January 02nd, 2014
The weather forecast for the last few days was claiming that today was going to be warm(ish) and sunny. The day didn't disappoint, but annoyingly I had a meeting which delayed me at work for nearly an hour. By the time I got home, there was still enough warmth and sunlight to take the big bike out. She didn't start first time, which was a little alarming, but eventually she fired up filling the garage with the sound I had become so familiar with throughout last year. Moving the bike around however was weird. The handlebars on the 1098s are thinner than those on the Monster and a hell of a lot lower and I even stalled it when pulling away the first time. It also didn't help that for the first 2 miles the bike felt alien to me.
I didn't want nor expect to be out long and to start with the tyres seemingly had no grip at all. Thankfully though they got some heat into them fairly quickly. I had a route I wanted to take, which was nothing special, but it gave me a chance to ride and not sit in traffic. Today I just wanted to take advantage of the break in the weather and ride my bike. Isn't that the point in owning one of these things. It really is such a different bike to the Monster and I'm not ashamed to say it, but I love this bike more than any other I've ridden or owned.
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My name is Matt Brown and I'm a UK journalist formerly based in London, but now calling the South of England home. I've been riding bikes since 2007, but got hooked straight away. Nothing gives me the feeling of freedom, even when stuck in a city. In 2010 I became a RoSPA gold rider, but when it comes down to it, I'm Just a normal man, riding his bikes as often as he can.