The lovely Miss Debbie is back in the saddle!
This past Sunday was my sweetie’s first time back on any motorcycle since we were driven-into by an inattentive motorist during Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach on October 16th. This was also the second time Blue II — the new-to-us 2013 CVO Road King that replaced the totaled Blue I — was out on the road for an honest-to-goodness ride.
Feels just like old times and Blue II rides very much like Blue I. The exhaust note is a little different due to some different sound batting in the exhaust cans and the engine tune is as aggressive as the last tune that Blue I received just before Daytona. The latter will be remedied tomorrow when Blue II goes in to Harley-Davidson of Atlanta for a few hours on the Dyno with David who did the last tune on Blue I. In fact, Blue II is all loaded up on our friend David’s trailer and ready to be dropped off before noon tomorrow. I’ll pick her up on the way home from work.
Debbie was very happy with her new HJC helmet. The visor is a big winner but she’s not necessarily sold on having the wind rushing by her ears and mentioned something about wanting ear muffs to keep the cold air from getting into her ears. We’ll have to investigate to see what our options might be short of putting right back into a 3/4 helmet, but this time one with a flip-up / retractable visor. The pink helmet is actually intended to be used when we’re down in Florida where it should be warmer.
However, she wasn’t all that thrilled with the footboards that I’d added. She likes to ride with her heels down behind the pegs and at least at first that wasn’t possible with the footboards. However, by the mid-point of our ride on Sunday she found she could drop her western boot heels off the backside of the footboard and apparently that felt OK. So, we’ll see what happens. These could end up being OK as is, held in reserve for use only on the long road trips or being sold for $.60 on the $1.00 to some lucky FLH owner.