Spoiler alert: it broke down 😭
As I was pulling into a parking lot, the oil light suddenly came on, and the engine died. Would not start back up, in fact the battery wouldn’t even turn over. Ducati came by to pick it up an hour later and the bike started, but the oil looked super milky so we decided to put it in the van to play it safe.
Any idea what happened?
I still got a solid three hours of riding in, and yeah. I’m in love. The bike is gorgeous, the friction zone is a million times easier to mess around in then the Grom I had, and the POWAH. It is present. I didn’t go up to redline, but I did a few 3rd gear pulls and let me tell you, all misgivings about selling the miata went out the window. I didn’t even get into sport mode, I just played around in touring. I can already tell that this is a good bike for me, in the sense that it’s easy to control, yet feels like it has a lot of room for me to grow into as a rider. Sounds good, too!
As for negatives... I felt a bit cramped when leaning over and going full sport bike bro, but I’m not sure if that’s a sizing issue or just the nature of an upright sport bike? I think I’d prefer to sit an inch or two further back, but I have to admit it’s nice to be able to cruise around totally upright. Definitely not a deal breaker, but I wouldn’t mind testing out a ninja or something just or comparisons sake.
I’m still going to test out a 1200 at some point. I really hope it doesn’t feel better ergonomically, because if that’s the case.... Well... A single side swingarm and adjustable suspension wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world... Or more horsepower than the Miata... In a bike...
With as great as the 821 felt, I’m not even going to bother with the 797.