For my part, it was a completely new experience. Aside from riding a Honda Gold Wing GL1800, I'd never tried a Six before. It was pleasantly surprising to find these bikes of such an amenable size. Rather than being big and brutish, they were really quite in line with current expectations for motorcycle size. Which might be a sad commentary on how big our modern motorcycles have become! Actually, the Kawasaki KZ1300 is closest to being a brute and is a genuinely big machine. It grunts like a gorilla off the line and its square-shouldered styling gives it the largest road presence. The Benelli Sei, on the other hand, was quite diminutive—almost smaller-feeling than a Norton Commando—and very easy to ride. In fact, it was sort of shocking for an Italian bike of this era how light the controls were and how supple the suspension was in reaction to bumps. The Honda CBX split the other two in size and feel. Further, the CBX carried itself most like a modern motorcycle, with light control feel, nimble steering and faultless, turbine-smooth running qualities. All three were incredibly vibration-free, but the Honda was tops.