Well we got back from lunch today and I managed to convince the wife that what was needed before putting up the Xmas lights was a quick blast to clear the head - she bought it
Gearing up and getting out there it was a bright but chilly (50F) Mississippi afternoon. I headed for the quieter roads and after 10 mins and a few overtakes I saw a shiny red low slung beastie in front of me. I crept up on it and realized it wasn't a Ferrari (don't think there is one of those in Mississippi?!) but a Dodge Viper with huge rear tires. Thought my recent Metzler M5's were expensive but dread to think what a set of those babies must cost? Anyway was cruising faster than the Viper so waited for an appropriate place to overtake but he suddenly accelerated. I thought initially to let him go but then thought I'm must defend the honor of the bike and the brand so rolled on the throttle (in 6th) and pulled up with him. He then booted it again and still without changing out of 6th I managed to pull him back very quickly. I honestly don't think he was trying real hard but it felt good that even rolling on this bike has AMAZING pull. Anyway we both realized it was a nice Sunday ride and with both our honor in tact we chilled back to cruising speed. As we came around the corner we were faced with 20-25 motorcycle cops with all the blues and twos going!!! Turns out they were riding shot gun for what must have been a toy run of I estimate 100+ bikes - every last one of them a Harley. I did feel a bit embarrassed to be going the other way and not doing something more worthwhile then chasing Vipers but it quickly past
Then a further 10 mins down the road, the Viper having pulled off, a Ford F-150 pulled out in front of me going very slowly. It's speed, or lack of it, giving away that something was not quite right. I figured it out quickly as one of the mountain bikes in the back dropped off the tailgate and bounced down the road towards me. Gentle squeeze, get it biting and then big squeeze and pulled the K13 to a halt and looked at the guy running to pick up his lost bike. A quick high speed blast to blow out the cobwebs and then home an hour and a half later just in time to get the red wine open. Completely forgetting about those lights - ah well there's always tomorrow. But that quick ride showed me again why I have so much respect for the big - the acceleration and the braking capability combined package must be a match for most "normal" road bikes?? Merry Xmas to all and SAFE riding.