After an anxious couple of weeks checking the weather forecasts today was the day to go and collect the RT from Bahnstormer at Alton.
We drove over to Bahnstormer in the Abarth for midday and after doing a bit of paperwork it was time to bring it home. Oh there was a bit of trying on a helmet we’d seen for Alison and paying for the top box liner bag.
It was the first outing for the Klim Latitude jacket and some new Alpinetstars gloves as well as the GoPro Hero 12 Black that I’d bought. I should have checked that the GoPro was properly mounted before setting off, so the footage is looking down too much; lessons learned.
Once home, I had to try putting it in the man cave alongside the Kawasaki ZRX1200R that I’d moved slightly towards the gear wardrobe but was pleased to see that the RT fits in really nicely. Getting it onto the centrestand is an absolute doddle too.
Once safely parked up, the fettling could begin.
First up was fitting the tails for the Optimate charger to the battery which meant taking off a couple of panels and routing the cables under the seat. I also fitted the Apple AirTag somewhere on the bike as well…
Then it was time to fit the Wunderlich Vario clutch lever: set to short to (hopefully) stop the empty fingers on my gloves from being trapped by the clutch lever when I engage it. I also fitted the side stand extender plate to give the foot of the side stand a little more area and to stop it sinking into any soft surfaces.
Then I thought I should fit the adaptor ring to the tank for my old tank bag but I do like the look of the filler cap and ring, etc. plus on full lock the bars would clash with it. The RT also has a lockable compartment in the fairing which is big enough for the sunglasses, ear plugs, latex gloves and Ibuprofen that I usually have in the tank bag, so I decided against fitting it after all.
So it now has 24 miles on the clock and I need to run it in for a few hundred miles. Tricky in the winter in the UK, especially as we’re still effectively living on a building site with all the mud that goes with that.