Originally Posted by VernRuth
Thanks for the input. To tell you the truth the bike scares the hell out of me. I did a search on tire pressure. I'm wondering if maybe the beast should have more pressure in the front tires to make it more nimble. Either that or i need to double my dose of Geritol!
the tire pressure notion was going to be my recommendation, in addition to making sure you've "scrubbed" the tires in enough, and get used to running the engine into higher rpm's (my motorcycle experience was all HD road kings and dynas with redlines in the 5,000's, the LT just gets into the powerband at 4,000 RPM, let her scream!).
42 front, 46 rear seems to be the general consensus for 880's on the forum, I personally run 44 front and 48 rear (6'1, 195 lbs, sometimes have a passenger, usually don't, but am what most would describe as a very agressive rider in the curves), anything in that range will be good.
Also, double check the pre-load on your rear suspension (it's under the seat...try dialing it halfway down, then play with it to find what YOU like, some like me prefer it twisted down for a firmer setting, some prefer a softer setting, the firmer the pre-set, generally the less the rear will resist tip-in on curves as well, though 90% of that is front-wheel related).
Finally, your former big v-twin bike handles a LOT differently than your new toy. If you're not VERY familiar with the concept of counter-steering, I URGE you to pick up a copy of "Sport Riding Techniques: How to develop real world skills for speed, safety and confidence on the street and track" by Nick Ienatsch, foreward by Kenny Roberts (David Bull Publishing, $24.95).
if you want a quick lesson by the way
I definitely second the advice above about practice in a secure parking lot until you develop more confidence in the beast, while it doesn't have the brute force torque of your old monster, it does have about twice the lean angle, and once you're used to it, you'll be throwing sparks from the centerstand and cackling maniacally from under your helmet as you do!