My bikes always ran best, coming home from the bars.No kidding. Same here. I also had a road that was about a mile long through a tunnel of trees. My GS1000 would top out 5 mph higher.
I sold that bike w/ 88K mi. and never had any issues w 2nd gear. Sold my '89 FJ1200 w 98K, and never had issues w 2nd gear, butt heard all the horror stories. And now they're having issues w the 6 speed FJR's 2nd gear; guess Yamaha are slow learners?Well, until 2nd gear went out...