I picked up my lady today. Her new freeway bars gleaming in the sun. She now has a new front tyre to match the back one. A pair of Metzeler ME-880 Marathons. Pep assures me they are the best tyres for handling, safety and durability on a bike such as this.
We went for an after-work spin along the past the tip and down the back roads to Police Pools.
She definitely handles the gravel a little better, and went well on firm sand, though I still feel a bit uneasy on soft sand. Anyhow she is not built for that sort of riding. If I want to ride sand I should get a DT250. Ah, but on on the tarmac – Pep was right. I sure could feel the difference. A firm grip on the road even if there is a little loose gravel. Cornering feels safer already, and I was not even going fast. I was leaning confidently. Even scraped the foot-board on the road. Fortunately it has a sacrificial plate for just such eventualities. Incredible what a difference a few mm of synthetic rubber can make in the right profile.
I am not sure yet if I will be comfortable using the highway bars as a foot rest so that I can assume a different position now and then as I ride. It feels a bit high. Looks cool though. I may yet have to invest in pegs for an alternative leg position.