After a week that can only be described as fooking hectic, we were finally ready on the Friday of the Rally weekend.
It’s now Thursday morning – four days after the 2005 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally wrapped-up and I’m still finding it hard to get through the day without crawling into the big soft accommodating bed that is just a few rooms away from my home office.
It’s taken a while for these two big scoots to make it to Canada, the Silverwing has been available for the last couple of years in just about every market except for Canada; the Big Ruckus was introduced to the Japanese market just last year.
Coming around corner four, I took a glance behind me to see Oliver Jervis from Canadian Biker and Le Guide de Moto’s Bertrand Gahel closing in fast behind me. Before I have time to think of a suitable blocking maneuver, they’re either side of me.
It was one of those heart-in-mouth moments. After a few laps on the Shannonville circuit on Buell’s radical XB12S Lightning, I was starting to think that I’d gotten this beast sussed. Its wide bars and short wheelbase were making the tight circuit rather enjoyable
So here we are in the spring of 2005, very timely, telling you all about two bikes that were new in 2004 when we actually tested them. Well, better late than never I guess, and thankfully changes for 2005 are limited: new colour schemes, and the Sportster getting an upgraded headlamp, and slightly stiffened rear end.
It seemed like a pretty good comparison. Suzuki had just launched a revamped and boosted capacity Bandit 650, while Kawasaki had just introduced a half-faired, more touring-friendly version of their Z750, the Z750S.
Welcome to part one of the CMG big-arsed scooter test (hmhhh, I wonder how many times I can say that?).
Since we still had both the SV and DL when we hit Shannonville for a track day a few days later, we thought it might be interesting to tape up the lights and put them out there to see what they can do. After all, the SV’s supposed to be the tuned-up motor and in a more sporty chassis than the V-Strom, so what better place?
I wake up at 7 a.m. I’m in a motel room with a freshly showered Mr. Seck doing the wakey-wakey chant. Then comes the realization that I’m about to embark on a 12-hour endurance ride around the back-end of northern Ontario in search of obscure clues in obscure places for some kind of obscure pleasure. Welcome to the Blackfly Rally – 12 or 24 hours of non-stop riding to test man and machine with no plausible reason other than to ride … a lot.