This morning was the first time this “winter” that there was a warning about freezing temperatures over night.
I had forgotten how cold your fingers can get on a 30 minute ride to work. It was painfully cold.
Beautiful though, the sun was just rising as I was finishing my freeway slog and the frosted grass was shining on the road sides.
Still it made me wish for some heated gloves, maybe I’m not too late to see if Santa can bring me some.
You might be wondering (unlikely) how my motorcycle is doing since you haven’t heard (read?) me complaining about it in a while, but no news is good news right…
My little monster is doing pretty good. I’m sure the chain needs to be looked at, but everything is working pretty good. The service I got is now about 3000 miles and 1/2 a quart of oil behind us, which means yes I still have an oil leak, but no it’s nothing that I can’t keep ahead of. Yes my oil light still comes on randomly, but I “fixed” that by covering it. I know this might sound crazy, but we’ve looked at every possible cause for the oil light coming on and found nothing. Which means that when it comes on I just ignore it, which means I really don’t need to see it come on. I’m pretty convinced it’s an electrical short somewhere, which would take more time or money or both than I have.
My temperature gauge is still a bit wonky, I need to get down to Milpitas with my bike to my guys at Nichols to get a new sensor, but I haven’t had time and it hasn’t been hot enough lately for me to worry about it.
I’m settling into the new tire that I had put on at the same time as my last service (29,200 on the odo). They seem to be wearing well. I hope I get 10k out of them.
Other than that everything is good with the bike. Sure she’s getting up there in miles (over 65,000) but she’s still chugging along.
I ride to work almost everyday. I’m around a lot of cars and SUVs (I do work in Palo Alto) and Prius’. There are also a fair amount of Busses, Trucks, Semi’s and motorcyclists (who I wave to). Would you like to hazard a guess as to which I dislike riding around the most?
Yep, those damn motorcycles.
Surprised? You shouldn’t be, I dislike it for the same reasons that Car drivers hate us. They’re small fast and unpredictable. Which means since I can’t see them or accurately guess what they’re going to do, I need to slow down make sure I can see them and not try to do something “risky” the same time they would.
Gah! It’s annoying!
It’s why I just try to bugger off anytime I’m near another bike. Not because I’m trying to show off, nope I’m just trying to get away from them so I can get back to my usual amount of normal riding.
I was reading Ride Apart this weekend and saw this article on an impending Federal Law on mandatory helmet use for motorcyclists. I’m a bit conflicted on how I feel about this.
I wear a helmet all the time. A full face no compromises helmet. I think everyone should wear one. I believe you’re being at best naive or at worst stupid if you think it’s a good idea to ride in anything less than proper protection.
Riding a motorcycle is already seen as a reckless thing to do. If wearing a helmet reduces the amount of riders killed riding and makes them any statistically amount safer to ride we can hopefully put off even more “safety” legislation against motorcyclists. I would rather be forced to wear a helmet than a Hi vis Jacket or whatever else the Government can think up.
Sometimes though I wish we just had better training and education for all motorists. Getting a license to drive or ride is too easy in this country compared to many others. Even though I’m not sure I’d want some of the draconic laws they have in Europe… Maybe there is a happy medium?
The man behind the visor is a person who feels a regret for passing you so aggressively
I already talked a little about this Bike, but I thought I would say a little more.
Winner of Best in Show at the EICMA in Milan.
It’s the new Ducati Monster 1200 being released next year. I’m pretty happy with the way it looks. Apparently so were a lot of Italians and Moto Journalists from around the world since it won Most Beautiful Bike of Show at the EICMA this year.
I really like the classic naked bike look, not sure why. It could be that it’s what my Father rode when I was little, or it happens to be the look of my first bike. What ever the reason is I’m now doubting my dream bike of the Hypermotard/strada. While this is a “bit” less practical it is much better looking. I’m just a fan of monsters in general. I mean this is my wall paper on my computer desk top:
Just love this photo.
Something about the exposed engine makes it seem much more powerful than a sport bike.
I just hope they take the 821cc engine from the new Hypermotard and put it in this bike. I might hurt myself running to the Ducati dealership if that were to happen.
I hope I don’t come across as a speed demon in this blog. I certainly don’t get lots of speeding tickets (in fact I’ve only gotten one on a motorcycle and it was years ago) and I generally ride pretty sanely 99% of the time…
Making 30mph look as fast as possible.
However, that other 1% of the time… well sometimes going fast is just what my brain needs. Thinking about this got me wondering: How strange am I? Am I that outside the norm, or at least the norm that reads my Blog?