So a couple thoughts on the first 72-ish hours of owning a bike...
I generally ride like an old grandma. Kramer would be proud.
Unlike 'fixer' (where did he ever go?) I have no desire to go 200 before the summer's over. Or maybe ever. Speed is so much faster on a bike. Used to regularly drive cars much, much too fast (like average 150+ fast). Not sure I want to try to match my current land speed record if a squirrel popping onto the road means my death.
I think my pants were made in Satan's workshop. Plasticy and HOT if not moving.
I hate riding downtown. I live downtown.
I don't understand the Sbux thing. Maybe up in Sqamish, after a ride, but the Thurlow street one just confuses me. If you live downtown, you could just walk there, why gear up and ride? And if you don't live downtown, why the hell would you come here on purpose?
I finally understand all the trips to Squamish. That highway is lovely.
You guys are the friendliest people on earth. I've never had so many waves in my life as in the last three days. I try to wave back, but I've missed a couple - I'm not a snob, I'm a newb! (Gotta make sure I make the corner!)
I'm a gimp to start with, but riding is a workout! My back feels like I've been hitting the gym HARD.
Commuting to work sucks. Laugh all you want, but I think I'm keeping the scooter. I need way too much crap for work! Way easier to carry stuff.
What's with all those craigslist ads for bikes that are two or three years old with 4-5000 clicks? I've had this thing three days, worked one 12 1/2 hour shirt, and still put on 700 k. And that's only because I had other pre-booked appointments and work.
On to the questions...
Is there any mechanical shit I NEED to know that's going to come up before regular oil changes and stuff? I'm not all that mechanically inclined, but I don't want to mess up the new bike before I finish a season due to me missing something I'm 'supposed' to know.
I've read several recommendations for mechanics on here, but anyone want to pitch any more? Particularly female friendly ones nearish to downtown? I don't have the commitment it takes to make anything long-distance work.
Is it worth it for a total beginner to do a track day? I'm finding the new bike a lot harder to toss around than dirt bikes or PRS's 250s. Do I just let it come with experience? Or would a track day help me learn (just a little) what the bike can actually do? (Sidenotes: one very bad car accident later, the biggest issue is that after a year of pain and physio, I ride like a grandma, as previously mentioned. So it's mostly me, which is probably perfect for a newb. Also, thanks to everyone who posted all the reasons not to get a 600 supersport as your first bike. Because I'd probably have shat myself already if I had.)
That's all I can think of, hope to meet some of you out riding sometime!