It is summer, and I’ve been remiss in updating this blog. So here, in one fell swipe, are a few photos to get up to date:
I did a weekend ride into France and got as far as Polligny in the Jura.
That was a hot ride with a lot of fillup stops for rider and machine.
On another day ride I visited the motorcycle museum at the Augustusburg south of Chemnitz.
Promptly fell in love with this Indian. Ain’t she a beauty!
Visited the racetrack at Oscherleben for a running of the IDM series. Impressive, but not as fun as riding yourself.
My older daughter finally found the traditional motorbike she had been looking for.
It is a Kawasaki W800 with shaft and bevel gear driven overhead cam.
More strange motorcycles. This is what I saw at a dealer. KTM prepares for winter.
This is what I got at that dealer, Dainese racing boots. They look a bit Cinderella-like, but they don’t hang up on the footrests as my Daytonas were doing.
The kind of strange thing on a bike you don’t want to see. On my Panigale 1199, the rubber top of the indicator switch went flying. One could still indicate, but not set the lights off. Promptly repaired under warranty, though the ride to the dealer for that was strange, giving hand signs on a superbike on the Autobahn…
Gear image #2: Harley Vintage leather jacket, for when I want to look like Marlon Brando in “The Wild One”. Practical for riding, too, even in summer. Long ventilation zippers fore and aft.
And finally, as a sendoff, gear image #3..For the summer motorcycle tour into the French Alps, I got an Arai RX-7 GP. It is a race helmet, but very comfortable to wear and very well ventilated. The black visor gives it a Daft Punk look, don’t you think?