Courtesy of a friend borrowing my car, today I am riding his motorbike. It's a Yamaha TDM900, so I'm not a complete stranger to the bike, having ridden my girlfriend's TDM. But that was a while ago, and every time I get on one of these it takes me a while to get used to the more sensitive throttle, the bigger power, the different engine characteristics, the touchier front brake and, most significantly, the height and the width across the handlebars of an adventure-tourer.
So what is my thought as I'm sliding up the side of crawling traffic, comfortable with the height because it's so stable, used to the throttle and getting used to running the engine at the best RPM?
"Cool, it's got a clock!"