I'll let someone else do the talking for me. The handsome guy on top of my 1199 is Ken--I've mentioned him before, but in case anyone jumped ahead, any of us would happy being him. In addition to having a wonderful wife and kids (and a 276 acre ranch with a couple lakes on it), he's got a lifetime of stories that had me thinking I really need to start living and doing things. Seriously, he's been everywhere and done it all (I'm still trying to get the Malta story out of my head). Hell, he even built his own boat and sailed the Atlantic in it. He's polite and refined (he is English), but you know not to mess with him because he's both physically tenacious and has a mental/intellectual edge that will sort you out properly if you get out of line. He was a bit incredulous when I first showed up, mentioning how my choice in cross-country motorbikes could stand some improvement. Having ridden just about every bike ever made except a Ducati, I thought it was only right to toss him the key. (I believe he's got a little slip angle going on....) After a half-hour or so of riding he returned to exclaim (with a restrained voice and a huge smile), "that was the most fun I've ever had on a motorbike." After a pause he grew serious, confiding, "I will never forget that ride as long as I live." We then enjoyed tea and had more great conversation about life and motorbikes. Hard to top that, gentlemen.