Rode an 09 hornet 600 today!
A few things first to prevent any confusion.
1) I am in England this week.
2) I have driven here many times, but never rode a bike in the U.K. before.
OK- I spend about 1 week a month in England, and let me say this, the Brits love motorcycles. A friend from over here rides his GSXR 750 year round, no exceptions. He introduced me a while back to a friend of his with a hornet 600.
This afternoon we met up and I was handed the key to a beautiful 09 Hornet 600, loaned a helmet and gloves, and I had a set of boots with me. I have a jacket and jeans as well. As the GSXR turns left out of the parking lot he nails it.
I'm already thinking this is not how I want it to start. We make our way through town and onto some British country roads. Maybe 10-15 minutes into it, and now I'm all smiles, comfortable with the bike and ready for these country roads.
I follow the lead and to my relief he is riding hard, but obviously not trying to leave me, enough so we are both enjoying it.
Put about 80 miles on it and at no time was I up against the bikes limits. It was always welcoming more than I gave. We had a great time, and I got the bike back to it's rightful owner right before some afternoon showers started to roll in.
Overall a really fun bike, I could just never quite relax enough to push it. Round-abouts and driving on the wrong side of the road (very narrow roads) Just made for a lot of new elements.