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Do to the gracious invitation of Sean, Marty, Doug and the rest of the Sunday morning riding crowd, I took my just returned from service Brutale 910s for a "stretch of the legs" this morning.

My thanks and apologies to the riding team. I learned quite a bit - first, any semblance of denial that I am 60 years old disappeared quickly. Not only was I the slowest rider (I was passed by a bird), but I can't hear or see very well either. With my earplugs in I was able to tell when I was approaching the riders waiting for me at a stop sign or traffic light, but they were too far ahead of me to see them clearly.

Second, riding a Brutale is very different from riding anything else. Yes, I've had "performance" oriented machines in the past, but riding alone with a performance machine allows you to believe that your "fast". Being on a Brutale requires real skill. The bike has so much capability that any flaw in your riding style becomes very visible very quickly. I thank my riding companions for being very gracious with me today. It's one thing to take the "new guy" along - it's quite another to be able to cook a pig with all the trimming while you wait for him to catch up.

Third, I learned that the "Rev limiter" indicator on the dash actually is functional. Imagine my surprise when it kept turning red during my ride. I never had the opportunity to try it out. I saw it light up lots of times - quite a lot of fun. It also helped me to realize that the bike is not a fragile museum piece - it's meant to be driven hard, hopefully by someone who knows how to ride it.

By the end of the ride I wasn't any faster, but I was a lot more confident that Sophia is one hot babe. Doug, the MV Agusta mechanic who helped put her back together, was one of the riders in our group and he checked on both of us at every stop. I don't think the group realizes how often that is when you have an old man bladder.

Finally, although I have a lot to learn, I rarely had the Brutale under 8K RPMs, and usually 9K -11K. At that level the bike literally drinks gas like a sailor on leave drinks beer. Although I filled up before the ride, the fuel warning came on before the rest of the gang was finished riding. They kindly found a station and waited for me to feed Sophia some high grade beverage. I think I averaged 17 MPG on that tank. Pretty cheap for the amount of fun I had.

Thanks again to my riding companions for allowing me to get to know Sophia better, even though they could have left me in the dust they all were patient and friendly.

Thanks to Doug and Rory, top shelf professional mechanics, who restored Sophia to her original glory.

Thanks to this forum for giving me the confidence to buy the Brutale in the first place.

Finally - two thoughts to put things in perspective. Even though I was the slowest rider (by far) I still had a ball. And I had a wave of satisfaction as I passed a Chrysler minivan just after a tight corner. Second - on the way home I stopped to fill Sophia with my preferred gas - Shell 93 - and still had my helmet on. I confess to having the wrong gear - jeans and a Vanson ventilated jacket, generic "biker" style boots. I pretty young thing in a Honda S2000 pulled in for gas right next to me. She was attracted by the Brutale. When she saw it she smiled a very radiant smile and looked my way. So I took sucked in my gut, and took off my helmet while smiling back at her, and I saw a look of horror in her face. "Is that your son's bike?" she asked. "No, it's mine" I beamed in reply. "Oh, I thought that bike was for a younger guy." I still haven't recovered nearly two hours later.

Wonderful fun the Brutale - doctors should order them instead of Viagra.
 

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I am glad you had a great time. It is all about having fun. I hope your wife doesn't read this post. I am just a young whippersnapper at 55. I hope you have many more fun rides on Sophie and with the group.
 

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Don't be too hard on your self. Marty and Sean are damn fast.
I knew you would love it once it was set up right.

That red light is the "shift light". Just ask Cdamb.
 

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Don't be too hard on your self. Marty and Sean are damn fast.
I knew you would love it once it was set up right.

That red light is the "shift light". Just ask Cdamb.
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G'd onya Len....yep, I reading the thoughts of a man who's very happy with his mistress !!
 
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