Wet Weather Riding
Oct 21, 2017
52°, steady rain, gusty wind into the teens. A perfect day
for practicing slow speed turns and quick stops. Also for testing
my rain gear.
There she is! Rocinante patently waiting for me. I hadn't
taken her out in two days because I was sick one day and then couldn't
very well drive my motorcycle in to work the next, could I?
For those with questions: That's a Motorcycle Dolly she sits on
- makes it easy for me to turn her around in my garage.
There's a un-finished subdivision up the road, all the streets
are in, but no houses yet. This is a perfect place to practice as
no cars can come in here. Practicing on rain and wet leaves gives
me a chance to feel how Rocinante reacts to adverse conditions.
I spent 10 minutes stopping and turning, turning and stopping.
Skidded the back wheel once and the front another time, speeds low
enough I could hold her up with my feet.
After that, it was time to see how she felt at rural roads speeds.
The wind was gusting so it was interesting riding.
That's where fancy-pants pinot comes from, there in the background.
Decided to take a gravel road to see what that felt like. Little
Roci was game for it - never complained once, but she's more
of a city girl.
That's where Christmas trees come from, there in the background.
There is no such thing as "waterproof" - only varying
degrees of water resistance. The jacket leaks through at the belly.
THAT'S an unfortunate spot for seepage. And the boots were simply
soaked - even though I have been religiously treating them with
Mink Oil. No matter - it's not like this was unexpected.
Little Rocinante gets a rub down after every ride. We are
still in the "I love you" "No, I love you!"
Back on her dolly and pointed out the door, ready for our next