There was constant snowfall from Friday through Saturday morning with temperatures reaching down to -12C. This morning we woke to sunny skies and -10C with a promise of +6C. The promised high suffered a substantial discount because so far +2C is as much clemency as the sun could muster.
My poor Civic has been evicted. It's a case of one Honda making way for its two-wheeled cousin. Getting the bike into the garage meant riding through the snow that persists on the driveway.
The ride was uneventful, relatively speaking, and here are the numbers:
- Kilometers ridden: 24
- Times I stalled the bike: 6
- Times I forgot to cancel the turn indicators: 2-3
- Times I forgot to shift all the way to first: 0
- Number of frozen fingers: 10
- Times I needed to open the visor to dissipate fogging caused by nervous heavy breathing: 2
- Times I dropped the bike: 0
- Times I grinned ear to ear: 5
- Times it occurred to me to listen to music on the Sena: 0
First ride impressions for the Honda Shadow:
- Nice torque at low revolutions, though I still managed to stall it more times than I should have.
- Comfortable seat, stable ride at all speeds as far as I could tell.
- Decent acceleration.
- Balky turn indicator switch (got to check that, it might not be push-to-cancel).
- Very loud exhaust, tolerable with earplugs, maybe not so nice for neighbours and bystanders.
- Very good-looking, to my eye at any rate, though I could still do without the flames.
- Good braking, front and rear.
- Definitely needs a windshield and saddlebags to become a touring bike.
- In my view (shocker alert), the Vespa GTS 300 i.e. beats the Honda Shadow hands down in the following ways:
- Highway performance.
- Protection from the elements.
- Suspension and ability to handle potholes, dips and bumps.
- Ease of handling.
- Overall fun.
PS: It looks like a managed to grab a narrow window of opportunity: Monday morning and it's snowing like mad. Sheesh!