no problem getting started. Here are a few things that I noticed.
1) It's got a LOT of torque all through the power-band, most unlike my previous bike.
2) Noticed the pull to the right every time I pulled the clutch and gunned the engine. I do this from time to time to let people know I'm around without hitting the horn. Scared the hell out of me though to feel the bike tug to the right like that.
3) The throttle is unusual. It's not as... smooth as it was on the Honda 919. It burbles and chugs, but when you get going it smoothes out. But right at the beginning it seems a little weird. I'll get used to it I'm sure. But what a nice surprise when the engine engaged and the bike lurched forward.
4) The gears are also a little weird. I'm trying to make smooth shifts, but I'm missing something in the throttle to smooth it out. Every bike is different and this one does NOT like the way I'm shifting through the gears. It was a first ride and I spent about half of it following a cop, so no funny business.
I'll get out there tomorrow. First impression, wow... what a machine. I now understand what people say about the bike NOT being for newbies. It definitely likes to be ridden in a certain way and it won't settle for anything but that. Guess I'll have to adapt!
First impression... loved it. Felt like I was smiling the whole time. Have to try and take it easy, let it get it's feet and me, my education, slowly. Next time I go out (tomorrow for sure) I'll be sure to easy off on the throttle, play with smoothing out the shifting and get used to the weight and feel of it. Prolly the best purchase I've ever made. This bike, it's special.