MCN PIKES PEAK SPE­CIAL COM­MUTE

WIND­SOR-PETER­BOR­OUGH It’s not all fun and ad­ven­ture... some of us have to go to work.

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Comment - By Andy David­son

My mind wan­ders. I’ve been on a con­tin­u­ous stretch of grey road for a hun­dred miles, shar­ing it with car driv­ers bat­tling tired­ness on their bor­ing traf­fic-heavy com­mute.

I can’t stand it any longer, my mind peels away, and my front wheel fol­lows. I miss the exit for work. I miss the next four, too. Flat tar­mac crum­bles into gravel, then stone and fi­nally mud be­fore I re­alise I’m at the foot of a long trail. I whip out the rub­ber pegs and flick this bad boy into ‘En­duro’ mode. As I stand on the pegs it’s like my hel­met is filled with a sud­den rush of cold air blended with caf­feine. The Scor­pion Trail rear tyre flicks left and right, spinning up when mud tick­les the tread, trac­tion con­trol and ABS are nowhere to be seen. In­stead, it slith­ers pur­pose­fully like a snake chas­ing a baby iguana. En­duro mode knocks 60bhp off, calm­ing it down ever so slightly.

Its torquey and tractable power de­liv­ery and finely honed Öh­lins make it a blast. I reach the end of my fourth trail, hot and sweat­ing, take a rest and catch a glimpse of the clock. I’m pretty late, but… just one more!

He’s go­ing to be late, but he’s past car­ing

Andy had enough of the tar­mac, and chose the path less trav­elled

Se­lect­ing En­duro mode gives the Multi a tamer power dde­liv­ery for rough stuff

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