I'm in my fifth week on the road. I've done less than 2,000 kilometres. And today it happened.
I've turned left onto Queens Parade off Alexandra Parade - which translates to leaving the bumper-to-bumper stop start and hitting free, unhindered asphalt. And with nothing in front of me but the promise of home and a Vodka, Lemon Lime and Bitters waiting for me, I twisted the wrist.
And yeah, ok, the bike accelerated. It did.
But I was in second, and for much of that I must have been pretty darn close to the optimal torque band. And I have to say, I was a little disappointed.
I keep reminding myself: this is a LAMS bike. LAMS is good. LAMS means I'm less likely to kill myself. I like LAMS. Especially with Rosemary. And roast potatoes. But I digress.
LAMS is a good thing - if it weren't for LAMS I'd be on a 250 right now, and would probably have written this post a couple of weeks ago! And LAMS bikes are much less volatile (or so I'm told) and twitchy than a bigger bike... with less twitchiness comes less likelihood of throwing yourself off, and that has to be a good thing. And let's be honest - I don't _need_ more than the 500cc at my disposal. It does everything I need, and it does it very well.
But I'm a little flat nevertheless. Maybe the next bike won't be the 650 after all...