..no longer can I be called a hardened biker
When the bike in question has a 1.6 litre, 6-cylinder engine and is designed to whisk you down to Italy in a couple of days, then the usual road-test of a couple of hundred miles around twisty country roads here in the UK just wouldn't have cut it.
So last weekend I took a virgin (not in that sense) pillion for a blast around Northern France. Full first ride report to follow shortly but I wanted to mention the heated seats. Sure, for her, I thought the heated seats would be a deal-maker and might buy me a few brownie points too, but I wouldn't use mine. No way. I'm a hardened biker.
Almost two-years ago I rode the S1000RR through snow, ice and rain to the tip of Morocco and back in January, in a week. I didn't use heated gear. I was foolish but it felt like a badge of honour.
Truth is I wish I'd have had the heated seats and grips that are on the K1600 when I did that trip on the S1000RR.
Riding when it's cold: I'm used to the crisp air channeling the contents of my runny nose up the side of my cheek like someone's dragging a sharp icicle across my face and everytime I rub my nose it feels like it might snap off. So it's quite surreal to ride in these conditions but turn the heated seat down a notch because I was just too warm.
Heated seats: warmth without the wires. Will they appear on non-tourers anytime soon?
Posted: 25/10/2011 at 16:45
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