NOT JUST COSMETIC This 2018 iteration has had some further tweaks too, and they are not merely cosmetic. The engine, while complying with Euro 4 emission standards, has increased power output from 48 to 52hp, and coupled with a new six speed transmission, the ride is now smoother and feels more ‘long-legged’. Riding for over two hours I was not tired or uncomfortable, and the upright seating position and the seat itself contributed to this. The alcantara pleather seat is weather resistant with a diamond pattern and is grippy but comfortable. The Carbon has bobber-like presence on the street with an 18-inch front wheel 52 KIWI RIDER The engine, while complying with Euro IV emission standards, has increased power output from 48 to 52hp, and coupled with a new six speed transmission, the ride is now smoother and more ‘long-legged’ feeling with a 100/90 tyre, over black mags, and although mags are not usually a favourite of mine, here the look is perfect, delivering a solid weight to the front end. In cornering (after the tyres warmed and washed off their greasiness) the front fell in and tracked well, and there was lightness to the bike, which was surprising at a nudge over 200kg. In very tight bends from Maraetai to Tapapakanga throwing it from side-to-side was simply joyous. The frame has been stiffened slightly and it has improved the handling in offering a more direct feeling which couples well with that unhesitating drive from the shaft.