Up early this morning after a restless night. Trying to get my head right and be up to the challenge of the mighty Road King. Picked it up this morning first thing. The folks a Dubbelju (the bike rental place) were most helpful getting me up to speed on the workings of the bike. Familiar in some ways, some ways not so much.
It is very different from my Triumphs. Riding position is very relaxed, feet forward It has floorboards instead of foot pegs. The configuration of the turn signals is a bit different. Very comfy saddle, ABS brakes, fuel injection, what are called moustach crash bars that I can put my feet up on for a different riding position and my favorite thing, cruise control. WooWhoo. I can cruise.
Pulled away from the rental place and first thing couldn't find where the shifter was. Everything is farther forward than I am used to. But did find it before the first stop light. Brakes are great. Love brakes.
Puttered around for a couple blocks and then up on the freeway. YeeHaw. Now that is some fine cruiser. Spent the better part of 4 hours running up and down the damn roads. Freeway, back roads, twisty mountain roads, ocean side roads. Stopped at a mall parking lot and practiced figure 8's and panic stops. Other than being a little tricky at low speeds, this thing is a gas! Even found a name for it.
Welcome, Beaux Hemoth.
|And so it begins|
|Ready to rumble|