Don't get excited STEAK! Different kind of meat.
This morning I had a pre-arranged meet up with Plantboy (Gil) at Rathdowney. I came south from Brisbane, and he north from Roseberry Creek, it's not on most maps but he almost lives in God's own country. The purpose, to deliver my spare GRiSO shock, Ohlins 110 spring and re-valved. We then rode back south of the border thru the twisties, swapping bikes.
This was my first ride on a GRiSO (1200 8V) since a dealer ride day last decade. Then it was a farting vibrating hot piece of shite, hence I bought a Bellagio.
Gils bike has a pipe, snorkel removed and been dyno'd and re-mapped without all the PC bullshit, must say it is very smooth and civilised. His dyno chart showed a dip between 4 - 5K, bum dyno cant detect any lack of torque/power but the surge that comes on from 5K is very pleasant indeed. I didn't test all his 100+ ponies.
GRiSO stock suspension was reasonably smooth on the better parts of Mt Lindsey H'way, but better known for its bumps this road challenged the big girl through the turns.
As a starting point, the GRiSO is much better than a Bellagio, correct tuning applied and the divide increases. However the diet, wheels and suspension have improved Bella out of sight.
I'll let Gil offer his ride impressions of my bike ................................................
We parted company after a short break at the "Bus Stop", where another mate of mine was waiting. Kieran and I swapped bikes for the return journey to the border so now I was on a Triumph 675 Street Triple with full Wilber's treatment. This is the ride I've been waiting to have to see how far Bella has come, as Kiz and I have ridden this road together many times.
It is amazing how close Bella is to the well sorted little Trumpy, steering lightness/responsiveness, turn in speed, holding tight lines and agility in the flip-flops etc. are near on identical. The 675 wins the debate with a riding position and weight bias towards the front, it just gives that little extra bit of confidence and feel in the front. Then it has 30+ more horses at guzzillion rpm.
Now if I get new triple clamps with less offset = more trail, less wheel base, more front weight bias. ..............................