I rode over to south of Columbus OH to meet with some friends today, Brian and Sly both have 1200R/Ts, Denise doesn't have a bike but rode with Brian. The plan was to run over to Hocking Hills and ride a bit then get lunch and ride back to their place and hang out for a while and then I would have a nice little ride home. Well you know what they said about the best laid plans right?
Sly had the lead with Brian & Denise following and I was riding “Clean Up” The first stop was to be “The Rock House”. I noticed Brian seemed to be having a hard time and running wide a couple times. I put it down to having a passenger at first. But things didn't get any better and as I looked I saw his rear tire looked low. When we pulled into the parking lot at “The Rock House” I check his tire…12PSI YIKES! So out with the Slime Top Off and I aired it up to 37PSI. Just as I got it there it started to rain…HARD. So we took cover in the picnic shelter had a bottle of water and waited it out. I check the tire again and it was down to 25PSI, topped it off again. Denise hopped on Sly’s bike and we took off for home. We made it and found a little nail as I checked the pressure at it was down to 20PSI. That’s one PR2 that's done for. It was “Table Topped” from Brian riding it from Seattle to Ohio! Nice for him there’s a BMW shop in the Dinky little town they are in! Nice for me there’s a EBR dealer setting up shop there too!
Bikes parked we went out and got supper, Nice Philly Cheese Steak with all the fixin’s. We got back to their place and the weather looked iffy at best so I checked the computer and it looked like I was going to get wet on the trip home. Had a cup of coffee and hoped it would clear off a bit, no such luck it got worse. So I geared up in my rain gear and stowed the phone and other junk in a saddle bag and took off.
Good gear will keep you fairly dry BUT you still can’t see very well. And when the bottom fell out on I-270 the drops still hurt like heck, or was is hail? I rode most of the 70 miles home in that mess but I was dry and cool other than my hands. I have yet to find a rain proof glove worth a hoot.
As a side note, you know how we all love to hate H-D riders? Well I felt sorry for the ones I saw on that trip half drown and frozen, huddled under the over passed with no rain gear that I could see as I buzzed right on by. When will they learn?
I forgot riding in the rain can be fun IF you gear up for it and are in the right “Mind Set” PLUS this is the cleanest my bike’s been in a long time! 70 mile of driving rain will blast all the dead bugs right off, even out of the radiator!