phoenix76rb wrote:Hey Chuck, how is the Tour project coming along?
Sorry for the late reply. It's done. Been riding it a fair amount. It *does* handle very well, and is agile. It'll be fine to leave out in the grandkids place to ride the mountains of SoCal. The brakes suck, but having a good time in the canyons is all about carrying speed through the corners, and slowing down on the straights.
It's ugly as a board fence. The styling (carnivorous insect) may have been cutting edge when it was designed.. just looks dated to me. Gimme a Guzzi.
The engine? Capable but boring as a BMW.
The transmission? Wonderful is about all I can say about it.
The brakes? I'll try some HH pads before binning them, but see the first paragraph.
Riding position? Excellent.
Chassis? Stiff and solid. The nonadjustable forks seem to be really good, strangely enough. I'd say they got that right.
The electrical system? Yuck. What's up with those mystery diodes, non sealed connectors, etc,?
Wheels? Meh. Fine for a street ridden bike, IMHO.
All in all, I'm happy with it. There is no perfect motorcycle.