I rode the new bike home today, and man is she sweet! Eve’s a fun little ride in town, but this bike felt far more comfortable on the open road. The throttle response was about the same, but she held her line much better and even the winds from the open fields and from passing semis had little effect on me. The Wife followed me home, and after about 15 miles I was throwing her the horns over my shoulder.
This Shadow has a nice, throaty rumble. At 600cc she’s far from the biggest and loudest gal on the block, but at 55-65mph she continued to purr right along. Eve’s 250cc engine revved high at those speeds, and as such she could be a little hard on the ears (more the pitch than the volume). It’s like going from Fran Drescher to Sally Kellerman, something my neighbors will be thankful for when I warm her up in the morning.
I haven’t named her yet, but that will come soon. As I discussed before, that’s something I feel is important. I’ve got a few candidates (and suddenly Sally is on the list), but none have leaped out at me yet. I’m sure she’ll pick one over the next few rides.
Pictures to come tomorrow, then I’ll shut up about her for a while.