Congrats on the bike and welcome to our little family! There is lot's of good info here however I am myself new to this bike so I can not really answer any of your specific questions, sorry. One thing I do know is the standard stock front tire is quite good on black top but really quite bad on everything else, so I have just ordered a brand new Shinko 241 from tire to put onto my '06 because it is certainly going to see a lot of off-road use. If you are an experienced rider especially for off-road you will recognize how poor the stock front tire is on your first ride off pavement. Best of luck and enjoy the ride!