Well just look at who dropped by Joey's last night while I was there.... It was Jose with my old Duc. And I'm happy to report that he's keeping it in fine shape.
Came time to leave and we both were ready to go and neither of us was in any real hurry to get home so we took off for a mini ride around through Coquitlam and Port Moody finishing up at SFU where he met another bud out for a ride.
5 minutes into the ride at a red light we swap off so I can relive the old memories. "My" Duc is still a pretty nice bike to ride for the real world. Sure it shakes a little more than the 9R and it doesn't have that turbine like quality that want's to push you past the sound barrier (but officer, I COULDN'T have been going THAT fast ). But it does ooze personality from every pore and do so many of the important things so well that this stuff can be forgiven.
I was a little stiff on it at first but as soon as I remembered to loosen up my arms the bike settled down and ran straight as a laser pointer. I'd forgotten that when you get lazy and lean on your arms the bike has a tendency to hunt around as it follows little road irregularities.
Neither of us got to thrash each other's bikes thanks to heavy traffic but it was nice to just cruise around on the Duc and remember the qualities that made me fall in love with it in the first place.
Unfortunetly the one overriding quality that made me fall OUT of love with it still plagues Jose on occasion....... It REALLY doesn't like heavy rain. The spray off the front wheel rooster tails up onto the front cylinder and super cools it causing the engine to run really, really sick until it boils off the water and warms up again........ Not a great quality for touring 'round the lower mainland.
Any way. A big ol' to Jose for letting me take this trip down memory lane.......