Much needed update from recent exploits.
Currently done approx 3500 on her, and she hasn’t let me down what so ever.
After the tyre incident further up the page I had a new one fitted as mentioned. Well a couple of months later I picked up a self tap screw bolt…perils of traffic filtering. I had it professionally fixed and at the same time new rear pads…a bit too much dragging back brake slow moving..me thinks.
Anyway onwards! You still with me?
Experience Winter Months. Bike is secured outside with a lined cover. The really cold mornings was not a problem, started first turn. Worst it would start second turnover and that was because battery dipped slightly. It never let me down, only I did wishing I had heated grips.
The handling over the months has been unbelievable, nimble as a 125 and stops on a penny..abs deffo a front end saver. Still yet to scratch it. Also surprised how much respect the bike brings, for an older rider lol.
Last week I eventually decided to do a 500 mile round trip to my homeland Yorkshire. Ups, not much other than them lovely roads of old times. Downs..didn’t prep properly for a long ride, stopped twice for fill up, there and back. Average speed was 75, anything more than that wasn’t comfortable. Keeping the throttle balanced and holding on, due to wind blast was tiring. My hand was almost numb by the time I reached the end. It wasnt until I was advised to get a Oxford Palm Rest for the throttle was when I realised I already had one in my rucksack. Hasten to say my return home was a more pleasant ride with it attached, image below. Managed to experience a bit of what this bike is all about on a very empty stretch of A road! That didn’t last long, struggling to hold on.
On advice from a biker mate, who has 2 tuned R1s, he says it’s not advisable to update the end can with an aftermarket as I would need to update the tuning mapping as this engine is already finely balanced with the stock one. Anyhow I am not going to add one as there is more than enough noise and power for anyone on these uk roads
Sorry for going on, just want to share with you.
Going to another local meet next week, last one had 40k turn up!!