Sunday, April 28, 2013
Washing the Bike with rain, the Mother Nature way
It was raining today and I had places I wanted to go but my trucks original clutch has gone out after only 303,104. something miles. I geared up in my new Tourmaster jacket without fear of being drowned or not being seen. It kept me warm and dry which is something I've never experienced riding in the rain before. Even used my almost still new now full faced helmet without the added hassle of rain pelting my face like stinging BB's or my goggles fogging up each time I stopped.
I could use some water proof pants- wet from the knees down - and boots - soaked as the water proofing has worn off - but being most of me was warm and comfy it was not bad. Years ago I'd ride all year long in rain, sun, snow, sleet with little more than gloves, helmet, mirrored sun glasses, jeans and a leather or lined denim jacket plus Dingo boots. Getting cold and wet was just a part of riding in those days along with the runny nose and dealing with watery eyes as air whipped behind the glasses and kept drying my eyes out. My eyes kept trying to combat the drying air that was whipping the moisture away.
But the point of my rambling is that mother nature lent a hand in washing Rat Bastard today being that she found out I was going to ride anyway just for spite. Maybe she just wanted to ride too and so she washed the bike not wanting to see it all dirty and nasty. But I like it dirty and nasty though sometimes a compromise is in order. Never ride in the rain? Pfft, what wussies.