Had my Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 out a we blip today on dry roads with sunshine (rare i know), headed to my local Honda motorcycle dealer in Falkirk, Scotland, UK.
Had an un-planned test-ride on Honda's CrossTourer 1200cc 'V4', shaft drive, spoke wheels, heated grips, 21.5 litre fuel tank, gear indicator, full luggage, 130 brake horse power, 'ABS' brakes....
Took it out a short 40 mile run on back roads/twisties/dual carriageway etc, HOLY SMOKE, what fun, shaft drive is super smooooth up the gears (clutchless gear changes), mirrors that really work, comfy heated grips and riding position. I hit 97mph in 2nd gear on the rev limiter, THUG bike ok, superb!
Phenomenal brakes!! A brilliant all-rounder. I was riding along in 5th gear at 33mph remembering it pulling away so smoothly, fabulous 'V4' grunty engine, utterly stunning package!! Well done Honda.
Would I have one tomorrow.....(? ? ), hell YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm in love.
(p.s. did I mention the smooooothnes of the beautiful 'V4' engine).