Hammer Time

After being teased with a stretch of above-average temperatures the week before last, this past week was a little cooler. Evening lows dropped into the minuses, meaning the streets usually had some ice on them when I woke up, preventing me from riding my new Victory Hammer into work.

I did manage to get in a couple evening rides, but those pale in comparison to the past 24 hours. Last night after a day of work, I hopped on and rode to Lockport and back, a 32km round trip. It was 3C when I started out and 1C when I returned. I was warm enough except for my legs which were covered by mere jeans. My face got a little chilly as well because I had the visor cracked open a bit to clear out the fog (gotta get some anti-fog solution pronto).

Today I rode to Steph and Eric’s just a little past Dufresne. We had a nice family BBQ. It was about 5C on the way there and slightly cooler on the way back, but this time I wore long underwear, so I was pretty comfortable even at constant speeds of ~120km/h. On the way back I had to crack the visor again, which led to teary eyes and some snots, but otherwise it was great.

In total, I put on over 125km in the past 24 hours. Not bad for March 21!

Hammered

The streets were devoid of ice, and it was an unseasonably mild 4C this afternoon, so I took my new motorcycle out for a spin. It was the first time I had ridden it, and it was worth the wait. I wasn’t about to do anything too drastic considering there were some wet patches and areas of sand and gravel, but this machine has some serious power and torque. It is rock-steady and seems very comfortable.

I only went for a short 15km ride, just enough satisfy my initial thirst. If this weather holds, I expect to be commuting to work by April.