Ok, finally got the bike broke in. (mostly
) I know there are all kinds of opinions and different schools on break in, but after what I saw at the Ducati factory, I'm not too concerned with taking it easy.
Anyway. I changed the trans oil and it was as suspected dirty and cheap. Got rid of that and got some nice synthetic AGIP oil in there. That made everything a lot smoother. I'm sure as the motor wears in it will loosen up a bit.
My first "real" ride on the bike left me with a serious case of grin. I had a ton of fun. More fun than I can remember having in a long time riding on the street. This bike really forces you to think and always look ahead to your next move. Unlike with my liter bikes you can't simply crank the throttle open to go instantly faster. Any increase in elevation and you have to be carrying momentum or downshift, otherwise you will slow to a crawl.
Passing traffic becomes quite interesting. I make it a habit of passing legally 98% of the time. It's just not worth it to me to make an illegal pass as I am really in no hurry to get anywhere. I found that I had to back off of the car or bike I was planning to pass until I saw a clear pass coming up and then time it right to get up to speed, go around and get back into my lane safely. It was quite a fun game after a while.
The best part of this bike is that I am less of a limiting factor. On most of my bikes the rider is the biggest limit of what they can do. With the RS I had a blast pinning it through the corners. I saw an indicated speed of 166kmh once, but most of the time 150 ish was about the norm.
The bike changes direction very easily and doesn't require a whole lot of hanging off at "sane" speeds. I can see me donning the leathers and putting this bike on the track some day. It handles well with the stock suspension and the radial front brake really puts a halt on the bike fast.
The only con I can see so far is it is not fun to ride through town. Being a single and a 2 stroke makes for some interesting times when trying to smoothly navigate traffic from light to light. Getting it off the line is especially fun.
Other than that it was a joy to ride for the day. I took my ipod with me but found that I turned it off about 15 minutes into a 5 hour ride. I had more fun listening to the little engine scream. I also found out that a lot of people on bikes and on foot were interested in the little 125. Most couldn't believe it was only a 125 and the guys who knew anything about bikes were surprised it was a 2 stroke on the street. The highlight of my day was when a dude on a mint (and I mean like brand new) Kenny Roberts RZ350 pulled up along side of me at a gas station and was going nuts over my little RS. I was more interested in his RZ. It was the nicest one I had ever seen in person. That was cool.
All in all I am happy with my purchase and I hope to have some epic fun on it this summer. I can't wait for the next time.