ROYAL ENFIELD SEA NYMPH
Behold the Sea Nymph! Actually it’s the Continental GT, the new 650cc twin from Royal Enfield, Sea Nymph is the colour variation, but hey, why not be bold with your names? Of course, here we are venturing into café racer territory again, but why be consistent when you can be random? Anyway, well done RE on this, it looks great and at half the price of the Triumph Thruxton R it has an obvious attraction. Obviously a bit rubbish at gravel and singletrack, but there’s life beyond, eh?
This choice might end in the firing squad for the editor. But Mr B., the editor’s dad, owned and raced a Kawi Z1 ‘back in the day’ (1974-76). It handled like a pig, did his race career no good, but with an open pipe it sounded glorious and compared to the Norton Commando of the era, it clearly represented the future. An untamed future – the best sort. This homage won’t be as lairy, or as legendary, but it’s still got some attraction.
Ho hum – we’ve not done well on the adventure front here. But actually there were highlights. We give Honda a solid 10 for the new colourway on the Africa Twin, which harks right back to the beginning with the RD03 – sweet! We like that BMW’s new F 850 GS apes the colours of Africa Twin! Apparently the new 850 GS is heavier than the old 800 GS and in some ways it suggests a lower spec, but it also looks like it comes with a lower centre of gravity and this combined with a different engine characteristic could actually be a big positive. And it looks right, and feels right when you sit/stand on it – and when something looks right, often it is right. Finally, another non-new machine but something we like very much and would love to take home – the KTM 1090 Adventure R. It looks like a real dirt bike, with real dirt bike parts and a neat racy attitude. Much leaner than the 1290 variant. One of these days we’ll get to ride it. It’s all about time…