It’s Sunday arvo and even though I’m at my desk working I have a bit of a happy glow about me.
First up though, the bad news.
I had to return the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro during the week. It worked out returning the Multistrada 950 at the same time was the most efficient way of doing it, so now, sadly, I’m Ducatiless. Both those bikes were awesome. The 950 was an absolute stinger. Craig Murcott rode it for a couple of photos then disappeared. I wondered if he was ever coming back.
He turned up eventually, looking immensely pleased with himself.
It’s been a long time since I was as impressed by a bike the way I was impressed by the 1200 Ducati, and the 950 was just a tear-arse, road-oriented delight. So I wasn’t overly happy about having to return them. Still, I count myself as lucky for having been able to experience bikes like those. I could never afford to own either, and I’ll never be a good enough rider that the companies want me sample them. I’m rapt to have had the opportunity.
If there is a bike that’s impressed me as much as the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, it’s Husqvarna’s 701 Enduro. I couldn’t believe how good the bike was last year, but for 2017 it now has more power – a stunning 74 horsepower from a 700cc single.
Holy Mother of Dog!
And the bike feels as light as a 450.
What a bike!
It’s very much a dirt bike though, and that won’t suit everyone. I’m lucky enough to have the Husky for a Simpson crossing soon, and it’s hard to imagine a better bike for purpose. It’s incredible.
I dropped in to Marty HC’s place to see what he was up to, and he seemed to like the idea of maybe getting a ride on the Husky. He’s planning a day on the bike this coming week, and if I can make it I’ll join him. Maybe he’ll get his wish.
The other side of the coin is work being very demanding at the moment. I get to ride great bikes, but there’s a price to be paid, and this week the price will involve long hours at my desk. I’m not holding out a lot of hope getting back on a bike any time soon.
We’ll see though. Anything could happen. I’ll have my fingers crossed.
Piney was nice and slippery today, and there was a lot of dirt-bike traffic on the trails.