Finally! It was 47 degrees after a long, cold, snowy winter here in Michigan and my dirt road just got graded, making it possible to carefully sneak between ice and mud on either side. The boss needed spaghetti noodles so I volunteered to make the run for my spring shakedown . In states like Michigan where you can't ride year round, cagers forget what motorcycles are for the first month or two of each riding season and I'm well aware of this. I was prepared for people not seeing me turning in front of me ect...I was hoping it wasn't going to happen of course.
First four-way stop sign I come to...I've got my hi- beam on and my left turn signal, I let everyone go, including the car facing me. I slowly begin to move, but my spider sense tells me to back off...sure enough, the car behind the first car facing me at the four-way starts going through the intersection. I had stopped in plenty of time and through my right hand up in a gesture of dis-belief and the driver only then realized I was there and swerved (more out of shock than the necessity to avoid me) and put up hands with the traditional "where'd you come from look?"
The ride was uneventful after that which is the way I prefer it. It felt great to be back on the road and I'm lookin forward to year of riding which includes at least one rally and the moto GP at the Brickyard. So, all you guys and gals from the cold states, remember that it takes a month or so for the cagers to realize we wheren't a fad last year and be careful.