The bloody thing rips hard but. Rolling on in 4th gear from 100KMPH sees 170 come up in the blink of an eye. The suddenness of the acceleration and the exponential increase in wind pressure nearly dropped me off the back as I inadvertently twisted the throttle even more! Then I hit Mount Kiera and it all made sense again. Tight, technical and bumpy, I love Mount Kiera road. Its only short, maybe 30 corners over 5 Ks but stringing them together is hugely enjoyable and I’ve never enjoyed them more than on the Monster. Enough grunt to carry it all in 2nd gear and a couple of times I whacked the throttle hard on the exit of a 25K corner, the Monster snarled and the front lifted a foot off the ground.
It was bike central at the Robertson Pie shop too and some beautiful bikes were getting a good tan in the sun. Got chatting to a couple of wizened gents on sportsbikes. One was on a Panigale S tricolour, the other one on a tricked Busa. I could tell, by their relaxed manner, that they were old timers at this “going fast” game and quite enjoyed chatting to them about everything from Squids to MotoGP.
It was an epic day. Hard and fast in the twisty bits but plenty of breaks and just enjoying the day at my pace. The fuel range was fantastic though I don’t know exactly how many Ks I got as I couldn’t work out how to reset the bloody trip meter, the dash has so much information and options!
Overall, the Monster does have limitations for high speed touring. Not insurmountable ones. Sure you could fit a screen and put rearsets on it to make it more comfortable at higher speeds but that would fundamentally change the look and character of the bike. I don’t plan to do either. I love it as it is and for 90% of my riding, I cannot think of a better bike on the planet.
I am really starting to like the look of it too. I’ve ordered some bits to clean up the rear, which should help with the gag reflex everytime I walk around it.