[b]So you've never sat on a bike and thought, "This doesn't feel as comfortable as I would prefer??"
Thanks for those. One second on the bike and the tank is all wrong.
I know that I have!
One of the most comfortable bikes that I ever sat on was my old Triton, simply because it was built by me, for me! A close second was my daughter's RG250 Suzi. Her old GPZ felt good but her GS500 feels completely alien!
No need to roll your eyes at me Albert.
Of course I have. Many times. If my levers and pedals are off by a single MM it drives me insane. I make my own kneesliders because I am so OCD about my gear. In 45 years, none of my bikes have visited a mechanic because THEY wont take care of her as well as I will. I mount and balance my own tires because I want it done "right". Of the dozens of bikes I have paid for, I have never felt that I "owned" them. I have had relationships with them, or a partnership if you will. I get as much pleasure from tuning, lubing, adjusting, modifying and cleaning my bikes as I do riding them. Well, almost. For me, riding bikes fast is more than a hobby. At the risk of sounding like a looney, its almost a spiritual thing for me. I feel "right" when I am riding, the rest of the hours of my life feel ever so slighty eskew.
My comment was meant as a STRONG compliment to Rossis analytical approach and attention to every detail, regardless of how small or seemingly unimportant to others. I found humor in (and related to) the fact that he mounted the bike and his instant and natural response was to immediately begin critiquing and identifying problems and issues that would need to be addressed. He's not guessing, he KNOWS what he needs. I like that in a motocyclist, and thats why he is The Doctor.
Indulge me in a bit of speculation here, as I am VERY guilty of reading between the lines, but I am hopeful that Rossi will be able to a accept emotionally, and adapt to riding an ugly bike. My gut says he thinks she is fugly, and not to his liking. As you well know he has always been very passionate about his bikes (they arent just a tool to him), and spends many a pre-race evening talking to her. Bonding. In the video where he takes us through all the versions of "his" M1, we can see how he caresses them, we can see and hear his fondness of the bikes.
I mean no insult to any Ducati fans, as I find their showroom and WSBK bikes gorgeous, but their GP bike is a hideous beast in my eyes. Portly and bulbous chest. A tank that looks like WWII military issue. The tail section has no idea what it wants to be, with lines that DONT flow and angles that are symetrically as unbalanced as a post-crash Hyundai. Completely engulfed in cobby bodywork that hides any and all mechanical detail, and a swing arm that...well...belongs on something John Deere would sell. I suspect that Vale sees the bike in a similar light and will be doing his best to overcome these irrational prejudices. Or, the Ducatis appearance will change.