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A too-brisk get­away from a junc­tion ended up slidey and scary as the slimy road re­fused to of­fer any sort of trac­tion for my fairly worn Miche­lins.

The hour-long ride that fol­lowed saw some 40 miles cov­ered in a white-knuckle blur of frus­tra­tion and frost­bite. Af­ter a sum­mer scratch­ing around on a sporty 600, I stupidly ex­pected Oc­to­ber to of­fer the same type of rid­ing. My late-20s brain had failed to process the fact that dif­fer­ent sea­sons in the UK mean dif­fer­ent con­di­tions, which also mean a dif­fer­ent type of rid­ing is needed to a: sur­vive and b: gar­ner any sat­is­fac­tion or en­joy­ment (even).

Years later I rode to Cad­well to watch a mate race in an end-of-sea­son club meet­ing. The VFR800 had heated grips and de­cent weather pro­tec­tion. I wore proper kit and rarely ven­tured above 60 along the back-road route I’d planned. De­spite it be­ing cold and slip­pery, I loved ev­ery minute. I wasn’t chas­ing, I was cruis­ing; tak­ing in my sur­round­ings and sim­ply en­joy­ing be­ing out­side on a bike. I just needed a brain change to make the most of more chal­leng­ing con­di­tions.

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