Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Eastland, Texas
I just returned from a nice lunch ride with Fred H., Jim Hughes(Jhughes556), and Bill and Brenda(jokerguy). We met at the convenience store at Santo, Tx, on state hiway4. For our part of Texas, this is the south end of one of the better"twistie" roads in the area. When I pulled in, all the others were there and kicking tires. Fred came over and ask me to hop on his bike, take it for a run up the road and back and give him my impression. I am riding an 06 with 72,000 on it. It is running very good-Fred just did the valves and maintenance on it. I would like to move up to a newer bike, so I jump at the chance to ride his 12 model.
When I pulled out on the road, I immediately noticed a much quicker throttle response. I rolled it back to see how 1st and 2nd felt and was very impressed with how strong it felt. It seemed to hit that "set you back in the seat" power quicker than I am accustom and was very strong from shift to shift. it was a bout 2 miles to the 1st set of curves so I ran it up to 85+, it felt really strong.
As I approached the curves, I slowed(its not my bike) so that I could get a good feel of the power through and out of the corners. About 1/2 way through the 1st corner, i rolled the throttle back to power out of the corner--WOW ! It jumped around the corner. I really had to think about the throttle response-It was so much quicker than what I am used too. It was very strong around the corners. from the top of 4th to the bottom of 5th can be a bit lagging if the rps are not right. This bike was very strong through those gears and I was not working to keep the rpm's up, it just was a just stonger there.
I know the bike is newer and less miles than what I ride, but this bike has much better throttle response and power through all the gears than what I am used too. I need to save my coins and get the ecm done on my 06 so I can keep up!! Thanks for the ride Fred!! Oh yea, the ribs at Hashknife bbq north of Mineral Wells, Texas are GREAT!!!!
06 "GOLD" Wing
DS # 738
Bridgestone BT 45
Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 195/55/16