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motorcycle commute

So I'll be riding the Bandit to teach at the Edwards KU campus (in Kansas City, about a 40-minute ride) tomorrow. I modified the right footpeg for sore-foot comfort by strapping on one of those thick gel bicycle-seat pads; now my foot is insulated from motorcycle vibrations by about two inches of gel, and a quick ride to the grocery store suggests I should be able to make the commute. Shifting, however, is... interesting.

It is important for me to still consider myself a motorcyclist - it's part of my self-definition - so I'll be giving this a shot. After all, considering my other vehicles are a 49cc scooter and a 1951 Chevy, it's also my only reliable vehicle *g* Honestly, though, it was tough for me to think about giving up motorcycles. When I had a broken hand (from a motorcycle accident) in college, I was out there riding again within weeks, though that wasn't such a good thing. Here's hoping the ride is peaceful and uneventful. Wish me luck!

Hope all's well in your life.


PS: The bike in my icon? A lovely 1972 cafe-racer Kawasaki H2 750cc triple. I'll own one again some day.


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Jul. 19th, 2005 03:56 am (UTC)
If I thought our old Mazda would make it for sure, I'd offer it.
Jul. 19th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the sentiment!

Jul. 19th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
If the foot is too sore, you can ride over to our place and borrow a car to drive into KC.
Jul. 19th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I appreciate your ongoing kindness. I'll letcha know if I need to take you up on that offer, but I'm determined to try the motorcycle thing today.

Jul. 19th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
I drove in to work today behind a woman on an older Kawasaki with big silver saddlebags (or whatever they are called). One of them was marked with an Apple logo.

It looked a great day for a ride: sunny, warm, and a clear view of the mountains.

Glad to hear you're riding. I hope it works. And if shifting is too much trouble, you need to rig one of those jockey-shifts. Although I think those come standard with chaps and a scraggly biker beard. :)
Jul. 19th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
I grabbed my saddlebags, because of course today we're working on manuals in class and I need to bring 22 books with me. Sigh. Send some good wishes up to the weather gods for me, wouldja? It's thunderstorming today (after two weeks of no-rain), though it's supposed to let off by 2pm. I leave at 3pm. Eeek!

Jul. 19th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're able to use the motorbike.

Damn, I'm an ass. I forgot to pay you. I'll send a check today. You can consider the little bit extra an apology or a donation or coverage for the crackers and dip and soda or just my being a pain in the ass.

p.s. If you haven't read the story, go ahead and erase it. I'm doing another draft soon.
Jul. 19th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
Heh, thanks for catching it! And yes, please send me/post a new copy of the story; I'm still trying to catch up on grading. Speaking of which....

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