If youre unexperience rider and you recently bought VFR800 this post is for you. For thers it may be juts frustrating or amusing at best. I had a brief romnace with Kawasaki Z1100st about 20 years ago. Recently two 2 weeks courses on Fazer and Hornet. Both oscilating around 100bhp. But my 1sr REAL, full time bike IS vfr800 a6. And I will be completly honest. I had some unpleasant adventures, experiences and doubts with it. Hence this post. Because i still love it afterall. I dropped it twice in a first week. Both times slow speed stuff in conjustion with curbs taken in a wrong angle. I panic, front break, baaam - gravity wins. In the process (well, two of them) Ive lost both mirrors and a front break lever... (Yeah, youre right, I will probably drop it again!) As those experienced would say: All due to my stupidity. If the mentioned circumstances is not enough for you to prove that im not the sharpest tool in the box I also had the heavy loaded (with chains and other gear) top box on, which makes the bike very top heavy. Add standard December wet Portsmouth weather and viola. I know that much: My complete lack of experience and imagination "paid off". I bought the wrong bike. How many of you can relate? "This bike is just not right for me", right? Despite all the research ive done regardless of the all positive reviews. Not right for me. Full stop. But is it realy? Im a persistant little old fart, so I chose to smash the bike to pieces by dropping it routinely on curbs and corners rather than giving up. (I even considered riding it into Justin Bieber's stage whie hes on it! At least this way my sacrifice wouldnt be meaningless). But last 2 months turned into valuable experience so let me share my thoughts: Power is not a problem. Vtech kicking shouldnt be a problem. Side panniers are not a problem. ABS is not a problem. Weight IS a problem. On "u" turns, tight corners, wet surface. Learn from my mistakes: dont put the top box untill youre comftable with the bike. It will save you mirrors and break levers . Get it lowered if - as me - you cant get comftably both feet on the ground, with ease, withouth squizing the tank. Change your levers to a racing one that retracks upward when bike is dropped - you spend 70 quid on them, but it will save you money in a long run. Use 1st gear shortly. When you "click-up/nodge up" your right wrist you will find it dificult to find/turn the gas grip position back into the perfect, smooth change (i found under or at 3k as a sweet spot on my bike) - you will find that other gears requires less wrist movement. Unless youre on a straight, wide country line or an relatively empty motorway dont rev it above 6.6k. You set yourself up for a nasty surprise. It may even feel that somebody hit you from behind or you may think that your engine just failed as all of the sudden it sounds completly diferent when the second pair of valves kick in. And most of all. Love your bike and it will love you back. If you drop it - like i did - dont blame it. If you start to have doubts if you choose right - like i did - dont. You chose right, trust me. And most importantly - as from my experience it may be the hardest thing to do: If you've started to have fears, shaky hands when you fire up your Honda. When you've got that nasty lingering thoughts in the back of your mind at every pull away, every corner, every traffic lights that youre going to drop it - think about something you love. Your kid, Christmas, your girlfriend, your post stamps collection or a pet if you have one. Or just think about all those jealous numpties sitting in the furniture around you. Or just simply listen to the growl of that vtech engine. This will help you to overcome the fear and doubts. It certainy helped me. Take it slow. Ride the clutch. Take an empty country line to practice corners. Empty Tesco parking lot is your best friend for a slow ride and feeing/getting used to the weight. Take my word for it. This bike is not too heavy, too powerful or too hasty. Its all in your head.