Day 9 and 71 km on the odo. I just love this bike!
My initial impressions include the following:
He’s a bit of a hooligan – I’m trying to keep the revs between 3000 and 5000 during the first 500 km and it’s difficult to get out of 1st and 2nd gear around town. I get the impression that if you treated this bike with disrespect it would bite you – but it remains a very easy bike to ride if treated with common sense.
I can’t believe how light the bike feels and how much quicker the steering is, compared to my 690E, and although I thought that the 17″ front wheel would not like potholes and speed-bumps, it’s really quite good at handling those.
Although I’m 1.83m, or so, I’m also enjoying the lower saddle height – 835 mm – compared to the 915mm of the E, which always made me feel as if I needed to make sure that the road around me was reasonably even, before putting a foot down.
So what has been done to the bike so far? I’m still waiting for the Powerparts which I ordered to arrive, so only minor stuff so far.
Those stickers have gone:
I’ve also moved the licence disc holder from the right hand side to the left, removing the left-hand passenger footrest at the same time. This means that I’m going to have to get the Powerparts exhaust hanger as the bike looks daft with one foot-rest on and one off.
One of the nicest things about getting home after a ride is the welcome that awaits me.