Hi all, left work this evening and thought screw it, im off for a jaunt arund the southern english country side, about 90 miles round trip.
Launched off in to the country side, weather not amazing but its dry and it was sunny, had maybe a 2hr sunshine left at most so decided to make the most of it, back road twisties on the menu ... was a delight. 1300 miles on the RR-7 now and it handles a dream, I've come from a riding Honda Hornet which I had for 4 years,but i unfortunately had a 50mph get off
with about a month ago..
The RR is performing great, so much more bike than the Hornet, not that the hornet is a bad bike, its just the RR is so good. The RR responds eagerly to inputs, where as the Hornet was a bit more slow but forgiving, taken me a while to adjust to setting it up for corners, at first I'd twitch in a bit, then back out before settling in to the corner but its smoothing out, nothing to do with the bike as such, just my clumsy inputs! The suspension soaks everything up as well as I could hope, with no wallowing when pressing on like the Hornet used to. That planted feel loses its shine a bit when the road surface is poor but that's probably as much to do with my confidence after my off as anything else, the harder sprung RR just feeds back all those little bumps and grooves to my hands and I back off, before i fly off.
Fuel range is good enough, all relative to the right hand of course, it's a slightly bigger tank than my old bike but the bike likes to be worked more but I'm loving the fuel gauge, i used to set the trip counter on the hornet and it had a warning light that worked mostly, now I don't bother!
Coming from a naked to the fairing of the RR is great, although its easier for me to be going faster and not notice it, due to not having my shoulders pinned with the wind past 70mph, jury is out on that being a good thing, I have a clean license currently, but If im not careful I'll be on the wrong end of the boys in blue.
My Bridgestone BT015's are doing a good enough job, I used to stick to Pirelli Diablo but I'd quite happily keep using similar tyres, they're nicely worked to the edges.
I think I'll be happy enough doing my first track day at Cadwell Park on the 25th of May with the bike as it is, I'm sure all the toys that some have like after market suspensions are great, but I think it might be wasted on me currently.
Anyway took a few piccies this evening where ever I could, which wasn't that often, too much riding to be done, some real nice little roads, through the rolling hills that feature here.
So here ya go...
very small country lane, just pulled in for a piccy, fields are all yellow like this around here
Viewing area looking out over the way I'd just come, climbs nicely in to the hills with some nice sweeping bends.
Getting low on fuel I decided to head to the nearest servo, pulled in, fuelled up, grabbed a drink went to pay...... OH **** where's my wallet, I'd only gone and left it at work.
DAMN IT, filled in a form for the attendant who told me I had two days to pay before the police would be called...
Guess I'll just have to do the same ride again tomorrow to pay! Oh well !