We have the first dry weekend in over a month out here so I got together with a couple of friends and we took our collection of new toys out for a spin.
I rode my new (to me) Ducati HyperMotard
Tony rode his new (to him) Suzuki SV 650
And Yannick rode his new BMW S1000RR
We left mid morning and did a 220 mile ride out to King City and back via Uvas Canyon, Gilroy, Hollister, Cienega Rd., Highway 25 and Bitterwater Rd. The weather was perfect, the roads were clear, and traffic in the twisties was virtually non-existent. Damn near perfect!! We all had a great ride down, and when we got to the restaurant for lunch another friend of mine, Fabio, had flown his plane down from Fremont to surprise us! He was originally going to ride with us but couldn't today, so it was great that he got to meet up for a bite a lunch time BS session. The ride back was equally awesome with even warmer temps.
The kids out for a play date
The Ducati was an absolute blast to ride, and with the Comfort seat it was a joy to be in the saddle all day (stock seat was less than stellar after about 70 miles). Loads of torque and power, flicks into corners, braking is right now, and those Termignonis sing the most beautiful song!! I would be buzzing along through the corners and look down and surprise myself as I was pulling 90 - 100 mph; and it was just happy and stable as you could want. I'm really happy with this bike and am looking forward to having lots of fun with it. And the guys at the Ducati shop were already enticing me with some bling like open clutch covers, custom pressure plates, etc. You know what they say, loud clutches save lives!
On the way back Yannick was nice enough to let me ride his S1000RR for a while. OMFG!!!!!!!
That thing is amazing! I had to keep it below 9000 rpms since he was breaking it in (I think redline is out around 14,000) but the power up to that point is just insane. I ran it up to 9Gs in 3rd and flicked through 4-5-6 with the help of the speed shifter and it was like being launched on a rocket. Cornering was practically telepathic; I just looked at the corners and I was through before I knew it. In 6th I was cruising around 80 mph (~6500 rpm) and gave the throttle a light, small twist. WOOSH! 120 mph. I was shocked, so I played with that for a bit, 80-120-85-110-80-130; it was effortless and immediate. And all this in top gear between 6500 and 8100 rpms! I can't remember dispatching 15 miles of rolling hills and sweepers so quickly before; I covered this stretch in 9-10 minutes, no lie. Can you imagine what this thing will be like when you get up in the meat of the power band between 9000 - redline??? It's scary to think about, but in a very, very good way.
So all in all an absolutely wonderful day riding with good friends and having a ball on motorcycles. AWESOME!!!