Christmas came early

For a little while I’ve been tooling around in my brain about getting a bigger bike. While my Rebel and I have been on some exciting trips together I have also come to realize that a little bike does have some limitations.
Of late I have even been commuting back and forth to work on it making the most of the weather we have been enjoying here.

The thought process I have been putting into what I want in a new bike is able to carry more stuff, bug enough to maybe take someone along with me, more power for longer trips, etc.

I had really thought of not doing anything until sometime next year, but I had already began doing my homework to see what I might want, what is available and of course cost.

It was in this research process that I found it.
The bike was clean, the engine size was just what I was looking for, the style was exactly what I wanted, low miles, and the bells and whistles I had on my list as well; windshield, engine bars, sissy bar, and saddle bags.

Even with all this I tried to put i tout of my mind, it wasn’t time, I wasn’t ready.
Then one day riding home from work I saw this bike up ahead of me, it looked sharp, made me take notice.
A red light hit and I had to stop, I pulled up along side the rider and said hi.
Asked him what bike that was, unbelievable but it was the same year, model, and make of bike I had come across.
He said he just bought it a few weeks ago and it was a great bike, best thing he ever bought.

At that point my wheels were turning, I went back online and the bike was still listed.
I ran the finances through my mind, it would work, it is doable.
Picking up the phone came the next hurdle, was it still for sale, it was
We worked to a time for me to go see it.
When I got there the bike was as good as the pictures he put up.

In the end we worked out an equitable deal and the bike now has a new home with me.
This morning it goes in for new tires and tomorrow I’ll be ready to ride.

I am now the proud owner of a 2001 Honda Shadow ACE Deluxe

Rain gear, who needs it.

It was early in the morning and I was wide awake, early enough that there was still an hour or so before the sun would be coming up.
Outside the air was warm but not overly hot for this time of the year. I decided to take the bike out for a ride.

Before I left I went and checked the weather and a peek at the radar. There was a band of rain showing north of me but it was moving west to east and not moving south in my direction so I decided to go for it.

On the bike the air felt cool and comfortable, I ended up riding for almost two hours before I decided to stop for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat.

Ending up at a Starbucks I settled in with my coffee and sandwich, I had my Kindle with me and checked some emails and did some reading while I was there.
A few times my eyes glanced to the sky and I could see the dark clouds looming north but I had myself convinced they weren’t going to make it close enough to rain on me.
Finally I decided to get back on the road and head south, it was still early enough that traffic was light and quiet.
A few drops of rain splattered on me; the big ole fat rain drops. When I looked at the sky it was just a small cloud and again I kept going on my way.

As I was going through one area I saw a sign for a local Tai Chi Society and I decided to stop. I’ve been interested for some time but had never made a big effort to pursue it.
I talked for quite some time to the folks there and gathered some information on when the next beginners classes were coming up.
As I was getting ready to leave one of the ladies I was talking to said, “I hope you don’t get wet.”
That was when I looked at the sky and how it had changed, the clouds had moved south, they were dark, low, and ominous.

Not much I could do at that point so I started riding, heading back north.

At first it wasn’t bad, I made some good time and there was just a few light sprinkles of rain. I began to think I was going to make it without any problem.

The sky opened up on me. The rain came down in torrents, luckily I was close to a shopping center and I was able to duck under there till the rain let up.
I was wet, but not soaked at this point, so when the rain let up I moved on.

No more then two miles up the road the sky opened up once again. This time I was not so lucky, there was no where for me to duck and cover.
I kept moving, at this point I was soaked. Having an open helmet didn’t help any either, the rain kept getting in my eyes.
It was another mile before I came to another shopping center I could pull over into. I left the bike at the curb and ran under the overhang.

The only spot on me that was dry by that time was the top of my head because of the helmet.
I stood there and watched the rain pelting down and watched the sky. It didn’t look good at all. It had turned into the kind of rain that looked like it would keep up all day.
While I stood there I head a door open at one of the stores and the owner came out, he greeted me and said he wasn’t sure if he was seeing right, that someone was out on a bike.
We talked for about an hour and with the weather he had no business coming in so it helped to pass the time till the rain let up.

When it finally did let up I hopped right back on my bike in the hopes I would beat the next wave of rain.
I was doing pretty well almost out of the last town which would have then put me on fairly open road and a straight shot.
Luck wasn’t with me, the road was flooded and it was too deep for me to try and go through. Then I had to sit and wait as no one would stop to let me turn around and go back the way I came.
Finally someone in a truck stopped and let me get back out on the road.

I began going through side streets to make my way around the flooded road, it took a bit but I did find another route, but not before it started raining again.
Thankfully though it wasn’t another gully washer of a downpour so I kept going.

When I made it back to the house I was a sight to behold; I was ready for a hot cup of coffee and a hot shower.

I will be investing in some rain gear very shortly.