July 30th, 2013
I knew I shouldn't have cleaned the bike yesterday. The forecast said there was the possibility of showers in the afternoon, so I thought I'd risk it. It has pretty much chucked it down all day, resulting in a very wet ride home. Part of my usual route has been closed for roadworks for a few days, so I'm having to take a little detour. It was on this detour about a mile from my house that I had a massive (well it felt like it was massive) slide from the back. I was manoeuvring past a slower car with the bike leant a little off centre and the back wheel let go. Not enough to highside me thankfully, but enough to make my heart race. After that the bike felt like it had a puncture as the back wheel felt like it was wandering around the place at even the most sedate of speeds. I stopped as soon as it was safe to check the bike and all seemed well. I checked the pressures...twice over the course of a few hours and all seems okay. Maybe I just picked up a film of some street grim, so to be safe I'll take it very steady on the way to work tomorrow.
Oh the fuel light has come on again. The Ducati clearly isn't the most economical of bikes to commute on. This leads me nicely onto my thoughts about a second bike. I've had a great little idea and have been thinking about picking something up which is a little out of left field, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out more.
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My name is Matt Brown and I'm a UK journalist formerly based in London, but now calling the South of England home. I've been riding bikes since 2007, but got hooked straight away. Nothing gives me the feeling of freedom, even when stuck in a city. In 2010 I became a RoSPA gold rider, but when it comes down to it, I'm Just a normal man, riding his bikes as often as he can.