I took my first 100 mile ride today!
25 degrees...no sweat. Aerostitch vest was warm and toastie. The Bandit fired on the first touch of the starter button. The new Continental Contiforce tires are sweet!
I stopped at Bala's H-D in Mauston and sat on an XR1200. Very cool bike. Nice workmanship. Really tall though. It felt about 1 inch higher in the seat than the Bandit. Also, I should mention that the seat is about as comfy as the dirt tracker the bike is made to emulate.....In other words, it's about 5/8" of leather covered foam on hard plastic. Uggh! Definately not worth the $10,700 they have on the price tag.
From Mauston I took a ride up to Necedah along Catle Rock Flowage, wary sand and wet patches.
'Ol Burt was right. You really do live more in five minutes on a motorcycle than some people do in a lifetime.