Well i'm hoping at least someone is sitting there thinking "What's it like then"
Because if not, this is going to be a really dull write up for me and pretty pointless for everyone else
Starting the bike up and listening to it tick over the Akra exhaust sounds fairly quiet and tame, the idle isn't what i'd call smooth as silk, but it's consistent enough.
You pull in the exceptionally light clutch lever, engage 1st and away you go. As the rpm build the Akra starts to come alive, not ridiculously so, but you know you're riding a twin and it's a deep rumble noise....
Of course in the past few years i've only ridden the 690 in anger and it's easy to get lost in how that seemed to suit me just right in a position/style context, but having had 5 weeks off one now the 790 felt instantly more familiar than before, largely i think because of the time off the 690s. Through the gearbox using the Quickshifter, brrrapppp brrrraaaapppp, it's kinda weird, kinda fun and all a little confusing at times early on, you have to mentally stop yourself from letting off the throttle and using the clutch on the way up, but the QS is silky smooth, even 1st/2nd and at lower rpm it's effortless, just a snick on the gear lever and up through the box it goes. The rpm picks up as does the speed and the wind.... The wind isn't too bad, it's just a case of dipping your body position into it a bit really instead of staying upright.
Changing down, well that's just bloody marvellous on this, no clutch, just snick and it auto blips better than a human, smooth, easy effortless... To an extent it almost turns it into an auto gearbox, you stop thinking about what you're doing and just go up and down. I came up to a corner in 5th and fairly hard, it's a 30mph corner and i wanted to test how well the blipper dealt with going down to 2nd in quick changes.... The answer is, really easily... I can't mimic the noise via text on here, but it just does it really really well.
Cornering, well we were setting no lean angle records today with a brand new rear fitted along with damp patches and low temp, but it's name of 'the scalpel' has never been more apt for a bike, it's just quick turning, easy and simple, it carries any weight exceptionally and flicking left/right in traffic and at roundabouts etc is just impressive.
Out on the open road, the corners open up and so do the straights, of course, so do the numbers on the speedo. But again there's nothing even remotely unsettling even on the B roads in the countryside, it takes them all with ease, overtaking is a breeze and changes in road surfaces barely even get noticed. The 950 was giving me some 'death weave' issues that i struggled to accept and couldn't dial out, i've not found any of them with the 790.
There's reports of 'low speed fuelling', sure, i hear ya, 30mph it's not a Mondeo or a Jaguar... ****, it's not meant to be and i never expect it to be... But if you go in 3rd instead of 2nd, then it smooths it out and the bike pulls great from lower rpm anyway, so i'm really not seeing an issue.
I think that about covers everything really with the first ride, it was nice to ride one with an open mind and not caring about it being someone elses 790, just mine and accepting it for what it is.
I don't think i could possibly be happier getting off a bike after a 1st ride.