I didn't leave the apartment Sunday but I road the motorcycle to and from work Monday through Thursday; I drove the car to work on Friday. It started raining Thursday night and hasn't stopped. The forcast calls for rain through Sunday, so no riding this weekend. It's like spring time in August.
A friend of mine sent me an article from the New York Times that talks about an increase in the number of fatalities from motorcycle accidents. The article attributes the increase to 3 factors: an increase in the number of riders, fewer States requiring helmets,
And, safety officials say, many of the riders are middle-age or older men who rode when they were young, gave it up as they raised children and have recently gone back to the bike. “They think they still have the same reflexes,” said James Port, the safety agency’s deputy administrator. (New York Times, Aug. 14, 2008)Hum, that describes me exactly - except for the children and the reflexes parts. I know my reflexes aren't what they use to be and I always wear a helmet.
I ordered saddle bags for the bike but they will take 2 weeks to arrive. I am going to get a security lock for the front wheel, in addition to the standard fork lock, for when the bike is parked. I am thinking about getting Lojack too but I'm not sure Lojack is worth it (an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.)