When i first got my VFR I had to learn how to ride it. It wasn't like My RD 350, light and quick turning. The Yamaha was like a bicycle with a rocket engine. My 550 Seca was a more civilized ride. Anyone could ride it. I ended up racing it after the RD blew up and it was forgiving, considering it was being flogged by a Novice. Next bike, 23 years later, was the 700 i brought 4 years ago. It was a big change. Much heavier. Took awhile to get used to coming up to a stop sign. It also seemed to require more counter steering and weight shifting. Same with the VFR. Once i figured out the VFR didn't like to be shifted below 5k it was Smooth sailing. And now to the comfort bit. I always had a death grip on the bars. I knew i was doing it. It took mental discipline and a long time to lose my white knuckles. The other problem i have is halving my weight on my arms. It makes me get tired easily. Other riders here on VFRWorld told me i need to use my "core" to take the weight off the arms. Yeah, it works but it's a struggle to remember to do it. Tonight i figured out my problem. My shoulders are hunched and tight. When i lowered my shoulders the weight came off my arms and my core kicked in automatically, without thought. I think i can probably ride father now in comfort but i still need to make it a habit. Most of you probably have figured this out already but right now, im a much happier camper.