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I picked "Daffy" up today. I enjoyed the 20 mile ride home on A roads and only got a few spits of rain on my visor. It's very much as I remembered it from the demo ride, so I'm very happy with it. I also think that it looks gorgeous in yellow. Actually the low plate mount is starting to grow on me, much to my surprise. It also has my personalised plate of course.








 

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Hi Jet great to see another girly rider! Love the number plate :). Getting really impatient for mine lol!
Mine took one day short of seven weeks from order to delivery. Hopefully Ducati are slowly catching up and yours won't take as long.
 

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I picked "Daffy" up today. I enjoyed the 20 mile ride home on A roads and only got a few spits of rain on my visor. It's very much as I remembered it from the demo ride, so I'm very happy with it. I also think that it looks gorgeous in yellow. Actually the low plate mount is starting to grow on me, much to my surprise. It also has my personalised plate of course.








What No carpet in the garage? Congratulations Jet.
 

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I see you're toasting the new bike with a hot beverage in your new coordinating mug, congratulations Jet!
The coordinated mug has now been replaced by an uncoordinated wineglass! >:D
 

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More miles, more photos

I did about 50 miles on "Daffy" today, on very varied roads, from small windy roads with lots of railway bridges to go over to a brief stretch of motorway.


I'm really happy with the bike. I've not got any complaints about the suspension, brakes or gearbox at all. I did have trouble getting it into neutral once yesterday, when it had only done about 25 miles. No problems at all today. It is taking me a little time to get fully used to the throttle, though I'm already most of the way there. All my recent bikes have been large-capacity Japanese four cylinder ones, and a V-twin is very different. What I would say now, after a few miles, though is that I do not believe that there is anything wrong with the fuelling or that the throttle is jerky. It's just an adjustment process for somebody like me who isn't used to riding V-twins.


I also had to push the bike around from on board for the first significant time today, after stopping for some photos. If anything it was even easier than I'd hoped/expected. I could push it backwards up a mild slope quite easily, something I couldn't have come close to doing on the FZ1 I had before.


And now some pictures.


The first one was taken in Brean, a small coastal resort a little south of Weston-Super-Mare. In the summer it's full of tourists, staying in caravan parks or the local Pontins resort. Right now, most of it is still closed for the winter.





The second one was taken at a local garden centre - Daffy and daffodils :D


 

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Let my husband have a go

It was freezing cold this morning, but there was no road salt, so I went out and did another 30 miles, taking it through its first 100. It already feels a lot better than when I got it and is an absolute joy to ride. When I got back I suggested that my husband, Andy, might like to make me a mug of soup and then have a go on the bike. Here are his impressions:


I have only ridden the bike about six miles, so I guess this just counts as my "round the block" impression, but I was very taken with it. It felt very small and manageable to me (admittedly after my rather excessively huge 590lb Triumph Sprint GT), but it still coped with my 6'1" 210lb overweight bulk well. Except, inevitably, for the seat, which would no doubt be fine for shorter riders, but on which I was almost sitting on the pillion space!


It rides beautifully though, doesn't it. Lovely light clutch and gearbox, responsive (I had been warned!) but not overly responsive throttle, and an engine that is happy to slug at low revs even with only 100 miles on the clock. I really enjoyed it, on a run through our estate, over the motorway junction and up the local A-road and back. Good brakes, nice handling and steering. Love the high, wide bars too. Loads of fun! Cheers.
 

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500 miles done

Well I came home from today's ride with 501 miles on the clock. That's quite good timing as Daffy is booked in for her 600 mile service a week today. I've now had her for four weeks.


I've really enjoyed the first 500 miles, even though the revs have been limited. What I can now say is that she's got a lot easier to ride at low speeds. I think it has been a two-way process of me getting used to the quick throttle action and the bike getting a bit "softer" with a few miles on the clock. The suspension is firm, but it hasn't bothered me all that much. I've not suffered from the false neutral problem that some others have. I've sometimes had a few problems getting her into neutral though. Early on it was a bit sticky at times, then it improved. It then started to get worse again, so I tightened the clutch cable a little and it's pretty good again now.


One small failure was the right rear indicator bulb about a hundred miles ago. The replacement cost £2.50 at Halfords, and it isn't looking like an underlying electrical problem, just a blown bulb, at this point.


I'm really happy with the bike, and looking forward to being to use a few more revs once it has had its service. >:D
 
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