I took advantage of a brief dry moment this afternoon to get out on the Scout Sixty. I thought I'd see if a few commonly reported problems are there:
- throttle surge: try as I might, I could not provoke this; having said that, like someone on the regular Scout thread, I had to force myself to let the revs fall to below 1500rpm to check this, because I naturally change down by 2000rpm. I don't like letting any engine lug.
- front fork dive: for whatever reason, it just doesn't seem to happen on this bike.
- rear shocks bottoming out: again, they didn't do this; obviously, some bumps are felt, but the more I thought about it the more I realised this is one of the smoothest bikes I've ridden.
- lack of braking power: I'm not sure if the ABS came on, but I've had to do a few quick stops and the brakes have been brilliant - one today was from speed and the bike felt like it was on rails - even steadier than normal.
- the Kendas seem to slip far too easily; I've ordered a pair of Michelin Commander 2s for the 500 mile service on Saturday.
- the paint seems far too soft: there was a tiny tar spot on the front mudguard that I had to work on gently to remove; in a strong light you can see the rub marks. Likewise, the tank looks scuffed around where my right knee sometimes touches it - it's almost gone through in one spot - after just less than 500 miles!
- lacking the front cable holder plate of the regular Scout, the ABS cable touches the headlight and has worn the paint through to the metal in one spot.
- the front mudguard should extend forward another inch or so: it throws road spray up onto the forks, which you want to keep clean to protect the fork seals.
- the rear mudguard distributes road spray and mud over the electrics under the seat; there's a thread on the regular Scout forum about this, and I'm waiting for some bits to work on a fix.