Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It Seems I'm Breaking Some Kind Of Rule

Yes, I rode to work today.

I rode to work in a light drizzle. And while the temperatures yesterday and today were the same, it certainly felt cooler today.

Billie had company today.
Tonight when I was putting Gasoline in Billie the fellow pumping gas in the next lane asked me if the Symba was my only motorcycle. I told him it was and asked why he asked. He said, "Because you're wearing gear like you own a different motorcycle." I told him I wore gear like someone who rode year around. Surprisingly from that rather rocky start we went on to have a decent conversation. Turns out he is a rider. He shared that he rode when it was really cold when he was in college, but admitted that was more than a few years ago. He told me his daughter was valedictorian of her high school and was now in college. She, also, rides. It was obvious he was proud of her and very pleased she rode a motorcycle.

It seems I'm breaking some kind of rule by having good equipment while riding a small bike/scooter. If so, the rule doesn't make sense to me. I rode to work today warm, dry, and comfortable. Why wouldn't I want to do that?

My GMAX helmet has both a breath guard on the inside and a dual lens visor. It doesn't fog. See the condensation around the dual lens? If I had a single lens visor that would have been fog.
Today it rained on and off much of the day. Still, I went out for a walk at lunchtime. There weren't many folks out and about.

I was concerned about the traffic for the ride home. Today was the beginning of the World Series and there were times during the playoffs when traffic was a bugger. But, today the commute home was pretty much like any other.

  • 45F/7C and drizzle for the ride to work.
  • 49F/9C and overcast for the ride home.


  1. Keep wearing the good stuff! I wish more scooter riders would follow your lead.

  2. Roger: Here it isn't only scooter riders who don't gear up. Across the river in Illinois, which doesn't have a helmet law, nearly all the folk riding cruisers don't wear helmets.

    Be assured I will continue to gear up.