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I can't believe it's been a week. I've already booked it in for its first service (yes, I've been riding it a bit). Unfortunately, they can't do it until early in the new year - so I might have to change the oil myself, at least.

There are very few things I've purchased where the novelty hasn't worn off fairly quickly. That's just basic psychology. In this case, because this machine can demand skills far above mine, there will always be a challenge for me - and I'm sure my passion will only grow.

Anyway, some more things I've learned:

1. I need to get some information sheets printed up to hand out to people walking past. :) It was really nice to have all the attention for the first couple of days, but it's wearing a little thin now. I've even had some tourists take a photo of their little girl sitting on it - which was nice.

2. I didn't realise that I'd bought two bikes. The first one exists below about 7,000RPM, and the second one comes to life above 7,000RPM. Quite a difference!

3. I'll be buying one of those under-seat fuel containers for emergencies. Petrol stations can be a long way apart in Oz, and 140km on a tank might cause problems.

4. I wish I was young, good looking, and single again. Well, not really - but you know what I mean! :grin:

5. I don't think I'll ever get the steering problem fixed - you know, the one that takes you the long way home every day...
 

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Nice thoughts, any modifications planned?
I have a rear hugger and a matris damper on the way from eMoto (I hope). They've apparently had some problems getting hold of the damper, and I'm just waiting to hear from them. Oh - and a tank bag... :)
 

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I can't believe it's been a week. I've already booked it in for its first service (yes, I've been riding it a bit). Unfortunately, they can't do it until early in the new year - so I might have to change the oil myself, at least.

There are very few things I've purchased where the novelty hasn't worn off fairly quickly. That's just basic psychology. In this case, because this machine can demand skills far above mine, there will always be a challenge for me - and I'm sure my passion will only grow.

Anyway, some more things I've learned:

1. I need to get some information sheets printed up to hand out to people walking past. :) It was really nice to have all the attention for the first couple of days, but it's wearing a little thin now. I've even had some tourists take a photo of their little girl sitting on it - which was nice.

2. I didn't realise that I'd bought two bikes. The first one exists below about 7,000RPM, and the second one comes to life above 7,000RPM. Quite a difference!

3. I'll be buying one of those under-seat fuel containers for emergencies. Petrol stations can be a long way apart in Oz, and 140km on a tank might cause problems.

4. I wish I was young, good looking, and single again. Well, not really - but you know what I mean! :grin:

5. I don't think I'll ever get the steering problem fixed - you know, the one that takes you the long way home every day...

what a great read
the "duality" of the bike is one of its most intriguing features

i LOVE #4

where I live.....
the bike does NOT get the notice that you mention
unless i stop where there is a group of riders... folks rarely come over and ask about the bike.
i might be the only one with that experience (and.... i'm sure you realize that i'm fine with that)... it just always struck me as a bit odd.

once again....
i wish that we weren't half-a-planet away from each other
weekly rides with YOU would be a very welcome event

continue to enjoy what has to be one of the most amazing bikes every created



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I'll meet you halfway Greg - although it might be a little wet in the middle of the Pacific... :)

The security guys at university told me not to leave the bike in the motorcycle bays tonight. They told me to ride it up and leave it outside my office, because "You can't leave something gorgeous and naked alone in a carpark." :)
 

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I'll meet you halfway Greg - although it might be a little wet in the middle of the Pacific... :)

The security guys at university told me not to leave the bike in the motorcycle bays tonight. They told me to ride it up and leave it outside my office, because "You can't leave something gorgeous and naked alone in a carpark." :)

we could ride around the deck of some ocean liner :)

i'm glad you left it outside your office....
great comment about the "naked and alone"



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What a sad image - a couple of Brutale nuts doing laps of the poop deck. Do you think we'd be having dinner with the captain? :)

Actually, we could always do a fry-up on the engine - it's sure hot enough!
 

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You know, it is funny. I agree with Greg. My bike doesn't get too many second looks. They sure look when I am blowing by them on the road though. I can identify with the "steering problem". I just don't think that this bike will ever turn into "just another one of my bikes". It is reallt and truly a special machine. I do have one regret....not buying one sooner....
 

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You are right. People in the US notice HD's and of course Choppers. We are so not cool because our forks don't extend 6 feet out. Oh well, call me an idiot, but I'll take my Brutale....
 

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It's ok...makes me feel intellectually superior! Actually, whatever anyone wants to ride is fine with me. I know I've got the best..so do you!
 

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People in Washington State must be more aware of sport bikes. From my own prospective I can say on any given day I see just as many sport bikes as cruisers. I can’t think of a time when I’ve stopped somewhere that no one was spotted admiring my bike. They seem to know the bike is not something one sees every day. From the moment it emerges into public view I’m aware people are gawking at it from their cars at intersections and turning their heads as they pass. Every time I park some place I can usually expect someone to walk over and say “nice bike, what is it”? When you tell them it’s an MV Agusta the confusion on their face doesn’t change. Most Cruisers don’t have a clue what they are looking at and have never heard of MV Agusta. Sport bike guys know immediately they are looking at something very unique and usually something they have never seen in person. I’ve lost count how many bikes I’ve owned over the years but I’ve never had one that got as much attention as my bright red Brutale. In the last four years I’ve had four different bikes while my son was working at a Honda/Suzuki dealership. Only on a few occasions did someone come out and look at my VTX or R-1 when I stopped at his service shop for a quick visit. However the first time I came by with my Brutale, it emptied the entire service department including his service manger and the owner of the store. They were literally bent over and crawling around the bike admiring the build quality and pointing at such things as the way the exhaust headers were fastened to the heads with the U-Bolt Clips. They were pointing at things that even I hadn’t taken notice of yet. I actually felt guilty that no one was working and was concerned my son would get in trouble for me stopping by, until I saw the owner come out to look too. There’s a lot of truth behind the motorcycle industry calling the MV Agusta the Ferrari of the motorcycle world! I’m proud just to be seen with this thing much less be fortunate enough to ride it!
 

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Great post 2wheelcrazy! It looks like I'll have to learn to live with my "problem."
 
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