First lengthy ride on new bike (about 20 or 30kms, from previous owners place to Annette’s parents place.)
So, the RF is 900cc, and my previous few bikes have all been 750cc. Doesn’t seem that much different, right? Except that the old bikes were all circa mid 80’s, and the RF is a 1996 bike.
Over a decades worth of engine tech upgrades = Holy Shitballs.
It’s an absurdly torquey bike, and the torque curve is pretty much flat. If you want to go faster, you just roll the throttle and it goes faster. Any gear. Any speed. The speedo goes up to 190, to which I thought, “That’s plenty fast enough for me.” .. except upon closer inspection, it’s 190 _MILES_ per hour. That’s like .. 300KPH or so. INSANE. While I’m sure it’s an optimistic upper limit on the speedo, I will never EVER get anywhere NEAR that. The engine redline starts at 12000rpm. It’s going to take a while before I get used to revving up around there, as anything over 4000rpm or so feels like I’m working the engine. I’m not. It’s bored. So very bored.
I, the rider, am not bored.