Andy , where you going ?
My bike is being serviced now . Ready in an hour then off to Le Touquet for lunch . Germany demain.
Sundays are also a day to watch - Sunday is the national drink driving day in France, so the Gendarmes are normally quite vigilant.....( oh, and watch out for the pissed up drivers on the rural roads)
Well we made it to the hotel after 135 miles of absolutely no motorways, one speed camera set off, one croque monsieur washed down with a large Pelforth and tyres nicely scrubbed in
I haven't helped myself because the 1190 was still great fun to ride and when I asked myself what could improve it the only answer was more horsepower because you can never have too many ponies.
I've now done 800 miles on my 1290R.
A few thoughts.
Around town it makes a silly noise,linked to euro 4 emissions I think,as it's like a sucking noise and then a flap closing .
Apart from that,it's bloody fantastic .
So bloody fast,yet loads of mid range.
The quickshifter is great,with the clutch basically redundant apart from around town .
Blat up through the box and then when coming to a roundabout,click click click 5,4,3 with a firm prod,and MTC stopping any locking up,then fire it out the other side.
Handling is astonishing,considering the 21/8 wheels.
Hill start is very useful,not that I particularly wanted it ,but now I've got it......
Love the TFT screen.
It's in a different league to any of the competition,who will be playing catch up now.
It's crystal clear in all weather.Has useful stuff like a great big yellow ICE WARNING when below 4 degrees tells you when a service is due lets you know side stand is down,etc etc.
Menu is great,with mine set up to access the heated seat and grips on the 2 shortcuts.
Fuel range is about 190 plus 30 reserve.
Love the phone holder/charger though I lost part of the clip that holds the lid shut and dealer replaced it.
Ergo seat comfy all day,screen on high setting is perfect for me at 6'1".
I think the winglet thingies do more to protect than the screen.
Leaving mates in Boulogne and heading to Germany tomorrow. Bumots going back on.
The 1290R is a great package .
Interesting you like the hill start - I turned mine off as I found it irritating...
I reckon the KTM with the Ergo is as good if not better than any other bike I have owned.
I'm not too worried about the comfort bit because I've done 500 mile days on sports bikes (not recently) and I can drop a stinky sheep skin over the seat if it gets a bit too much to cope with.
We were discussing today whether I should change to a 1290 and I said the sensible option would be to buy a Rolex with the money it will cost me to change but one of my more stupid friends said I should buy both. Yeah, give me the money and I might consider it. More importantly I banged another 200 onto the 1190 and it's great so I'm not convinced I need a new bike.