Well, it's been nearly a month since we left Winter behind and it was now time to switch over to my summer tires. I usually change over to Winter tires every Thanksgiving and remove them during Easter.
I have both sets mounted on their own rims which makes things easier for me
Last year I bought an impact wrench to makes things easier. I decided to get one with a cord as it is much simpler than keeping the rechargeable batteries, charged . I also like to hand torque the nuts by hand
I have my own air compressor which makes things more convenient
and the wheels make for a good chair as I take a short break to gather my strength. Soon enough I am finished and nearly jumping for joy . . .
As long as I have my compressor set up I also check the tires on my Vstrom
This was on Friday, which was a Stat Holiday and a long weekend for us
On Saturday, our local BMW dealer had a "garage" sale, to clear out items that either didn't sell, or they had too many of . . .
The had a radio station DJ there and some clearance items, under the tents. I got there a bit after 10am and the BBQ was just being set up, not that I needed to have anything to eat as I had just come from breakfast, with the guys
This dealer also sell Triumph so they had some Triumph branded gear at a healthy discount.
I noticed some Olympia Hi-Viz but most of them were XL or XXL which is too large for me.
Finally I find my size in this light coloured Olympia which I rather quite liked. I was checking it out and seeing how all the pockets worked and fastened
I also checked out the other sections but kept coming back to the first jacket . So I tried it on
Most of my other riding jackets were black and I thought this would be better to wear in the summer where it would reflect the heat more, but somehow the front pockets didn't feel deep nor secure enough. I went inside to see what else they had.
Not that I needed another jacket but I came home with this
Rev'it! riding jacket
I've never had a Rev'it! before but I must say that this jacket has a lot of useable pockets. I am not planning any big rides this year so for now I'll just hang it up with the other jackets I'm not using. I bought a Joe Rocket Alter Ego 5.0 a couple of years ago and it is still serviceable. It has removeable panels and converts to a full mesh jacket but last year, even in 100°F heat, I did not use the mesh feature.
So here I am at home modeling my new Rev'it! riding jacket. See, the tags are still attached
About 5 years ago I bought an Olympia AST Hi-Viz fluorescent orange riding jacket. It is very hard on your eyes if you wear it in bright sunshine, Thus the reason I don't use it much.
I really wanted the Hi-Viz yellow at the time, but they were selling the Hi-Viz orange ones for $100. less. This AST jacket has a waterproof membrane bonded to the outer layer but on a trip to Vancouver Island during August 2009 it leaked in the elbow area, even with the rainproof liner installed
Somewhere around 2007, I bought a Power-Trip.com jacket which is mainly leather but has removeable fabric panels and converts to a full mesh jacket. I wore this jacket on my first Maxi Scoot ride to Oregon back in August 2008. It is just like new
and as you notice, still fits. I've been watching my figure and during the past couple of weeks I have lost a few more pounds. I actually held 180 lbs for a couple of days but that was before I started to have hamburgers again
anyway, back to the dealership
I saw one rider testing a few different Triumph models. The BBQ was very tempting but . . .
I had just eaten breakfast and another meal so close was out of the question if I was to maintain my beauty figure. I did however break down and had a Coke. It looked like they had home-made pork patties, squarish and served on a hot dog style bun
The radio station DJ had their turntables spinning. I was surprised to see records and not merely MP3's
I also took the chance to see some of the new models
and imagining that I was riding to some exotic destination
Maybe I should buy a few more lotto tickets . . .