After spending the last 20 years in the Sierra Nevada on the north end of Lake Tahoe ("Tilted" Village, NV) and waiting for about 35 feet of snow to melt each winter, living in Nashville this winter has been phenomenal! My friends here tell me this is a very unusual winter, what with the temps in the high 60s more than they are in the low 40s, and while i haven't had the LT for more than 48 hours now, my pickup day couldn't have been nicer in the dead of winter; a balmy 67 degrees. at around 8pm last evening the wife and i were so damned excited about our new bike, we took it out for another cruise. Flipped on the heated seats/backrest, warmed up the grips, and cruised Nashville until we came across a scene straight outta a horror movie--and most of us have probably had nightmares exactly like this. Now i mention this because I think it's pertinent--especially to those of us who have to wait through winters without riding much and jump on our bikes on warm days without honing up on our skills through regular riding. 3 sportbikes were on the side of the road under a new elevated curved onramp onto Briley Parkway. a couple of cop cars, an ambulance and a firetruck were there too. As we nosepicked by, we saw a bike smashed to smithereens, along with a rider under the dreaded yellow sheet. What happened here was the group were hammering onto the on ramp above, the guy lost it on the new pavement and hit the wall, flipped over the damned wall and he and the bike ell 75 feet to their deaths.
I know this is a sobering and sad thing to put on such a great thread but it does make us remember that it's a dangerous world out there and we always have to be on our toes--especially when we're intermittent winter riders.