- or - Horses for Courses...
I've got choices. I'm blessed.
Pouring rain in the forecast? Take the black Civic.
No real precipitation expected? Take the black Vespa.
No real precipitation expected, and feel like a total retro badass? Take the Black Betty!
And that my friends, is precisely the kind of day it was today. Plus I had an early doctor's appointment. The prospect of sitting around the waiting room with the (mostly) geriatric set sealed the deal. Badass it had to be, and badass it was.
Though I don't look the part of a renegade with that stupid goofy grin plastered on my face, now do I? Who can tell once the faceguard's down? Oh, right, the real badasses all wear those ridiculous tiny black helmets.
Since I am a barely competent shifter and frequent embarassing staller, I took the slow coastal route with lots and lots of stops, and a few little-ish hills and inclines. I only stalled once, on the final hill, just before the parking lot entrance. Not so bad. I'm now at least twice as good at shifting without stalling as I was this morning, when I stalled in the driveway, on a slight downhill incline (let out the clutch thinking I was in neutral).
In my defense, a good number of my starts were semi-flawless. Other than the full face helmet, a casual observer might have mistaken me for Travolta in Wild Hogs.
Sonja is fidgeting with impatience... "So how was the ride!?!?!"
It was great. The Shadow handled the six or eights sets of railroad crossings like a champ, the des Seigneurs bridge across the Lachine Canal with the steel grate road bed was only just a tiny bit squirelly, and motoring down to P3 in the parking garage wasn't the reverberating nightmare of rolling thunder I feared it might be courtesy of those damn Cobra pipes.
What else is there to say? I feel like the most blessed person. A very minor version of Doug Cooper, but instead of a Jay Leno style barn, I have one half of a two-car garage full of really, really cool motorbikes.
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