“I’m really loving the Falco – it’s just a really positive motorbike. Everything from the gearbox to the suspension, the way you can just dial in the power... It’s an all-round great road bike, really. And this is a really nice example. Everything’s there: great brakes, the suspension feels good – and it’s a real wheelie machine if you want it to be. You just feel very well connected. It’s very reassuring. Styling-wise it’s just timeless. It’s 17 years old but it still looks great.
“The Futura is just a bit tired, this example’s a bit worn and has a few problems. The first thing that stands out when you ride it is the lack of movement in the rear shock and there’s very little damping. Plus when I first set off I caught my right foot on the bottom of the fairing rather than the rear brake pedal so the layout there isn’t very well thought out, either.
“But apart from that, ergonomically the Futura works really well and, although it’s a bit of a big, heavy lump it’s also a really well-balanced bike.
It turns well on its axis and you can change line really well, too. It’s just that this example is a bit tired – it’s also lacking a bit of front brake, too. So for me it’d be the Falco, easy – it’s just much more fun and I think I could do miles on it even though it’s a more aggressive riding position than the Futura. And if you can still get one for £2000-£2500? That’s pretty amazing.”
“I could do miles on the Falco, despite its more aggressive riding position”