Hey guys! Writing to you from the beautiful island of Taiwan. I got here in February, saying goodbye to my trusty Buell Ulysses XB12x. In Taiwan the license requirements force me to have something sub 250cc for my first year here. The cost of big bikes (over 300cc, haha) is extremely high over here and with the type of traffic I will usually be riding in a 650 will be my next choice. I like the BMW 650 Dakar but could swing to a KLR-like bike. For this first year I decided on the Hartford VR 150. Its a 2003 with around 12,000km on it. I bought it as a "junker" and had it refurbished. It comes with a 6 month gaurantee on the engine. I like it because it is a tall bike and is said to have less problems and more aftermarket support than the other common option, the CPI SM250. So far I'm loving the bike and am looking forward to exploring the island on it. I have some questions that some small bike riders may be able to help me with. The first is this bike's shifting seems extremely finicky. What I mean is it seems really crunchy between gears. I have been experimenting with getting the RPMS up higher as I shift and this seems to help but it still seems really touchy. I have owned a DR650 and a KLR and neither of them were anything like this. Is this common on small engine bikes? Its got 5 gears, so on a bike like this what is a normal RPM range to shift at? I feel like I'm running it really hard just to shift, will that cause me problems long-term? Next question is, am I crazy to take a 150cc air-cooled bike on an hour trip 2 up? People here consider my bike large and do similar trips often on scooters, but together we're pushing 140kg (300lbs) on the bike. My wife and I are looking to visit family in a city nearby and it would be convenient to not need to take the train (but not worth killing the bike). Traffic here is crazy and before I ever get it off-road I'm having some crazy adventures battling Taiwanese drivers here in town. Here's a pic of the bike as I picked it up from the shop. Thanks for any advice you guys can offer!