Noot quite that road, I did the other half. East Grinstead to Crawley but I know the road you're talking about. It's a cracking bit of road, the second half to Crawley isn't as nice but still worthwhile.
Here's my route: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Sidcup/4+Gatwick+Road,+Crawleyfirstname.lastname@example.org,-0.1123139,12z/data=!4m26!4m25!1m15!1m1!1s0x47d8a9343780a7a9:0x2c313ce242546dff!2m2!1d0.1009392!2d51.4264863!3m4!1m2!1d0.1293316!2d51.2847128!3s0x47df53b7fd2cb8e1:0x399e5c973f498f1e!3m4!1m2!1d-0.0516005!2d51.1413062!3s0x4875f7016c20f697:0x7faaf982182046d1!1m5!1m1!1s0x4875f1cc1a8c4c7f:0x2a1db311c7376e03!2m2!1d-0.1688898!2d51.1328557!2m1!1b1!3e0
I'm now somewhere in between when it comes to riding styles. I'm currently training for my RoSPA AdQual so consequently, I think I know it all while undoubtedly knowing nothing!! As a 33yr old, I'm still young ish in motorcycle terms.Therefore I still have a little bit of that invincibility feeling and approach to my riding. However, I'm a dad of 3 and the job I do gives me a little sensibility I suppose (hence doing the AdQual).
I used to ride a Z1000SX and whilst I loved that bike Two accidents, one at fault and one not, has given me a little bit of a slow down in attitude.
The last accident was a write off for the bike and a few injuries for me, so that's where the 650 V came in. A big enough bike to feel like a real bike but limiting enough to hopefully stop me going too mental.
I realise now, riding the route that I once rode on the SX, how much faster I used to be and it wasn't necessarily down to me, just how the bike and the road complemented one another, creating an ever addictive flow of sweeping corners and lean angles. I still like to 'make progress' as they say, but the V is better at keeping me in check, partly down to the engine size, but the taller bike doesn't hug the corners like the SX did. Once you get rid of the OE tyres ad get a decent suspension set-up done, the SX cornered with ease and confidence inspiring grip that only dared you into taking bigger risks... An accident was inevitable I suppose.
Ironically, I was actually doing 30mph on a 50mph limit road when the accident occurred, but it was after a long night shift when I was cruising home and everyone else was rushing to get to work. Bad recipe really.
Still the roads we're lovely today, surface has deteriorated a bit in places since I used to do this trip regularly. However, they still provided the necessary levels of entertainment aboard my more restrained but equally fun V today. I'm looking forward to riding them again in the morning on my way home.