16 December, 2010
Cafe race rematch – Day 29
Yesterday I didn't get out on the bike in the afternoon. It was simply too hot. I had some running around to do but ended up in the Dinoburner with the airconditioning on full blast. I've got some new riding gear on order that should be cooler but I nearly passed out in my normal riding gear.
The Dinoburner was nearly empty, having not filled it since I brought the DS back up from the dealers on the trailer nearly a month ago. I filled it in the evening and it took 70 dollars. Record fill up cost so far. USD and AUD are almost the same at the moment. Fuel was 1.35 a litre so for our American cousins, that's 5.10 per gallon. That was for the low octane stuff. Lucky it was so cheap, it's been up over 1.50 a litre. 50 of those fills will pay for a new battery for the DS.
Today I had an early start at work. It was a bit cooler in the morning and I'm sure the neighbours were happy about the quiet bike being used (well oblivious actually). So I had an early finish as well. My girl suggested lunch together. We're at different sites but linked by instant messaging because we have the same employer. We downed tools at the same time and headed for the cafe. I thought she'd beat me hands down, helmet, gloves, jacket, unplug and coil the cord. No way I'd get there before her. Well I was far enough ahead that had they not ignored me for 10 minutes the coffees would have been cold by the time she arrived. I parked it where I could see it but it was on a quiet side street. I still had two people come over and ask questions and even more stopped and knelt down for a closer look.
I keep talking about the cost, but the real reason for this bike is that it is fun. Not just because it's cool and lots of people want to talk about it. I just really like riding it. I've ridden a lot of bikes that are more powerful and lighter but this bike just makes me happy. Some people say it doesn't have a soul. Well I don't think I have a soul myself, but it sure has character.
Posted by Jason at 5:56 PM