So Iâ€™ve been asked to do a review of the â€œnewâ€ bike. When I first rode it home I thought it was a complete pig. It had been sitting around for 12 months, had a bald rear tyre, really, really stale petrol and as I found out later the tyre pressures were way down. It also had an 18 tooth front sprocket. The result was I had to really wrestle it into corners, it was nothing special power wise and I had to slip the clutch off the line. Those things were all fixed within the first few days of ownership. So what it like after a few weeks of ownership? Well I find it a dichotomy of a bike: - Itâ€™s a great hyper tourer, but some pommy bolted the clip-ons to the front axle making it impossible to ride it for more than 90km at a time. - Itâ€™s engine sounds like a tractor below 3000 rpm, but at that engine speed the Triumph elf arrives and steals the tractor engine and replaces it with 3 cylinders it stole from an F1 car. - From many angles the body is the sexiest ever made. From others it looks like a 916 that has been putting too many sugars in its latte. The only other purpose the body seems to serve is to keep engine heat within the bike only to release it to your upper thighs (is that what they mean by sex on two wheels?). It certainly does nothing to keep the wind off you. So whatâ€™s it like to ride? Well the thing I notice, compared to the old girl, is the ability to change line mid-corner. Due to the wet weather in Sydney and a nothing special rider, Iâ€™ve had it nowhere near its handling limit yet. Not only that the fork oil is too light for me, as Iâ€™m at max damping both ways at the front, so once I put some heavier weight oil I expect it to get even better. So overall Iâ€™m very happy with the bike. A 17 tooth front sprocket has already found its way into it. With the 18 tooth I would never have used 5th, let alone 6th. I will do the fork oil and Iâ€™m thinking about some Tingate clip-ons. I also plan on doing some rider training to get more out of the bike. The design of the bike really floats my engineering boat. 3 cylinders is the right amount of cylinders for a bike AFAIC. Oh and Iâ€™ve already had my first electrical failure. I canâ€™t blame the bike however. The previous owner had lost the batter terminal nut and had just wired the lead on. The wire came loose and the result was a no start. Iâ€™ll try and write a bit more of a review once Iâ€™ve done the fork oil and taken through some decent twisties.