Sunday morning and I left the house at about 08:15 heading up through Potters Bar, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City and Knebworth towards Stevenage. It was during this ride that I really noticed how snatchy the fuelling was, especially when trying to hold a constant throttle, coming down the box and using some engine braking. Less than ideal, so in order to smooth out the ride, I was thrashing it everywhere, which was, I will be honest, enormous fun.
I arrived around an hour later and after parking up, I wandered in and found Mike setting up, wiping the bikes down and getting ready for the day. I was actually really looking forward to spending the day there. Its always nice to talk about bikes with people, especially Ducatis. Spending the day with a friend also helps, otherwise it could be utter torture. We played around with the layout of our little area, which was really understated compared to those of BMW and Suzuki who were there being represented by two local dealers. Mike felt, and rightly so, that the Diavel Carbon would be 'the' bike for us, so flanking it with the Hypermotard and a Tricolour 1199 Panigale, we utilised a concrete walkway to stop the bikes from sinking during the day.
As I had the Hyper with me, I used it for work this morning. Hopefully the thunderous Termi exhaust didn't wake anybody when I left, but there's not a huge amount I can do about it now. After a fairly dull eight hours in the office I heading back out of the London, ready to deliver the bike back to Mike. With the correct fuel map installed, the Hypermotard would make an awesome city bike. Its fun, agile and quick. The only downside it that it encourages you to misbehave, the tank is tiny and there is no room for luggage. But lets me honest here, who needs to worry about that when the fun factor is so high. So at 13:30 I handed the keys back and my little two day biking oasis came to an end. I hung my jacket up, put my lid away and I now I'm back to waiting, waiting for my bike to come back. The part needed to fix my Ducati left Italy this morning. It feels like its been a long time, but it will be worth it I can assure you.