I think I've found a way to get a riding fix in late February that will keep my spirits up until the 2015 riding season kicks in.
Susan and I are planning to devote a week or so to the Sunshine State. I'm planning to steal a couple of days, rent a bike at Eagle Rider, and teach myself (with a little tutoring and written encouragement from Dar in her brand-spanking-new moto instructor role) to ride a cruiser.
Dar suggested a 600cc'ish cruiser (Honda Shadow, Yamaha XV S650, or similar).
My plan is to drop in on Conchscooter for a beer and maybe a burger or something. I'm also hoping to entice some fellow riders to join in. The thing is that they're all up around Jacksonville or Tampa St-Pete, and it's a lot to ask for folks to take three days or so and put all those extra miles on just for a lark.
Stay tuned my winter-bound friends. We'll see how this goes.
My Florida plans have been scaled back. Too little time to get all the bases covered. Key West has taken a back seat, at least in terms of our upcoming trip.
There will be other occasions, I am quite sure. Perhaps occasions when the stars will align more auspiciously. Occasions where a band of riders will be able to join in and ride with abandon to the southernmost point.
I will still rent a bike, but I'll confine the ride to an afternoon. The A1A in Fort Lauderdale beckons. Its siren call is no match for Key West, but it has the allure of being doable, and there's a lot to be said for that.
I hope to be able to report in the near-ish future that I have will have expanded my repertoire from Vespas to include shifty cruisers.