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Well picked up my FT from Riders at Bridgewater at the beginning of July. Excellent service and great help from those guys.

It's a 70+ mile ride back from Bridgewater so as it's summertime thought I'd better dig out my waterproofs! Now I haven't had a bike for at least five years and had a house move in between. Ventured into the garage a few days before the big day and after a frantic 15 minute search I definitely didn't find them. Arse! Ah well better order a new jacket then!

The big day arrives and it's lashing down on the way to Bridgewater, surely not as the weather report says mostly sunny with scattered showers. Just as well I brought the new jacket. The A39 had also been resurfaced in places the cheap way - dump a load of chippings on top of hot tarmac and let the traffic push it in for you. Nice.

We eventually arrived a little later than expected and I must thank my lovely, patient other half for taking me there, she's fantastic. The final paperwork bits were completed, waterproofs donned and with a big grin and a rapid heartbeat I started the journey home - and it was sunny.

The ride was excellent, the bike has plenty of torque and is very nimble. I was really impressed with the handling and the acceleration is pretty good as well. You get a real feel of the road and unlike parallel fours there's real character in the bike. Love the riding position, so comfortable compared to sports bike but pretty exposed when it started to lash down. Never mind I've got a new bike! The relatively short journey went smoothly and the new waterproof worked. Managed to avoid paint chips from the A39 as well. The engine braking is pretty impressive and the snarly popping from the exhaust continues to make me smile.

The handling and grin factor on the twisty North Devon back roads is great and it handles beautifully, cranking over more than I expected. One added bonus is the flat black paint work. After giving it a good wash and chamois there's no need to flap around with polish. Bonus!

So, after a few weeks now of owning a FT and the bike itself still delivers in all ways. The colour scheme and layout is striking and attracts a lot of attention.

First impressions? Absolutely awesome, real fun and easy to ride and a great looking bike.

cheers, Joe
 

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Well picked up my FT from Riders at Bridgewater at the beginning of July. Excellent service and great help from those guys.

It's a 70+ mile ride back from Bridgewater so as it's summertime thought I'd better dig out my waterproofs! Now I haven't had a bike for at least five years and had a house move in between. Ventured into the garage a few days before the big day and after a frantic 15 minute search I definitely didn't find them. Arse! Ah well better order a new jacket then!

The big day arrives and it's lashing down on the way to Bridgewater, surely not as the weather report says mostly sunny with scattered showers. Just as well I brought the new jacket. The A39 had also been resurfaced in places the cheap way - dump a load of chippings on top of hot tarmac and let the traffic push it in for you. Nice.

We eventually arrived a little later than expected and I must thank my lovely, patient other half for taking me there, she's fantastic. The final paperwork bits were completed, waterproofs donned and with a big grin and a rapid heartbeat I started the journey home - and it was sunny.

The ride was excellent, the bike has plenty of torque and is very nimble. I was really impressed with the handling and the acceleration is pretty good as well. You get a real feel of the road and unlike parallel fours there's real character in the bike. Love the riding position, so comfortable compared to sports bike but pretty exposed when it started to lash down. Never mind I've got a new bike! The relatively short journey went smoothly and the new waterproof worked. Managed to avoid paint chips from the A39 as well. The engine braking is pretty impressive and the snarly popping from the exhaust continues to make me smile.

The handling and grin factor on the twisty North Devon back roads is great and it handles beautifully, cranking over more than I expected. One added bonus is the flat black paint work. After giving it a good wash and chamois there's no need to flap around with polish. Bonus!

So, after a few weeks now of owning a FT and the bike itself still delivers in all ways. The colour scheme and layout is striking and attracts a lot of attention.

First impressions? Absolutely awesome, real fun and easy to ride and a great looking bike.

cheers, Joe
 
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