Main Motorcycle: 2015 Thruxton ACE Cafe SE
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Columbus, OH
Hello from OH
I just took delivery of a 2015 Thruxton ACE Cafe SE about two weeks ago and wanted to say hi - and thanks for the great site/information source.
I sold my last motorcycle (1993 GSX-R750) about a year before my first daughter was born and have been on 4 wheels since. That was about 16 years ago...
I have entertained the thought of getting another bike many times over the last 16 years (AKA every year when winter ended, every time I saw a bike in motion on a nice day, every time one of my friends who still ride stops by, etc.) but just never actually pulled the trigger until now.
I spent a while deciding what I actually wanted to ride before finally landing on the ACE. I knew I didn't want another sport bike because I'm not as tolerant of the that riding position as I was in my younger days and I didn't feel the need for the ultra performance specs since my goal is to take more relaxing rides where I will actually see the countryside while I ride. I did still want something that would feel nimble and fun when I do hit a set of twists though so I ended up with a relatively short list of bikes...
My initial list included the Ducati Monster, BMW NineT, Moto Guzzi V7, Bonneville, and Thruxton. I liked something from each of the bikes on my list but the short list ended up coming down to the Triumphs. I ultimately landed on the Thruxton as the best fit for what I wanted in a bike so the only thing left to decide was black, green, or the ACE. I really liked the ACE but the local dealership offered a very sweet deal on the leftover 2014 models which made the decision tougher than I expected. I ultimately decided to pay the extra green for the beautiful black and white color scheme of the ACE and couldn't be happier (well, I could be happier if this never ending winter would end so I can ride ;-).
I have only been able to get it out for a ride once since it came. It felt so great to be on a bike again and I can't believe I waited so long now that I have one again. I did expect to be a little rusty after being out of the saddle for so long and I was but not as much as I expected. it all seemed to come back almost immediately. This is the first EFI bike I've ridden and I suspect that may take some time to get used to. The only way I can describe it is the throttle doesn't feel as linear as my previous carb equipped bikes. It feels more abrupt but that could just be part of the rust, this specific model, or any number of things.
Anyway, that's some words about me and my new motorcycle.