Living in the moment
Just for a second, I wanna share this snapshot in time - this is what it's all about, for me. No raving on about wish-list upgrades (of which there are a few... biggies) or how cool it would be to own one of the latest 25G exclusives. And no bitching about taking it apart and fitting it back. We're supposed to live in a state of gratitude, right?
The pic is from last night. Just parked after another commuter day.
This is my Repsol. There are many like it, but this one is mine. Valves were just done. Plugs, tires, AF, oil... all new. Throttle and clutch are dialed in just right. Got my EZ pass mounted. Got the Throttlemeister and ProGrips. It needs nothing. Except my wrist. (OK, maybe front pads, soon.) But at this exact moment - I'm good!
I have my Swissgear backpack, with everything in its place. A perfect solution for this vehicle. Good protective gear - all of it is a pleasure to coordinate.
It's 27 miles to work in the morning and 27 home. Mostly highway commute withhardly any bottlenecks, lights, or bad roads.
This CBR is running fiercely strong. Just perfect. I think I wanna be... over there? BOOM! There I am. I need to change position. FLICK!!
Done. Go around someone? Whoooooshhhh!! Buh-bye. When there's room to hold it WTFO, man it's really something. Even as the shift light is
flashing, it's making mo' power... mo' power!
I just checked the weather - sunny tomorrow. YAY. I don't care that rain is forcasted for the weekend. I hardly ride on the weekend. Maybe a few miles here and there, mostly just an excuse to get on it. Once a year maybe I get lucky and do a ride with friends. And if it rains during the work week, I ride anyway. If drier weather is predicted for later in the day, wtf?
No tickets in many years, and that in itself is a miracle because the only time I ride the speed limit is on those narrow 25mph "village roads" where there's a ton of pedestrian foot traffic.
On the highway, I usually don't use up all empty space ahead of me in constant greedy bursts. Lots of times I just cruise, a bit faster than most others, enjoying an open lane. Because it's the old adage - I know what I've got! I don't have to use it all the time. But other times I chance it that the State Po-Po helio is not hovering above me, and if visibility for sneaky hideouts is good, then the Repsol becomes my terra jet. It begs to be spun up, and I crack by everything like a bolt of lightning from the HRC gods. Huge stretches of asphalt disappear at a frightening pace, thundering over bumps, upsetting the chassis, but not too much to handle.
Snapping wheelies, squeezing off stoppies, turning hard at 90mph... this motorcycle can do much more than I can. I trust it, implicitly, as I do my ability to control my need for speed.
For those of you who share this experience (on these boards that's just about everyone) and for those thinking about motorcycling as something
to explore, I wanted to post this note about how much I appreciate these bikes. (This is like my 5th Honda) It's a miracle of technology. And when some stupid egomaniac isn't risking my life to prove how fast he or she can pass me or keep up, it's a most relaxing and exhilarating experience.
My job is fun, but the best part of my workday, really, is to and from!
2009 CBR Repsol, 2nd owner
Yoshi R-77 full, SS shawty/Pirelli Angels/Hotbodies tail kit/Throttlemeister/Brembo RCS19/GB Racing engine covers/Honda eCushion seat/Carbone Lorraine brakes/Spiegler orange lines/Cox radiator guard/Radiator spaced for fan clearance/Engine Ice coolant/Dynojet PC-V/Dynojet IRC/K&N AF/Flapper mod
FIAMM Freeway blaster horns/Repsol 4T Racing 3L oil/SportRider suggested suspension settings (preload left stock)