So the GSXR 750 it was and I thought that was that. But then due to unexpected circumstances I had a lot of time to think about this and I realized whenever I pictured a GSXR 750 in my garage, I was just like “Meh”. It was purely a decision of the head. I was not terribly excited about the thought. So I let it play and let other ideas germinate. Sometimes when a choice is not immediately apparent, you need to sow some seeds and let them germinate. Unexpected results can eventuate.
So out of the confusing fog, a recurring theme started to take form. It had a v4 engine and handling like a 600. Now, if you’ve been paying attention to my test rides you would know I had started to fall for the Aprilia RSV4R! Yes, that’s the one that kept coming back to me and the Beemer was well and truly forgotten. The beemer is from the Honda mould, just better. But when you get off either of those bikes after a satisfying run, you think fuck that was a great ride. But when you get off the Aprilia, you think, fuck that was a great ride and damn that bike is awesome. Maybe that is what they call character, the bike leaves you some memories of itself every time you ride it.
The RSV4R was out of my budget but a motorcycle buying budget is a funny thing. It seems unshakeably rigid till you start getting wet dreams about a particular bike and you wake up next morning realizing that there is flex in the budget today. And the next day the budget flexes some more till after a few days of thinking, calculating, promising and negotiating with the finance minister, one fine day you find that the budget has indeed stretched far enough to be able to negotiate on an RSV4R!
And then WHAM! just when you thought it was all settled and you start scouting for the best bargain RSV4R in Australia, out of nowhere your mate Pete walks over and offers a test ride his 2011 MV Agusta F4.
And because you are a bike whore and a nice guy, you oblige, not expecting your world to be rocked.
The riding position is a bitch though, I’m sure I’ll be wriggling my arse around a bit on the freeways. But fucking who cares, I will deal with it.
When I started this test riding journey, I was looking for a bike to wow me. The Beemer and the RSV did but not to the point where I instantly decided to blow my budget. The GSXR was a decision of the head and I’m glad I didn’t go with that coz even thought it’s a brilliant motorcycle in its own right, I know I would be on bike sales the day after I bought it, researching my next bike.
The MV Agusta F4, is a decision of the heart. It has grabbed me by the balls, looked me in the eyes and asked the question. And I am glad to say that I have answered its call even if i've blown my budget to smithereens and have to take lunch from home for the next 2 years. Time will tell what is what.
Hail motorcycles of the heart, fucken!