Upgrading from a Burgman 400
Hi everyone, I've all but decided to buy a used 2012 NC700XA with 15000 km on it. I've been riding scooters since 2010, and a Burgman 400 for the last 3 years. Unfortunately I was in a collision at the beginning of the month with a spontaneous left-turner and the Burgman was damaged beyond repair. The rider (me) was luckily OK beyond a few smallish bruises that have all healed by now.
I was initially going to replace my Burgman with another one, though they are kind of hard to find around here. But I happened across this NC700XA for sale in the classifieds which looks to be in terrific condition and has lots of farkles: heated grips, fog lights, crash bars centre stand, Shad Comfort seat, and best of all, a full complement of Givi luggage: top and side cases. So adding up the usable litres of storage including the frunk comes out to quite a bit more than what I had on the Burgman. Plus the fuel efficiency on the NC700 seems like an improvement as well. The price seems about the same as I'd have to pay to get the same condition Burgman I lost: ~$5500 Canadian. My insurance company has been low-balling me on the settlement, but I'll keep trying to get them up to a realistic amount, and meanwhile I'm keen to get on two wheels again. This bike seems like a good deal, so I may well buy it as early as tomorrow.
Here's a question. As I said, I've been riding scooters since 2010. And that means CVT and no shifting. Left hand controls the rear brake, and the right hand controls the front brake. The feet do nothing except rest on the floorboards. The NC700XA in question here is the manual transmission model (the only kind sold in Canada in 2012 – though it does have ABS which is a must for me). When I first got my motorcycle licence, I took a weekend course where I learned to ride motorcycles with shiftable gears, but I haven't been on one since then. How long do you think it will take me to get used to riding a manual bike? I've been trying to refresh my memory by watching YouTube videos where they explain how to shift, but of course watching and doing aren't the same thing. My only other slight concern is that it's a taller bike than the Burgman was, and my inseam is only 30", though it looks like others with the same sized legs have managed on the balls of their feet. Thoughts? Anyone have experience going from a Burgman or similar to the NC7X0?