Maybe three times if you count running to the store for a loaf of bread, a ride of less than five miles. I came back from my little vacation to St. Augustine and rode to work on a bright sunny afternoon. Weather.com does not usually fail me, they were calling for a 30% chance of rain on the way home that night. My normal commute home is 35 miles one way and, depending on traffic and can I make all the green lights, can take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes.
"Hurricane" levels it was certainly miserable.
"So Robert" you may be asking yourself "why didn't you pull over and slip your rain suit on?" Because gentle reader, I was in the middle of no where. Despite this being a fast moving highway this part of the road has not really been developed. By the time I was able to pull off under a bank's awning I was already soaked to the bone. Putting on the rain suit by now was silly, but I did it anyway. It did help somewhat on the last 10 miles of the ride.
I've been caught out in the rain before, and actually generally enjoy it. I am a Rounder after all. At night however it's another story, I am not worried so much about how the bike handles and my ability to handle the bike in the rain. I worry about being seen, about a car speeding to fast for conditions and skidding into me. I worry about the cagers.
That being said, Kimmie handles exceptionally well in the rain. Where as my old beloved Burgman seemed sluggish at times, Kimmie's handling is a pleasure. A 2013 Kymco Xciting weighs 473 pounds (214.5 KG). The 2013 Burgman weighs 489 pounds (222 KG), you would not think that 16 pounds (7.26 KG) would make that big of a difference. Kimmie does have 98cc more power as well, I've said it before and I'll say it again, she's a sport bike compared to my former, beloved Burgman.
|Xciting on left, Burgman on the right|
Now of course I'm not the same rider I was a year ago either. That being said, if given the choice I would take the Burgman over Kimmie (don't tell her that please). For me it's an issue of storage. I never had an issue with the Burgman carrying everything. I had to buy a top case for Kimmie, and still have to take my jacket into work.
In the coming week I hope to attempt an oil change on Kimmie. I am quickly approaching 6,000 miles on Kimmie, so I may just take her to my friends at Affordable Motor Sports and have them do a full 5,000 mile service on it.
One thing I've learned about motorcycling is that its the little things that you need to pay attention to. Example, after sitting for a week my tires were 5 pounds low on pressure. That affects everything.
Well that's it. Another 5 minutes of your life wasted, thanks for reading!