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Pre-story note: this is my first bike, and I've ridden it for a little over a week.

Just got my front tire replaced at a local shop. The previous tire was well past the wear indicator. The back tire needs to be replaced soon as well, but don't have money for that just yet. It can go a bit longer.

The shop owner tells me that my back tire was terribly underinflated, like 15 psi. Yes, I should've checked and filled before, but all done. It's filled now.

So I take the bike out for a bit, around a high school lot not far from here, and holy crap this thing is so much more responsive. The slightest little touch causes it to respond, whereas before I felt...well, more in control. Like I was making it lean. I putzed around and got used to that a bit, but the lean-out feels slower. Before, it seemed like the bike would easily lean-out of the turn, now it seems like it wants to stay in the turn longer.

I know "riding more" will help to shake the difference, but why does it seem so drastic? ("Because your tire was underinflated" is not a helpful answer). Is it supposed to be like that, and I just got used to it? The MSF 125's feel more like what it was before, but maybe the extra 425cc make that difference?
 

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Riding home and then back to work this morning, it felt much better. Guess I just had the initial shock of the difference of what it's supposed to be.

So I should RTFM instead of listen to the tire guy? He said something about how it's supposed to be 33 (which I knew from manual), but because I'm "a bigger guy" (220 lbs), he made it 36. I can let some out if you all think that's best. I just assumed he knew his stuff since all he does is tires.

Twist of the Wrist video was really good - I caught it on YT. The book would be good to have around, though.

Biggest item on birthday list: saddlebags. I commute, and having a backpack keeps the air from leaving my jacket efficiently. Georgia summer is coming!
 
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