I've been riding my motorcyle to work instead of my scooter. Usually in the morning I find that time is preciously in short supply so I just B-line it to work using a couple of different routes depending on mood, weather and traffic flow.
(reflections at work)
I just go with the flow. While my commute takes around 45 min in urban traffic (25km each way), sometimes I put in a few extra miles just for the fun of it. The calendar shows that we are well into Spring but it is still cold in the mornings and today we even got snow in the higher elevations. The Lows for tonight are forecast to be around 2C. It's just semantics . . . 2C is cool to us, while 19C is cold to those who live in Key West.
The cool morning turning into violent thunderstorms, and around mid-day the clouds opened up to reveal sunshine. It felt warm in the 9C heat so I decided to return home via the southern route through Richmond. Traffic was very light today as most businesses were closed for Easter Monday. We were open for business as usual.
I find that my Suzuki is more suited for highway travel and it is easier to break the sound barrier. While I was cruising on the freeway I glanced down at my instrument cluster and I noticed a Yellow light flashing next to my Tachometer which is supplied as standard equipment. Panic set in. Warning lights usually signal that there is a problem. As I was scanning my gauges everything was checking out okay. The engine temp was 78c, if I was out of oil then the engine would be overheating. I am very careful to make sure that maintenance is always done on time. I had the bike fully serviced before hibernation last fall. Fresh Oil, fresh antifreeze, new brake pads, new chain, new tires, new clutch all systems ready and waiting for summer.
Turns out that it was my low fuel warning light. I can't remember when I last filled the tank, perhaps sometime last October
(only the best Chevron for me; 96.9/ltr today)
My tank holds around 17 ltrs, and I took 12.8 ltrs so I could have travelled another 80 kms (50 miles) without breaking a sweat.
(all gassed up and ready to roll)
I'm glad that all is well, that the yellow warning light was nothing more than a reminder to get petrol.
Message for Jack Riepe:
Jack, sometimes you just know someone well enough to know what they like. You know what I mean. When you see the perfect gift for someone, you buy it, or when you see a picture or something you know that person will like, well . . . you just have to bring it to their attention. Some of you is rubbing off on me and I am now getting Jack Riepe eyes. Here is a sign that I spotted at the Custer Rest Area along I-5 just south of the US/Cdn border crossing.
Perhaps you should buy one of those red mobility scooters, and put those "battered baby seal look" to good use