‘It’s ef­fort­less. You don’t need to go hunt­ing for an elu­sive well of torque’

Con­tin­ued over

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gets ad­justable preload on the rear, a con­ces­sion to the num­ber of own­ers likely to carry a pil­lion. As stan­dard the sus­pen­sion is set pretty softly, but again this is to­tally in char­ac­ter with the bike, and it’s com­fort­able and pli­ant rather than soft and wob­bly. It’s ca­pa­ble of deal­ing with any­thing the sur­face can throw at it with­out com­plaint, which will be use­ful on Bri­tish roads. You don’t get pinged in the air if you hit a pot­hole a bit en­thu­si­as­ti­cally, in­stead the damp­ing hap­pily ab­sorbs the jolt, and while it’s nowhere near as sporty feel­ing as the Thrux­ton, by the same to­ken your wrists are left in con­sid­er­ably bet­ter shape af­ter a long stint in the sad­dle. The Pirelli Phan­tom

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