With Carolina off to work early and with the sun already shining outside, I suited up and wheeled the Ducati out of the garage. After a good few goes, she finally started and this hesitation is starting to concern me as I'd hoped the stronger battery would cure these issues. Clearly not.
As regular readers will know, there is some great riding to be found in my neck of the woods and I headed out with the intention of getting out and back before any resemblance of tourist traffic turned up. What's that they say about best laid plans?
Getting up beyond Blandford, the glorious sunshine near the coast gave way to misty conditions. Not enough to ruin the ride, but certainly enough to affect its pace. Enjoying the A30 I eventually pulled up to one of my favourite coffee spots in Salisbury and sat down to have some breakfast.
Thinking about it, I probably stayed there a little longer than I should, but after leaving, most traces of the mist had gone, leaving beautiful riding weather and a little more traffic behind.
As I was enjoying myself, rather than heading straight home, I decided to loop back around to Shaftesbury and then head onto Sherborne and Dorchester before picking up my old commuting route for the final stretch.
When I got back on the A30 to Yeovil, that delay in the coffee shop started to take its toll as traffic levels really started to increase. To make matters a little worse, Sherborne Castle was hosting a country fair, with cars forming long queues into the car parks. Looking at the faces of the poor people stuck in their cars, I'm really rather glad I was going the other way.
Again out in the countryside, I was still able to make my way past drivers and when getting to Dorchester, I found myself in tourist traffic heading back home after spending the weekend in either Dorset or Devon.
I haven't had a good four hour ride, just for the sake of riding, in a long time and getting back on the Ducati after taking out two of the latest sportsbikes on the market last week, I found the Ducati not wanting at all. With no electronic aids, the 1098s is still a very pure motorcycle. Its fast, still looks amazing and is a dream to ride. Now, if I can source the starting problem, she'll be perfect.