I have noticed the same things as you:
- rear storage not even close to being water/snow proof.
- put drive belt in rear storage. It's of no use for anything else.
- haven't noticed the gauge/high beam thing, but haven't done much night riding yet.
Just a few of the characteristics inherent with the machine. After a while you forget about them.
Backinblack-Your sled looks sooo much better with that silver spar cover painted black. I don't know what Cat was thinking there. Hopefully they change that for next year.[/b]
What windshield is that?I put a rear seat pack, and tank bag on mine. Great investment! Here's a pic.[/b]
I didn't notice your pic at first. Nice! Looks good with the matte black windshield with the black spars. I was leaning that way too, but had to wait for matte, and chrome was in stock. Easy decision at that point.[/b]
You made a wise decision as you already know......the new F series are WAY BETTER in terms of ride and handling compared to the the Firecats and I had three of them! I had a chance last week to ride my buddy's '05 F7 and it seemed odd to ride it; it was terrible over the bumps (as I already have had past experience on) and my buddy couldn't believe how great my F8 S/P rode and handled the bumps and how smooth it was; I told him that his beat the crap out of me just riding it a few miles; (granted the trails were rough) but wow what a difference mine is over his. And to some other things too; yes you'll get snow in the rear compartment; I ordered a storage compartment liner (bag) for mine and it keeps my hat & extra gloves, face-mask from getting wet, but on the down side I have a hard time getting my extra belt in there unless I velcro & wire tie and bend it in there. I also want to state that some other people on this site are complaining about their F8s' power; but I found this to be the complete opposite with mine; it goes like hell (yeah I added a Y-pipe,reeds, & Speedwerx breather) but I spoke to other guys with theirs being bone stock & they were very happy with theirs as is. Also the F8's give great gas mileage and I ride with guys who have all the brands on the market and with smaller engines, and mine always uses less gas. All in all I'm happy for you, you made a great choice; the best of luck with it.Couldn't hold off any longer! Traded in the 03 on this:[/b]