‘MILD WIN­TER MAKES ME EVEN MORE AN­NOY­ING!’

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For years, I’ve played this silly game where I try to iden­tify the make and model of bike as it whizzes past in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

When play­ing this while driv­ing with the mis­sus and kids in the car, it seems to cause a fair level of ir­ri­ta­tion as I blurt out: “Kawasaki Z900 or Yamaha Di­ver­sion,” which makes it even more fun! While yelling var­i­ous bike names at the top of my voice re­cently, a com­ment was made about how of­ten this seems to be hap­pen­ing right now. And it is.

Rarely have I seen so many bikes out and about at this time of the year. The de­cent sum­mer seems to have spilled over into a mild win­ter; at least for now. And rid­ers are mak­ing the most of the rea­son­ably dry roads and non­frost­bite-in­duc­ing tem­per­a­tures.

A re­cent (ad­mit­tedly) short hop on a Z900 re­minded me just how re­ward­ing a win­ter ride can be. Let’s hope the snow stays away and that this mild win­ter merges into a Spring full of fresh hope and more than six hours of day­light. Then that 5000-mile 2019 tar­get may just be achiev­able (see page 7).

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