Well I finally thought the weather was good enough, and had enough time between Parkrun and the England humiliation of Scotland to get a run out on my new GRiSO. I rode it 120 miles home the day I got it, but it was so cold, wet and dark i've erased it from my mind.
It's 3 years since I sold my 1100 GRiSO, so can't really accurately compare the two.
What a lovely noise! I can't believe how good it sounds on the stock can. I'd forgotten how mechanical it sounds apart from the exhaust. I don't remember the 100 sounding that good.
It's not exactly quick, I'm still running it in so have set myself a 6500 rpm limit until I've done a few hundred miles, but after the MV and Ducati it's a more relaxing pace.
What a lovely engine, like lumpy custard. My Ducati (1200 pre dvt) was a pig below 3000rpm. No apparent flat spots.
Everyone wants to talk to you about it and how they used to have an 850 le mans. On the Multistrada people just wanted to know how far you'd been on it. Unless you've been to Patagonia or Mars there's always someone whose done pole to pole on an adventure bike.
You can wear anything riding it and look good on it. On the MV you needed to be in 1 piece leathers, on the Multi if you weren't wearing 3 acres of cordura everyone thought you were a fraud.
I'd forgotten they'd put the sidestand over there, maybe my legs have got shorter.
That button on the back of the left switchgear to scroll through the displays takes a week to respond.
They've sorted the clocks! On my 1100 you could ride through the Atacama Desert and the clocks would still have condensation in them.
It like a drink, but then who doesn't?
The almost Suzuki gearshift quality.
The back brake works! don't suppose it'll be long before that needs bleeding.
How lovely it is, like syrup. Not harsh like the MV was but not a floaty pogo stick that the Ducati was.
I'm very happy to be back on one!