Well, it turns out it's also a destination.
A morning jaunt to Wickenburg for lunch and ice cream. It was a great day. We set out in convoy, two BMW R1200RTs, a Ducati 899 Panigale, a Ducati Multistrada, my GRiSO, and my wife in the MINI Cooper GP acting as sweeper. Wickenburg is a short ride at about 90mi each way from my garage door, but it was certainly nice to be able to get out on the open road. No twisties to speak of, just flat asphalt and a motley crew (people who ride Panigales aren't the most mature types in the world.
The only incident involved a speeding chebbie (Chevy sedan) that passed one of our group on a single-lane curving on-ramp...at about 90mph. Just about put our little Panigale off the road.
Unfortunately, by the time we were aware of what was happening, it as too late to get a plate number.
The GRiSO was fantastic! He responded well throughout the rev range and acquitted himself with poise, dignity, and just a touch of hooliganism. Kudos to beetle for his awesome stock map!
I did, however, learn that ~200mi is probably my daily limit on that saddle. Hmm. Or maybe I just need to break-in my rump some more.