Where are the waterproof gloves I came to the show to find? The Fiesta Hall is about a hundred booths with merchants selling all kinds of motorcycle gear. I walk quickly past the one with a nifty trailer and another with leathers. I have a mission. Here is a booth with baklavas, sunglasses, and gloves. But, alas, none of them are waterproof. The prices are pretty good so maybe I will return.
Next is a display of old Japanese motorcycles. After that, I see a Norton club has several old English motorcycles to check out. Around the corner there is another gear booth. Do you have waterproof gloves? Yes, over there. But he only has one small and two triple extra large gloves. This is the first full day on the first stop for this show tour and he is already sold out. My day job is inventory management and this guy failed.
I pass by a couple more booths and find where they have big names like Cortech and Tourmaster for sale. This might be the place. Where are your waterproof gloves? On the other side and there is a great show price! But none left to sell. They were $50 at the show and I can get them for only $120 on line. Or, I can give him money now and he will send them later. No thanks. I wonder what part of the world is so wet that all the waterproof gloves are sold out already. There have been only a couple of light rains so far in my area.
No gloves this year at the show. How about a chain? Will someone have the 100,000 mile chain I would like? I found the K&N booth. Then I learned that they do not have an air filter for my Versys. The Progressive Insurance area had a slot car race going on. It looked like fun but there were a few dozen kids already in line. The winner probably got a Progressive yo-yo and not likely a free insurance policy. The woman with “Flo” on her name tag did not look at all like the woman on TV.
I bought a T-shirt at one booth. It is cool, shows the fish walking from the sea and evolving to an ape, a caveman, an erect man with a tool and then to a motorcycle rider. I guess Darwin never got to the end of his thesis.
The Highway Patrol was manning a booth promoting safety classes. I listened a while. He had a not-so-interesting conversation with a guy who always rides carefully and slowly when he rarely uses the dotted line. I got to thinking later why there isn’t so much in the driver training and DMV testing on avoiding motorcycle accidents. Is this only our issue?
I got my helmet back from the Christian Motorcycle Group check booth. Then I rode to Cycle Gear and bought some waterproof gloves they had on sale at $20. Their gear is usually good. And I know if my hands do get wet, I can return the gloves easily.