At last the weather in January turned in our favour and although there was some cloud cover at times, overall today has been a sunny day for us. And it was not just us who had the idea that today was the day to give the bikes a run out, we came across no end of motorcyclists out which was great to see.
The month of January can seem to drag in the world of motorcycling, no MotoGP, World Super Bike or British Super Bike racing to watch on a cold Sunday afternoon and whilst there are plenty who ride in all weathers there are not that many who want to be venturing out when the temperatures are hardly rising above freezing and there is salt on the roads. But, today was a good day, in fact at one point the temp gauge registered 8 degrees and that seemed positively tropical when you think back over the past few days and weeks here in the UK.
We set off mid morning for a ride-out through Cheshire, crossing the borders of Staffordshire and Shropshire a few times before ending up at Lynn’s Raven Cafe on the outskirts of Whitchurch for a warming brew and lots of chat with like minded riders. We had several comments about the handlebar mitts that Jan has on her motorbike and whilst they may not necessarily be that aesthetically pleasing to the eye they most definitely are a very welcome addition to her Kawasaki during the winter months 🙂
From coffee we headed north on the A49 and got to enjoy a virtually empty road apart from the Kawasaki Z1000 who was ahead of us and who seemed to be enjoying the flowing bends just as much as us! It was good also to pass other motorbikes and we ended up at J&S Motorcycle Accessories shop at Oakmere where there were loads of bikes parked up making the most of the weather. We caught up with some of the lads who have been out with us on ride-outs who were looking for some new kit and we had time to call in on the girls in the Fourways Cafe and Grill for a natter before heading back.
Of course with riding at this time of year there comes the need for bike washing at the end of it, but all things considered there was not that much muck to wash off and when all said and done it is a small price to pay when we have been able to get out and about on two wheels…. what better way to spend a Sunday! 🙂