After a 57-mile ride home that only needed to be about 20 miles, my 2014 DL1000AL4 "Veek" aka The Crimson Pigeon
has arrived home to her new coop:
It would have been a much longer ride home if I hadn't had plenty left to do before the day was out!
Home to roost:
Tires have a decent scrubbing on them now:
Here she is meeting her older/littler sibling:
After some yardwork to spread the mulch that was taking up precious space, this will be my garage situation for the foreseeable future... keeping the Wee around as a second bike since it's still a great bike, and I'll see what farkles transfer to the new one:
The first of many:
The ride home was terrific, covered single-lane rough blacktop, twisties, smooth roads with long fast sweepers, some dirt, gravel and mud, and a nice sprint on the freeway. It's everything I thought it would be and then some, I was grinning the whole way. Coming from a Wee, there were many similarities except for power, lightness, handling and suspension, all of which are better ('specially the power) than my '09 WABS. I'll post first impressions in another thread for that purpose as soon as I can.
EDIT for some of the below questions/comments (since I don't want to post anything but pictures here and leave room for others who will be coming along):
- Chirosyd, yep that is thestock-height seat, I have no idea on the Givi mount, it's possible it may work but I don't know Givi products, but I'll be mounting a CooCase later next week and can tell you how that goes with their 'universal' mount plate. As for the windscreen, I am almost certain it won't make the trip from the old bike, the mounts look very different in regards to spacing. I'd love to transition my MRA Vario but am certain I won't be able to.
-Greywolf, thanks, ad the average MPG started out in the teens when I picked the bike up. So it's been steadily improving, although not helped much by my frequent "torque checks" getting to know the machine.
- Zedex, thanks and I wrote some first impressions that I carefully thought about on the ride home. Hopefully, it'll tide you over, good luck with the wait!
Second Edit - to show Greywolf where those 68-degree temps went. The Crimson Pigeon can only sit and wait things out now....