Thanks for the comments guys.
"Must I"? Oh god yes. I love that sound.
I've even had praise from the neighbours. The woman on one side even said that now it sounds like a machine before (the Termis) it was a toy!
I hadn't realised that I still stroke my bike. It was odd to watch myself stroking the cowl and seat so affectionately.
It's my beautiful Italian mistress, I love those Latino women. This thing doesn't have a bad temper, it doesn't even seem to be jealous when I drive the car.
Yes Kuan, I am very pleased with the bike. I've done 8500Km since April, not up to Johhny's lofty heights yet but I'm happy with it.
The old golf is about ready for the scrapyard, thanks for noticing.
See you all in California in 8 weeks. The time will fly by