Hello fellow thumpers! (never thought I'd be saying that) I just put on my first 280 miles and have 3 quick questions. I bought a decent Gmax full face helmet a while back and its really noisy. Do you think a better helmet will really make a difference? My main problem so far is taking off from a stop and shifting from 1st to 2nd. 1st is so low its hard for me to do it smoothly, but I am practicing. Any tips? I read all the posts about windscreens and am kinda undecided if I'll bother. My final question (for now) is do you get used to the back strain of highway driving after a while? Someone at the bike shop told me yes, but I think he was busy flirting with me. Other than that I love this bike! Its a 2007 DR 650 and it still has less than 2000 miles. I do have the gel seat and am OK with that for now. Thanks! See you at the corner of First and Neutral.