Join Date: May 2016
Location: Olajoe808 I'm sorry but you are too cool for this forum
Took the 12 out for it's first ride since this round of maintenance. I'm just stating the obvious here but perhaps something I can reflect on going forward. Since owning the 12 I've always done its maintenance. A little bit here and there, telling myself that's good enough. One month brakes, next month tires, etc. This was the first time this level of maintenance was completed in the amount of time. It was so much more than just going at it piece by piece. Went up to the canyons yesterday our last day before winter, (it's here now as I type). While riding the canyons I'll time myself and yesterday was the same. About the same time previous rides. A nice pace. Enough to enjoy the bike, the ride, and the moment itself. But yesterday was very different in that the second half of the canyons was hit with snow and the roads were covered with ice. It was as if the bike didn't know it and kept begging for more. Made a statement to me about bundled maintenance vs doing it piece by piece. On the way back rode through the metro. Which is to say bumper to bumper traffic. Modern day sportbikes, liter bikes and smaller, piloted with competent riders will zig zag, tic tac effortlessly through the gridlock without interrupting the flow of traffic. I'm ok with that as long as you're not interferring with other motorists, forcing them to jam their brakes and being the cause of accidents, road rage, or police intervention. Well yesterday a r1 and yzf r6 rode up next to me in the gridlock. I figured they'd just blast off, I can't do that in town. They did and they didn't get very far. We came together again and I wanted to see how the 12 would handle side by side without having to use full throttle. We tic tacked, they disappeared. We came together and did it again. Same result. I can't say it was all the four pot calipers as it was bundled in with everything else but the difference now is like this analogy that comes to mind. The six pots being the 60lb kid on the seesaw when the kid on the other end is 65lbs. Close to equilibrium, but the heavier kid has got the advantage. The 4 pot is the 60lb kid that put on 4 lbs over the summer and the equilibrium is a matter of body positioning. Perhaps those riders noticed my 12s calipers. A coincidence those are the same bikes these recently installed 4 pot calipers were used on.