Last weekend I took the leap and reinsured my bike after her short winter hibernation in the Moto lair. I had a very short ride after I laid out my $912 smackers and then parked it again for a few days because of heavy rain. I was noticing a rough edge to my riding, so when this happens I do what I always do take it back to the lot & do 8's, practicing u-turns, swerving and quick stops and this helps smooth out the rough edges and quiets my heart.
Today I met up with a non-riding girlfriend and we had coffee and when I was done I just felt the need for some helmet time with nothing but the whine and hum of the engine. It was a beautiful sunny day & not too cold. Off I went into the sunshine and it felt as if Scarlet and I were meshing and riding was smoothing out.
I love the feel of the road, the purr of the engine, the technical areas of riding smoothly. My favorite part is when I am going up to a stop and my foot slides down and the pavement meets the sole of my boot. To me it almost feels balletic and graceful. I love watching other riders shift and ride, there is an art to motorcycling and scootering and only those in the club truly understand our feelings of joy and the flush of excitement at the merest thought of adventuring out on the asphalt ribbon.
After two hours out on the bike, my soul felt still and calm.