So how did your 'try the track' day go?
in a word... JOYGASMIC
Friday I had a new rear tire mounted up, so I was instilled with more confidence than usual and it seemed to stick to the track pretty darned well. I only did one session on the 919, the second two sessions I was on demo bikes. Ducati North America was there with the truck packed full of toys, & Larry Pegram was there also. I didn't get an official count, but here's what I remember the fleet of demos consisting of: Streetfighter (white), Streetfighter S (red), 1198 (white) 848 (red) Monster 1100 and 1100s, Monster 696, ST1100 (I think that's the Multistrada), and like 12 or so HYPERs in different configurations. There was probably a 1098 in there somewhere too.
Oh, there was the Desmosidici, but there was no touchy touchy on that one
Demo rides were determined by a drawing system. They accepted as many riders to sign up as there were bikes an hour ahead of time (top of every hour). Then, about 20 minutes before the ride went out, each person signed up would draw a number (which corresponded with the #'s on the bikes) so whichever # you drew was the bike you got to ride. My first drawing I drew the Mulitstrada... the ONE bike out of the WHOLE fleet that I refused to ride... it was just too tall & uncomfortable when I sat on it. I was able to trade for a HYPER & although it felt odd, I adapted really quickly. The second demo 2 hours later I drew a basic HYPER as well. Even though I really hoped to get on a M1100s or a Streeghtfighter, all in all it was a fantastic experience for me.
The only down side is...
now that I've ridden an 848 (a few weeks ago) and a HYPERmotard, I've got Ducatis on the brain
. I LOVE my 919, but compared to the longer range of the gears & instant power wherever you want it on the Italian bikes, & let's not forget the sexy sound of the L-Twins... I find myself wondering if there's a chance I'll find myself on one of my own someday. Before anyone says "do it" you should know that I & my wife are in the mindset that we hate monthly payments & we are dedicated to a "save before you buy" mentality. There's NO WAY that I'd walk into a dealership & put a down payment on a $15000 bike (or whatever it takes) or start down the road of monthly payments, just because "I gotta have it". So, we'll see what happens. My preference would be to ADD a 1100s Monster or something similar to the 919, but that's gonna require more money, and a larger garage (or someone to help me convince the wife to store the Honda in the basement).