This afternoon my hands felt cold. The day started cold but the sun was shining now. But yesterday there was rain. My gloves were dry but must have absorbed some moisture and as it evaporated, my hands were cooling.
That got me paying attention to my hands. One was on the throttle and the other mostly just holding the handgrip lightly. There is an interesting sensation when making small turns up and down. The motorcycle accelerates and slows ever so slightly. No sudden movements. No wheelies today. Just a little faster with traffic and a little slower as somebody moves into my lane ahead.
As the speed goes down a little more, I notice that I have shifted to fifth without a thought. My left hand gripped the clutch squeezing and releasing in a seconds time. My left toe nudged the shift lever a tiny half inch. I could feel the ka-chunk a little in my butt as the gears re-engaged.
Now I’ve moved over to the left to avoid a rough spot in the pavement. I shifted my weight a tiny bit to that side. There wasn’t any real leaning over. The handlebar never moved side to side, maybe it tilted but it would take a pretty sensitive gauge to record any change in lean angle.
There are little imperfections in the highway. Sometimes, even big ones are there too. I can feel most of them. One of these days I’m going to tweak the suspension. I have thought about that for a year now but someday I will. Maybe then I will feel the highway less – who knows?
Watch out! That doofus in the BMW is cutting in front of me and too close to the other car up there. She doesn’t seem to have a passenger, but I guess the ‘carpool’ provision doesn’t apply to everyone. My right hand squeezed the brake lever and my right foot grazed the rear brake just a little. No panic move was required. I usually feel better to leave room on the road for German car drivers and others who should turn in their keys.
So, what is going on? I am one with my machine. My body is in contact and I can feel whatever the motorcycle feels. As I move, my motorcycle moves with me. This is a wonderful sensation. This is the reason I ride.