"the Speedy". Not "Athena". I guess you've completed the separation and migration to Lilah.
She's still Athena, but... yeah, I gotta at least try to get some dollars out of her. Trying to not get overly sentimental about it. (Which is much easier with a new, functioning bike in the garage.)
If I can't get more than scrap value... fuck, I dunno, I'll bury her in the back yard? A buddy has a plan to try to fix the oil issue. Cross your fingers.
Honestly, it does feel weird to be riding such a nice, clean bike. It's been a very, very long time sin
jae wrote:I'm interested to hear your opinions on the Scout after you've owned and ridden it for about 6 months. I've been considering one myself, but have yet to go for a test ride.
Go take the test ride. If you started this thread from the beginning you saw my initial post. It still holds true.
I got to ride her—I won't say "in anger" yet, as I'm still pretending to pay attention to the break-in instructions, but—"with authority" last night for about an hour.
It's been a long time since I've had such a case of the giggles. Like, serious, uncontrollable (likely, maniacal) laughter.
It is probably unwise that I have a bike this fast—especially one with brand-new shiny slippery tires.
It's not quite as torquey as the Triumph (either the new Bobber or Athena), but it's plenty adequate. I'm still trying to figure out the throttle-by-wire as well as a new (and very different) clutch.
I dont' like the tach. It's digital, and you can only see it in one "mode" of the "Multi-function Panel."
Then again, I think the tach might be superfluous most of the time. The manual says redline is 8.3k, but apparently that's just the limiter, the engine will happily do more... (Cycleworld originally published it as 9k.)
For example, I was loping along at nearly 70mph in 5th at under 4k RPM. Engine wasn't really trying, almost lugging.... And I had another gear to go.
(This is what made me get the giggles.)
She's like a slightly more sedate Kawi ZRX—so much power on tap that you could make due from dead-stop to 100 in third gear alone (with some delicate clutch work). I know this is possible. I did it on GOSTAZ's bike.
She's happy to be a little putt-putt cruiser, but if you turn that throttle just a little bit farther... magical things happen.
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