That evening, a mate and I rode down to the Colo River Bridge on the legendary Putty Road. It was a deliciously warm and gentle late spring evening, and the road was empty, except for the two of us. Not many people go riding on the Putty Road at night because of the werewolves, but they have never scared me.
My mate and I parked up on the other side of the bridge, and then took turns belting the race-piped Senna up and down the wickedly winding section that leads down to the river…over and over and over.
And we did this just so we could listen to the Senna shrieking its savage concerto at the night. He would do it and I would giggle like an idiot, then I would do it and he would giggle like a similar idiot. I also giggled when I was riding it, revving it as hard as I dared so the scream from its four-into-one-into four exhaust system would be branded forever onto my primitive brain.
I didn’t even care that the headlight was so shit, a single mis-step would have seen me smeared on the river valley’s sandstone cliffs like a crappy rock-painting.
That noise…that sound, that brilliant primal and mechanical music, was all I wanted to hear.
Never forget who you’re dealing with
Thus has it always been for me. I have never owned a bike with a stock exhaust system. Even on the few occasions when I have had the means to buy a new bike, it did not leave the dealer with a stock exhaust.
“How about you run it in first and then we’ll put a pipe on it?” one Triumph salesmen said to me when I bought my first Speed Triple.
The fool must have imagined he was talking to a reasonable person.
“How about you stop making strange sounds and shapes with your mouth, get on the phone and make sure that pipe is here and fitted and ready when I pick the bike up on Monday?”