It’s 4C (39F) with high percentages of sand and water on the roads, but I got out for a ride today. Selene got a little dirty, but not quite as bad as I expected. I put on around 20km (12mi) or so, just far enough to take Joey to work, get me home and get my hands cold.
The roads are in ridiculous shape. I didn’t realize how bad they were until I could actually look down and see them. Some places aren’t even pavement anymore. It’s so chewed up it may as well be dirt. It will be interesting to see if they actually have a budget to fix them after the horrible winter we’ve had.
I can’t say I’ve ever had an issue with riding a motorcycle with a lot of dirt around. Hell, I learned how to ride my first street bike on the dirt back roads of my home town. You just have to keep your wits about you and not enter turns fast or on a steep angle. Selene took it all like a champ and it was nice to be able to completely dodge the pot holes littering the streets.
One other thing I kept in mind was to increase my follow distance with cars. Not only did this have the benefit of keeping them from spraying me with dirty/salty water, but it also allowed me to watch for the pot holes obscured by the car. Keeping the distance to two/two and half car lengths seemed good for the amount of water on the roads.
I have to say, it was great. Even with all the obstacles to avoid, it was a great little ride. It’s great to be back on two wheels.