Being the only unemployed one in my group of friends, it meant I had access to all their bikes while they were working; and well, I had to take advantage of it.
Warning: I am biased towards anything on 2 wheels with an engine; I will have a blast on a 250cc as much as on my 1198 so it is really hard for me to point out anything bad about any bike.
What can I say about this bike; as a cruiser, this thing is totally bad ass! Seriously how can anyone hate on that sound? And damn this thing is comfortable.
This particular bike belongs to my best friend; he went and got it against all my wishes (because obviously I wanted him to get a Ducati, a Streetfighter to be exact). But deeply insideme, I was happy because it meant a totally different bike for me to ride!
This bike belongs to my friend @apxlvr He has owned this bike for a very long time, and it has quite a lot of mods.
This monster is completely different to my old monster; for instance the seating position, the dry clutch and damn that torque. I had a blast riding this bike; I put close to 500 miles in a couple of days without even realizing it.
This old lady also belongs to @apxlover; I believe he bought this bike from someone he knew, he had it tuned up and added a few things to it to get it running right. (I wish he would give me his credit card and let me go a bit crazy with it).
I must admit I was a bit reluctant to ride this bike, especially to take it anywhere more than 10 miles away from home. After a few rides around my area, I decided to give it a go and venture out to more scenic roads.
The bike was an absolute blast on the twisties, I was a bit afraid of the breaking and suspension capabilities of a bike this old; but to my surprise it did quite well.
I had the opportunity to check out and test ride the amazingly cool Energica Ego; this bike is advertised as the first Electric Italian superbike and it definitely looks the part.
We were greeted by the marketing team and the engineers, a group of cool Italians that were traveling around the US showing off the bikes. They explained the characteristics and specs of the bikes while we looked around and inspected them; the first thing you notice is the carbon fiber body which looks great, then you see that amazing cluster which is nothing short of an attraction in itself.
Unfortunately I did not realize my camera had turned off while I was on the bike so I did not get any footage of the ride, but I can give you my own impressions of the bike:
When I jumped on the bike, the first thing I thought was “damn this thing is heavy” and it is at 570lbs. The first thing the team tells you is “do not hit the throttle hard”, and they are right because the torque on this bike is just short of unbelievable!
Once we got going, the bike started feeling lighter. The lack of clutch and gears felt weird but you become used to it quickly once you are able to open it up a little because that torque is just intoxicating.
Going into turns was a bit tricky; it didn’t inspire a lot of confidence because the suspension felt a bit loose and the weight of the bike definitely makes itself felt. I spoke to one of the engineers and he told me that due to the nature of the test ride, they had to set up the suspension in soft settings… I didn’t buy that but ok.
Overall the bike is an engineering wonder; it might not be for everyone but if this is any indication of the future of motorcycles, I personally will not be disappointed.