Well I have by bike and I'm a happy man!
The ride home was good but in the searing 38c (110f) it was very hot; it didn't help that I got pulled over by the BIB (Boys in Brown - Police) for using an overpass!! There are a lot of antiquated laws here in Thailand one being that motorbikes are only allowed to use the left hand lane (we drive on the left here same as the UK) and cannot use overpasses, highways etc. Too be hones the fine is very small THB 200 ($6) but the inconvenience and 10 minutes stood I the sun was the real killer!
Initial thoughts, well it has been a long time out of the saddle, of a real bike, for me (over 5 years) and the last bike I had was a Fireblade. It is like comparing apples and oranges, I love the more upright position the scrambler offers and it is a really easy bike to ride.
1st gear was a little bit twitchy, but to be fair I think this is more about me getting used to riding again than the bike. Only 1 time did I struggle to get in to neutral, releasing the clutch to the bite point and then re-trying did the trick.
I am going to spend some time getting to know the bike in the next few weeks but I am really enjoying it so far, first mod I plan is to have the exhaust ceramic coated - the heat was noticeably and anything that can be done to lessen this must be a good thing! I'm thinking a matt black coating for the pipes, not sure if I am going to bother coating the silencer, anyone have experience/opinions on this?
A few pictures of my new steed are below, note no number plate, it will take at least 2 months until I can put a number plate on it so will be driving around anonymously until then!