I had a local bike shop put on a new front tire yesterday, I'd already bought a new battery last week and now it's just waiting for the seat. Right now the weather is incredible, incredibly cold but also incredibly bright. I just HAD to go for a ride. I wanted to know how the new tire would feel (tricky, a new front tire in these conditions), if it would run better with the new battery and how it would handle with 'new' front springs. (I swapped the ones that came with the bike and are probably of a 500 with ones I had laying around and are of a 750). So I bodged up a make shift seat and took it for a ride.
In short: Starts great, runs great, handles great. Love it!