I don’t usually immediately feel comfortable on a bike and start going fast. Even on the Tuono, it has taken me a while to get comfortable with it, playing with suspension settings etc. But the 1290, I got on it, thought I’d take it easy and then immediately proceeded to float the front wheel in second gear at a Hundred kilometres an hour. I throttled off at an approaching corner and suddenly realizing I was going a lot faster than I thought I was, slammed the front brakes hard. The bike pivoted around the contact patch of the front tyre threatening to lift the rear wheel, the front forks shook a little and I thought I’m going to lose the front on the first corner I hit. Fuck! But the bike settled, turned into the corner effortlessly and I laughed in my helmet like a loon.
When we stopped to refuel at Khancoban, Daz said it has a 300KM range and he didn't need fuel. I said I'm not giving the keys back, lets keep riding.
A bike that performs as well as it looks?