Originally Posted by Boojum
My 75 R90 /6............. I really like cruising around town on this bike. .....................
That's a very pretty specimen. Speaking as a very new airhead rider myself, I have to say what astonished me the most has been how my 77 R100/7 feels and sounds on the highway. In town, I feel vaguely conspicuous with my sewing-machine valves (they save lives) and the amazing sounds the gearbox makes when I forget to preload the shifter. But on the highway.... when you settle down for the cruise at 55-60 in fourth, the engine just sounds so... contented. Like THIS was the sweet spot they designed it for.
Had my first freeway rides this past weekend. At 70 or so, in fifth, I found I could barely hear the engine over the wind -- just a distant, comforting hum. Nice.