Had a bit of an eye opener today.
A mate let me have a go on his Deauville.
This is a bike I wouldn't give a second look at normally, but I have to say, quite impressive,
It has a really good spread of torque, which masks it's shortcomings in the power department.
I wouldn't honestly say I was any slower on this than my ZZR1200.
Of course I accept that in a straight line the latter would leave it for dead, but there's more to riding than going fast in a straight line.
The Deauville has really good drive low down, and was fairly agile.
So I'm left wondering, if maybe for real world riding, bhp is just a series of numbers that have little if any real relevance in any situation other than on the track.
I still wouldn't buy a Deauville, because sooner or later you have to get off, and that means looking at it, but that engine, in a semi sports or even café racer format would be a real fun bike to own.
My ZZR felt decidedly heavy and peaky in comparison,
Or am I just getting old