Anything over 200kph on a naked is insane for windblast - no thanks, after a TD on my FZ-09 a few years back my neck felt like I'd gone 8 rounds with Tyson. That bike could only muster 220ish and even then only for 2-3 seconds but man was it exhausting. In comparison 288kph on my Gix 1000 was serene and calm, relaxing almost.
Evans - Was Portimao for US Journo's only or world wide moto-press dudes and dudettes?
Had a 1290R myself befor trading it on a 1290GT. i find the 790 far more fun and so much easier to ride, the 1290 only beats the 790 0n the straighter parts of the track, but the 1290 is fun pushing the rear tire to its limit out of fast corners, and popping wheelies at will. Very physical bike to ride, the engine torque would tie the stock suspension in knots. I loved that bike tho, so much fun for and all-round great bike.
I appreciate your sacrifice in travelling to these exotic locale's, being wined & dined, rubbing elbows with legends, riding the latest/greatest, and all for us humble sod's who are gonna line up like lemmings to fork over cash for these things, and rightfully so! :grin:
Oh, and I'm right there with you, the track pack/tech add on package is an insult to consumers, build it in and own it - what possible reason would a manufacturer launch a flag ship, Halo bike like this and then neuter it for the masses?
A Duc Streetfighter is gonna be like $3-5K more - no need to try to keep the MSRP artificially low is there?
What a great read @EvansB2. I was thinking of switching over to the Bridgestone S22. Now my mind is made up. Really impressive how they've shaved so much weight off it, but it's still kind of portly for me at 460lb. I do a good job of adding heft to the package as it is :devil:
So you prefer street throttle on the track? I suppose that doesn't apply to the 790 because of the tamer power?
I'm looking to start doing some maintenance myself on my bike to save a bit of money and hopefully learn some new skills.
I don't mind investing in tools for life but I have no idea what I should be buying first. These are the things I would be looking to do:
Jobs I would like...
Being the old school that I am, I never used helmet communication, GPS or phone while riding. When in need, I used paper maps or just learn routes and try to not get lost. A few years in the military gave me some confidence while navigating.
That said, I am trying to make my way into the 21st...
Do you use on the clutch?
I use 2 on both. Just switched to 2 on the clutch because the clutch pull is light enough and the engagement point is far enough out. The only issue I have is finding neutral sometimes at stop lights because the lever isn't quite far enough in.