Ah,yes, know what you mean. It can be annoying! In that situation I change into second literally as soon as my left foot comes off the ground…. ie I lift the foot straight into the gear lever having only travelled a metre or two. It’s not ideal but I still prefer to do that than lug the motor/slip the clutch with a second gear start (yeah, I know it’s a wet clutch but i just can’t bring myself to do it). I‘ve come to view first gear in this machine as just a way to get the behemoth moving. I rarely stretch it out now - the novelty of that has (finally) worn off a bit 😏. My preference even for straight line, quick getaways is to still get into second immediately and then stretch THAT gear out if necessary. I do hear you though - the gearing at this end of the transmission is frustrating at times. It will be interesting to hear what riding patterns others have settled into with this bike after several years ownership.Not so much.
When making a turn from a stop I feel like I have to change into 2nd before straightening up from the turn.
Yowzer, that’s quick! 👀 … way faster than I can achieve that’s for sure. It’s amazing that the bike can pull those sort of numbers yet be so benign when you want it to be. Thanks for the heads up mate - good to know 😜👍🏼.I can verify a sub 2 second 0-60 time on my ride…
☝ That... haven't used the first gear in years. Our bikes are 4-gear bikesI just did a quick search of this site for "2nd gear" and was entertained by the previous discussions going back to 2018. First gear on a Gold Wing is handy when starting uphill AND riding 2 up with a week's worth of stuff AND WHILE pulling a trailer, or when you need to pull a tree stump and a tractor isn't available! 🤣