Motorbike! Go Fast!
If you live in the Hampton Roads/Tidewater region (or any part of most of the USA), you know this has been a harsh winter. The Baroness had been down for a couple of months, and from experience, I know she doesn't like cold weather. Luckily, I have been, oh so very grateful, for this loaner provided by my buddy, Johnny, to get me through the winter. Her name is "Samantha" and she is a 2006 Yamaha R6. To be frank, it's not a bike I would have ever picked on my own, but he offered to let me ride it, and I needed something to ride. I have to be honest and say, I have often questioned why some sport bike riders have a tendency to ride the way the do. I now know why, these bikes are made to go fast!
To ride this bike, required a big adjustment in the way I was accustomed to operating a motorbike. Throttle, I used to actually twisting the throttle, not simply apply a slight motion, to open things up. The same with clutch and brake lever, where I would usually apply a pressure, a firm squeeze, this cycle needed only a light touch to engage said levers. The geometry and balance is a different world, I swear sometimes when leaning into a curve, I feel the bike will slip out underneath me. And the engine displacement, is unassuming at 650cc, but the thing is, this bike weighs next to nothing and is stupid quick! Confession time, after to becoming somewhat familiar with this bike, there has been a time or two, where I could not help myself from exploring the smooth and quick acceleration of this machine, it can be a lot of fun as well as scary as hell. But like I said, I'm grateful and thankful to have her at my disposal. And I certainly appreciate how she starts up right away, no matter how cold it is. But I'm now counting down the days, when The Baroness (if you squint, you can see her in the background in the pic above) is once again rolling along freely, on the pot-holed laden streets of Tidewater!
Sunday, 09 March 2014 23:46