This week, I varied my route to work as this would actually allow me to ride the bike on roads more suited to two wheels, leaving the monotonous ride on the motorway for the trip home.
This week, despite being 'dry', conditions were still tricky, especially under trees and on the faster, twistier roads, with greasy patches evident.
With the leaves finally falling from the trees, they add yet another dynamic to the ride. You don't want to me hard on the brakes, or on the gas for that matter, with one of the wheels relying on the grip of damp leaves to keep you facing the right way.
I picked up a post from one of my Facebook friends. Chap called Ben who lives Hampshire way and rides a similar FireBlade to mine I think. He put up a post thanking a driver for the 'game' during his ride to work.
As motorcyclists, we've all been there. In the right conditions we come across something sporty, on four wheels and usually expensive. We quickly decide to, shall me say, tag along for a bit. It is one of those little joyous moments, where you know matey in front has their foot firmly planted to the floor, but no matter how they try, they can't shift the little headlight in the mirror.
Sometimes they keep trying , but the rest of the time they pull over to the left and you just breeze past on a machine worth an absolute fraction of theirs.
I had this very situation this week with an Audi RS6 when riding the 'Blade. Now my bike probably cost the same as the wheels, which is why it was probably so much fun. If you want comfort, buy a car. If you want to hunt Porsche's, Audi's and BMW's get a bike. Car fast and bike fast are rarely the same thing.