Yesterday was the first time it was significantly above freezing, long enough for the ice and snow to completely melt off the local roads.... probably 3 weeks or more since the last time I had 'good' riding conditions and the time to take advantage of it.
I had to sweep out my garage, so I could move the bike to a clean spot so I could inspect it and lube the chain. Passed a cursory cloth over the body work with a bit of spray on wax, then into the house to sort out gear, then sneak out before the 'honey do' list surfaces to suck up the moment.
Bike started as soon as I touched the key.... all is good. out the gates and on to the road, and honked on it as I ran it up through third, well past the legal limit. A quiet exhaust makes for happy neighbors.
Just picking roads at random, looking to avoid surprise drifts of sand in corners, and aware that there simply aren't that many bikes on the road at the moment. Best not to 'poke the bear' too hard...
I did find some good stretches of sweepers with no traffic -- clear skies, a few more cars out and about than I really would have liked; but good enough. I looped out past Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, VA and around the Northern end of Ft. A.P. Hill on a lot of roads I don't run every day. Caution is better than rash action, this time of year.
A short burst up I-95, and along I-301 gave me ample opportunity to run the bike at speeds which should not be mentioned -- everything is in order, and it's running well. It's difficult to ride this bike in a mature responsible manner at all times.
Trip odometer says I covered around 100 miles. It felt like more, and less. Would have been easy to just keep going.....