Well, I just finished my third day (first full day ... loggin in 300 miles almost on the button) on the 848. I'm now at 500 miles even and 1 more trip to do the 600 mile service and I'll be able to open her up bit. Here's what I found in my first 500 miles aboat the beut pearl white.
I live in So Cal and mornings are 44, days are 60 and nights are 34 degrees. I have studied the 1098 postings (all 73 or so pages over the past week) and will respond as follows:
Again, I am 5'8, about 160, riding all types since 12, primarily Ninjas all sizes, all my life. After 500 miles, I have never had so much fun and been so proud of a materialistic possession. Currently own a 2005 ocean blue Kawi ZZR 1200 and a red Victory Kingpin 2006.
First, no stalling AT ALL (not to jinx it). Never once, in stop and go, red lights, rest stops, etc. Have done 500 miles of basically mountain canyon twisties, both tight and swoopy. But to get there had to do So CAl traffic. Never once. Idled wonderfully since day 1.
Second, never had brakes bite ... braking is strong, smooth, predictable. Let me repeat ... smooth, predictable. Brems work well.
Third, never had a problem starting ... not once since I left dealer. At most, it took 3 attempts one time (and I am NOT using the gas). I wait a good 15 seconds, hit the starter firmly, leave 2-3 seconds and she comes to life. When I am about to take a rest I let her go back up to 168 degrees and turn her off.
Fourth, no popping ( maybe a little here and there decelerating in second or first) and no false neutrals between fifth and sixth.
Firth, Perellis' very planted once broken in. Almost draggin knees in 50 degree or colder mountains (sunny though).
Sixth, no head shake (at all ) at 97. Keeping it under 6,000 RPMS. No stearing dampner but for now, I feel very planted on this bike.
Seventh, long fast sweepers feel firm, confidence inspiring even with the amazing light weight and "flickability" of the bike.
Eight, puting on average 2.7 gallons in and running about 85 miles at this point between fill ups. Then reservoir light comes on. Not riding hard though, or I am riding hard within break in parameters.
Ninth, engine is smooth and very linear. Again, only takin up to 6K at this point, never higher. I'm used to a I4, 1,164 Kawi. That being said, I feel this engine is plenty strong for the weight. Plus, its apples to oranges. ITs a diff ride, totally.
Tenth, yes mirrors suck. I don't care. I can see out of the very tip top corner if I move and thats fine for now.
Eleventh, 4,5,6th gear under 4000 rpms feels like Duc is struggling so in 4,5,6 stay about 4K. Otherwise under 3K in 3rs, 2nd you start stressing the engine a bit I say. This bikes starts at 4,000 RPM's. BUt I'm trying to ensure I firmly let the bike decelerate all the way down to 2,500 or so during the first 600 here.
AT 40-60 degrees F, engine running 141 to 148 degrees. But I'm always moving. In the summer I do believe heat against rider in traffic or slow speeds will be is an issue.
Well, thats it from So Cal. Did 300 miles today and I actually feel fine. I will be looking at Heli bars, SArgent seat and rearset footpegs but once I got used to the riding position, I literarly was able ride hard all day and I wish I had more time now.
Good luck to all. ITs a winner. We got lucky ... !