Yup, it happened. But how did it happen? Where did they go? What did they ride?
Hasn’t been much of a riding year for me. I’ve only put about 2000 km on the Super Tenere. Mostly because I was commuting with another person to work for the summer. Weather didn’t help motivate us to plan any weekend adventures. I’ve seen Dendog a bunch this summer, but we usually travel with our families and that means: No motorcycle trips!
But that all changed Sept 19, 2014. The culminating weekend of the 2.5 year preparations and celebrations for my birthday. The preparations began in earnest when I purchased my Super Tenere with the goal of riding to Alaska.
A few weeks ago I read this post on the Super Tenere Forums: Wife buys dude a Grom. I thought, “hey, that’s really cool”. I had been watching Honda Grom Youtube videos during the rainy summer and thought, “hey, that’s really cool”. A little bike to fart around on. Cool. I had mentioned them to my son and wife and Dendog.
On Sept 18th, Dendog, Mrs. Dendog and our mommy arrived at my house in my dad’s truck. With a Honda Grom in the bed of the truck! It was for me! My wife had purchased a Grom for me! Dendog did the procuring at Hully Gully in London, ON.
Friday Morning, Dendog and I unloaded it, laughed at the tiny battery, put some gas in it and fired it up. We rode up and down the street a bit, adjusted the clutch and then suited up for the maiden ride. Dendog rode the Super Tenere for the first time and I rode the Grom. It was a blast. Had to stop for fuel and filled it up with $4.60 of gas. Dudes at the gas station were staring. I was in my full gear, riding this tiny bike and taking with Dendog on the intercoms while I fueled up. He was out of sight so it probably looked like I was talking to myself. A bit like the old days of Bluetooth headsets.
We did about 50 km around the back roads. Up hills it was a struggle to maintain speed. The little Grom isn’t broken in yet. Can’t see anything out of the mirrors. One of the neat features is that with a full face helmet, you can’t see the bike at all as you are riding.
I have to think about what mods I am going to do. Would be nice to get a few more km/h to make the commute to work viable (almost all 80 km/h roads). Most popular performance mods seem to be
-taking out the restricting tube in the air intake (I already did this)
-big bore kit (any size up to 181 CC)
I was joking with my wife that I could spend $400 and get an exhaust system that cuts the bikes weight by 5 lbs. Or, for free, I could lose 5 lbs 🙂
Now that I have two bikes again, Dendog and I can ride when he is in town. Next summer we hope to do the east coast and finish the provinces. I’ll take the Tenere 🙂
I think I need racing leathers to go with the Grom!
We went out for dinner Friday night. We went to Kelsey’s. It wasn’t great, but it was better than Smitty’s!