Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois
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It looks like it's leaning, but doesn't "feel" like it . . .
Denise just read this thread and said, "It doesn't feel very leany, especially compared to that Hawg [Harley 883 Low] I used to have."
I agree. The MP3 500 has a low center of gravity and the rock-steady stability of a tripod. It handles much like a traditional motorcycle, but when you countersteer it through a curve there isn't any sensation of weight-shifting. That's because the weight is NOT shifting! The two front wheels are independently suspended and arranged on a parallelogram frame that keep the weight distribution of the bike at 50/50 . . . in other words, equally distributed to each front wheel . . . whether the bike is at 0 degrees of lean (straight up) or 40 degrees of lean (the point at which I feel like Nicky Hayden carving through a quick chicane!). The hardest thing for me to get used to - and it's a real blast to experience it over and over again! - is the visual and physical sensation of leaning over 35-40 degree at 50 mph but NOT feeling your weight and the weight of the bike shift or displace even a tiny bit. It takes a while to overcome the reaction that something must be wrong . . . but, soon, you're grinning like a fool as you enjoy just how RIGHT it can feel to be able to lean without having to constantly monitor every aspect of the position of your bike and your body. Easy thrills, for sure!
Mad Maxine also has very good manners when going over bumps, again because of the independent suspension and excellent shocks. She can even stand straight up with one front wheel on the road and the other front wheel on a 4"-6" curb!
She (Ms. Maxine, not Ms. Denise) is sort of the best of both worlds: motorcycling and scootering. She carves through twisties, with complete composure, like a finely tuned canyon dancer. And she hauls groceries in stop-and-go traffic with a minimum of fuss and without having to put your feet down even at full stops! I wouldn't trade my Versys for her, but she is a darn good companion for it.
And, of course, I wouldn't trade Ms. Denise (who is the best of all worlds) for any other companion of any kind. She likes to ride, she likes to ride with me and she likes for me to go out and ride alone, as often and for as long as I need to and want to. I am much, much luckier and blessed than I deserve to be!
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