I started in Steveston for our weekly breakfast with the guys. This time of year many of our motorcycle dealers have specials on accessories and riding gear. I decided to head over to Westminster Hwy to visit the local Triumph/Bmw dealer and what do I see
it was a pristine 'Guzzi . Here is a closer view of the v-twin engine. you can barely make out my self portrait reflected in the chrome
It was a beautiful spring day and I had decided to head over to Langley for another "open house". I was on the search for a replacement riding jacket. At the Richmond dealer they had Olympia Hi-Viz jackets discounted but I already had one which I don't use much. I was looking for something that had removeable panels for all season use. I had a convertible jacket which I wore to Oregon two years ago but it was tight and I don't think I can squeeze into it anymore. In the heat of Oregon I wanted the panels to be removeable to reveal a mesh jacket underneath.
It is also hayfever time and I know that when spring arrives my nose is constantly dripping. I had to stop under an overpass so I could get my kleenex tissues. I don't usually stop on the freeways but traffic was light and today I made an exception. You don't know what a relief it is to finally be able to blow your nose. (I know, too much information)
Lately I have been "going with the flow", riding close to the speed limit and just letting the agressive cars pass. I don't feel the need to always be in the lead. It seems more relaxing to just follow the car ahead and enjoy the air, the rumble of the engine and breathe in the passing scenery
I finally arrive at Western Motorsports in Langley. Today they have an open house, Demo rides for Triumph bikes, charity hot dogs and basically everything in the store is "on sale" .
I can help but OOOOH and AAAAAH at the bikes in the showroom
I couldn't help myself, I just had to try them on for size, especially the Tiger 800
I have been drawn to them lately. I sat on them in Richmond, both the 800XC and the non XC versions. There is also a white Tiger 800XC demo which felt very comfortable. It didn't seem so high as the others I have tried. The salesperson said that the seat has Hi and Low positions.
I don't mind telling you that when I saw that Yamaha Tenere I immediately thought of GeorgeF. When I noticed this colourful Bonneville I thought of Dar. All of us friends brought together through Blogging.
I went upstairs to the 2nd floor to look at all the goodies. I tried some stuff on and eventually noticed this Joe Rocket Alter Ego Ballistic 11.0 jacket. My current JR jacket is probably 5+ years old, time to be retired . . . to be given away to a noobie rider. I just have to figure out how to wash it first.
All merchandise is discounted at least 15%, and others on another rack are $100. off the regular price. So I just had to treat myself. I don't plan to wear it yet. I'm going to put it next to the new AlpineStar* boots I purchased last August. Now all I need are new riding pants. I'm getting new riding gear for my riding tour to Oregon this summer
I stuffed my new Jacket into my sidecase and came back to the showroom for another peek, before I had had a quick snack
While munching on my Hot Dog, my eyes got diverted to this curvacious
Beemer R1200R. It's another bike that I can't get out of my mind. Can you imagine having one of these scrumptious bikes and just let it sit in the garage because you are out riding your GS instead ? It's a crying shame, I tell you
I eventually left and headed towards home, but first I stopped by the marina to grasp a few rays of sun and just enjoy the day. I seem to come here often. It's peaceful, a place to think and gather your thoughts.
My older JR jacket is longer than my new one and often "rides up" when riding. This new Ballistic Alter Ego 11.0 is a bit shorter and feels just right