Sandy is always on her own bike. Since getting it she refuses to be a passenger anymore. She's a great rider but on occasion I miss her being behind me.
Yeah, I can understand. I have a feeling that the Japanese motorcycle industry, led once again by Honda, will be supplying us with new mid-size standard, non-cruiser, bikes (like their new 500's, maybe, coming out soon) that will make it easier to find motorcycles that make sense for those who are not six foot tall and 200 pounds. Once more we will see more of "the nicest people" on bikes. Hopefully.
I went out yesterday afternoon, to buy oil and fuel stabilizer, to prep the bike at some point for its long winter's sleep. I also spent $7 at the car wash to rid the bike of accumulated crud, an annual end-of-season ritual. While there in the large town of Newcastle I stopped for a halibut-n-chips at the Irish pub.
Leaving an hour and a half later (they had some outdated British tabloid newspapers to read), it was dark and a dense fog had descended. I had a much slower than normal, and somewhat cautious, ride for the 25 Kms home. There is a nice twisty stretch near home which for the first time ever I took at the 50 KPH speed limit. Not too many weeks or maybe even days of riding left, for me anyway. I definitely will not ride once the salt trucks have come by, I have an aversion to rust and corroded electrics, having lost too many good cars to that particularly vile compound.
Tom, it'll probably be next year before we meet on the road or at that restaurant in Bancroft once again. See you all then. There's still this list, other internet forays and my two motorcycle magazine subscriptions, but they're a far cry from actually riding the bike, and even occasionally meeting people. Cheers.