But this morning was different... after nine weeks of exercise, I took a light week this week, and today took my newly rejuvenated R1100RT out for a ride at 6am. It's just lovely, much more manageable than the Pan 1300 and it dances across the road like a much lighter bike. After an hour and a half I returned and am currently enjoying a coffee listening to the birds.
Now, you may regard this (as I do) as a complex, modern beast. It does have electronics, although beneath its fancy skin it's essentially a basic BMW twin. Although not the granite quality of the airheads that preceded it, there are numerous 200k+ mile examples to make up for the odd wrong'un. It's VMCC eligible next year, which scares me as I well recall being invited and attending my local dealer's launch of these for a test ride. Must have been about '94.
As I rode it this morning, I wondered what it'll be like in 50 years' time. The LCD temp/fuel/clock will long have died, its ignition trigger will have been replaced and I expect the bodywork will have deteriorated. I wondered this as I'm still searching for a 50s single and so many of these are as functional as when new, despite their age.
Still, it was nice to be back in the saddle: I've meant to go out for ages but it's just too hot and sunny in the daytime - too hot for leathers unless you actually need to go somewhere, which I don't!
The final thing in its favour was that when I returned my wife asked what I'd been doing. With the bedroom windows open she always hears me leave and return. Not this morning. The bike is whisper quiet, unlike many classics I've woken the neighbours with as I get out of the lane behind the houses.
You never know, I might even keep it