Setting off at low speed, you notice the difference between more modern fuel injection and the TL's, even though it's a v-twin. The ride is snatchy, almost cumbersome, you have to think about what you're doing otherwise you'll stall easily. But as you wind the engine up, the bike comes alive and it feels just as good as any modern engine. There is Home Depot Health Check relentless torque and power right to the red-line and the noise is sublime. Heading into a bend, the suspension feels rough and ready, crashing at the rear and feeling underdamped at the front. This might just be case of needing to fit the Maxton rear and modern internals on the front to improve things. The handling is still tight though and it holds a good line, tracking the road exactly where you want it. The braking is also still very impressive as the setup hasn't changed since my ownership.
Riding my old TL1000SV again has been fantastic, but it doesn't feel like the animal it once was. It is a bike you can grab by the scruff of the neck however and ride to within an inch of its life, while still going at a reasonable and not too illegal speed. The power wheelies don't happen as easily as I remember (probably because I'm heavier) It's full of character and is still one of the best sounding bikes on the road and despite the horror stories is also relatively benign by today's standards.
Would I own one again? Yes, it was the best most enjoyable bike I've ever owned, but I would bring it up to date with much more modern suspension and it would have to have all the other problems already ironed out. The engine lives on in other motorcycles, but none have the same presence. It would be the perfect bike for my man shed alongside my next dream project, a Ducati Café Racer, and having a cult status, earlier full power models are going up in value making it a great investment.
I receive numerous emails concerning the ideal golf swing and how to learn it. From the questions I receive it is apparent that most golfers have never been taught the correct swing mechanics or have followed the many poorly written instructional books on the subject and have developed many swing flaws as a result.
Before going into a detailed swing analysis I would like to mention that, in my opinion, the only worthwhile book on the subject (and it is the best book by far) is: "Five Lessons" by Ben Hogan. This book very clearly shows you everything you need to know in order to make the ideal golf swing.
First off lets talk about the way you grip the club. Every golfer I have ever met thinks that they have a good grip which, in fact, is only true in about 10% of the cases. Believe me, virtually all swing flaws are the result of a poor grip. The ideal grip is actually very simple - the back of the left hand (right-handed golfer) should face the target and the palm of the right hand should face the target regardless of whether you use a Vardon grip, overlapping grip, or ten finger grip. Most golfers make the mistake of taking far too strong a grip with their right hand where the palm faces more skyward than down the target line. As far as finger pressure, I like to feel like I am holding the club with the last three fingers of my left hand and the middle two fingers of my right. The trigger finger of your right hand (right-handed golfer) should exert little to no pressure on the grip at all. I have seen many golfers ruin their swing by trying to control the club or add power by over exerting pressure with this finger. Whenever I start to experience a flaw in my swing the first thing I do is to lift my right-hand trigger finger completely off the grip and keep it off throughout my swing. Many times this one change will fix the problem.