I had an opportunity to make my aqaintance with a brand spanking new Virago today, and thought my personal notes might come in handy for other riders in a similar situation as mine. Notes as follows : _____________________________ Bagging it from Traffic Lights. When taking off from traffic lights, do NOT simply reach up and out with your legs to meet the pegs, regardless of how many times you've looked at the peg position before riding off. Doing so results in both feet missing said pegs, planting firmly on the road around about when you need to change to 2nd gear. This forces the legs abruptly rearward and behind you, forcing the upper torso forward in a lunge similar to that of a poll-vaulting launch. This upper body lunge forces the throttle shut, further enhancing the body slam as your chest hits the tank, resulting in the ape-hanger handlebars passing back behind your helmet! In first gear with your legs out behind you, it's important to remember that truck you filtered out in front of which is probably about to run you over. To correctly mount the Virago on take-off, it is important to throw ones legs WAAAAAY forward at full reach, and THEN down onto the pegs. Just as long as you hook the pegs with your ankles somehow! (you can worry about proper foot position later, as the engine will happily run along in 1st gear valve-bouncing at maximum revs until you get sorted) :grin: Riding along... DON'T WORRY!..these bikes are designed to be ridden in the "laying on the couch watching tv" position.. If you start to see the sky...it's your head lolling back - simply wake up, and lean forward until you can see the road again. Handling... DO NOT!...repeat...DO NOT use counter-steering. Instead, pretend that you are driving a car. Any attempt at counter steering will be your first attempt at doing a U-turn inside 10ft at 80k's per hour - And pulling those kinds of "G's" will have you blacking out... Stopping... Virago's DO stop!, although I was'nt brave enough to find out how long it takes... From my limited time on the bike, it is fair to say that one should not REACH for the ground to plant ones feet at stopping, since the ground is only a few inches away from your a#se. Instead pretend you are sitting on the ground and bring ones knees up to ones chest, and then lower the legs carefully...Failure to execute this correctly will result in another pole-vaulting - dive forward onto the tank as your legs go flying past you again. (Hopefully that same truck is'nt still behind you) Cornering... Simple...DON'T TRY IT!... Try to ride in a straight line everywhere you go...life will be soooo much less complicated.. End Notes... _____________________________ Virago pilots MUST be a tough bunch...call me a girly-boy, but I'm just gonna have to stick with my Blackbird...I just can't handle the Virago. (Don't be offended if you ride a Virago...this was just MY own personal experience and does not reflect the experiences of others.) I could'nt resist poking a little fun. John.