On Wednesday the heavens opened and knowing how bad the road surface on the M25, especially around the Surrey stretch gets, I had to head through town. So in the rain and fighting through horrid traffic, I took my usual route South via the A406, A205 and A3, but something weird happened. Once I'd gotten past the roadworks on the A406, I was flying. I just had so much confidence in the bike and the tyres I was really enjoying myself. I wasn't pushing hard, but I was making some really great time and I really enjoying the ride, despite the weather. Sadly though my kit was still soaked by the time I headed for home. Can't win them all I guess.
Onto today then. The Ducati runs out of road tax at the end of the month and as I know I won't want to ride her until Spring she'll be SORNed over winter. Therefore today I took my final little spin on the Ducati for 2015. It wasn't a massive ride, just a rip down to the coast and Lulworth Cove to have a coffee and head back. My temp gauge claimed 20 degrees...at the end of October. It was lovely and I even had a man come up so me and talk to me about my bike in the queue. He was probably one of the cars I passed on the way there. Hell, it would have been rude not to pass. Lulworth is beautiful and well worth a visit, anytime of year. Sunshine, just makes it sweeter.
Despite the Ducati being put away, the FireBlade won't be so lucky. I fully intend to ride that over the winter, although commutes in the real cold (like sub 5 degrees) are highly unlikely unless I invest in some heated kit. There are a few jobs that need to be done on that bike too and I really need to invest in some R&G engine case protectors. Onward and upward.