I'm sure it's been a bazillion years since I've posted...but rest assured, I'm still out here!
This year has been interesting--I've done more riding than in past years--but not as much as I first did. Let's face it, I've become a fair-weather rider. Once in my life (like it's a different century or something), I would have not thought twice about hopping on the bike for a quick scoot as long as the roads were clear. Now, not so much!
The Iron Butt some years ago was what took my enthusiasm out of the "joy" of the ride--in cold temps. Something about having to thaw out by taking a shower or bath just doesn't appeal to me. My 'ol bones don't like it either! Having to navigate automobiles that really are not aware that there may be a motorcyclist on the road does not appeal to me either.
The last ride of the season was with an old friend for a Sunday afternoon scoot. The temps were about the mid 50's..not terribly cold but not terribly warm. Being Colorado, if the sun was shining, it was perfect. Unfortunately, the clouds rolled in..and yes, it was nippy. I had my cold weather gear, but it's just not the same. We got about 75 miles in and my friend, who was leading, asked me where the next stop would be. My response was "home"!
He laughed and admitted that he was thinking the same thing!
It was nice 75 miles and I'm sure that the bug will bite when the weather warms up. Until then, the bike is on the tender.
Of course, I've been looking at the new BMW 1600 and yes, with heated handgrips and seat, I may have to rethink the whole cold weather riding! That's another story for another day and I have to finish grad school first!
Ya'll keep the shiny side up!
~The Rainbow Wahine