thanks, this is a good article, i find i,m continually touching up, but I use mine all year round. the pipes look poor from the back, stainless option would be good, also salt has got at the engine case, but every time i start it up and go i just smile. Great bike, great ride.
Spot on review of this bike, I own one. I do an all year round motorway commute (70 Miles per day) and this is the first bike I have owned that can actually cope with it.
The "Chudder" is something it suffers from but it can be controlled by proper usage of the the throttle and clutch. It only happens when you pull off.
It's an ugly bike but that's the appeal of the beast. The finish is not good and does suffer from corrosion, not something you would show off to the weekend bikers on, however it's only the surface finish (My boots also appear to have rubbed off the paint on the engine cover) and nothing that has caused me a problem yet. Keep salt away from this bike!
Handling is great I can really get it low down around the corners. Apart from the low revs buzzing the engine is great, on the motorway it packs so much power and it's impossible to redline. Even in top gear doing 90 mph I can open the throttle and suddenly it's hitting 130 mph and the revs are still way in the green. It's a good traffic bike and the tinned motorists get out your way when they see the twin search lights.
I have ridden this bike through rain, wind and snow (What a day that was!) and it's got me home safely. I sometimes get ideas about buying another bike but I may stick with this one and ride it all the way to the scrapyard then buy another.
I had one - only got rid of it under pressure from the now ex-wife. It was a great bike, never once let me down. I rode it for 3 years in all seasons. Corrosion was minimal, but then I was always a bit retentive with the Scottoiler F365 spray (smells great when cooking off). My boots (Sidi Vertebra) wore through the paint too - probably the worst weakness. Pulls like a train, and comfy for 500 milers easily.
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