I picked up a lightly used BV350 last fall to replace my aging/failing BV200. I was excited to have a couple of good used options to choose from here in the NW! After 14 months of daily riding, I have to say, I'm not in love with this bike at all.
Mostly, it comes down to the harsh ride that I categorize three ways: 1. Overly harsh suspension, 2. Twitchy throttle and slappy clutch at low speeds, and 3. Incredible turbulence from the stock windscreen.
I removed the windscreen this summer to alleviate the deafening slapping sounds around and about my head. I put it back on when the weather turned and have resumed riding with ear plugs.
I've adjusted the rear pre-load, but I suspect it's the front shocks that are causing most of the harshness when I ride. I've hit normal sized bumps in the road that have popped my feet off the floorboards! I have little confidence when taking a tight turn at speed because I worry what a bump could do me!
Lastly, the throttle is very hard to modulate at low speed and I can often feel the clutch/belt "slap" into place and jerk the bike forward. This is no fun in traffic.
I'm hoping there are some owners out there who honestly feel the way I do about the bike... and hopefully have come up with some solutions.
Like, would changing the roller weights and/or clutch springs mellow out the low speed twitchy-ness? Should I tear down the front end and have the shocks replaced/re-sprung?
If I don't want a windscreen that's almost as tall as the garage, what other options do I have to reduce the turbulence with the stock one?