Thursday, January 21, 2010

Snow and tractor tires

In comparison to other motorcycle tires, the Pirelli Scorpion Syncs are semi-tractor tires. Yesterday, and generally in the winter, I wish the profile rills were twice as deep.
The drives to the office in the morning and to the Säumerstrasse midday were as usual, though on my way to Rüschlikon I did notice some lazy snowflakes floating around in the sky.
After work at Opa's I went to Regina's for two hours to help her out. When I left her apartment at twenty after eight, it was snowing thickly and the road was slowly but surely turning white.
Well, it couldn't be helped. I started the Beast, pulled on gloves and my helmet and we headed off home as fast as we could, which, considering the circumstances, wasn't very fast at all. Especially since I was driving with an open visor because I can't see through the tinted glass in the dark.
To get home from Regina's I have to go over the Gattikon hill and up to the Langenberg, and the altitude changes were obvious.
Going through Gattikon worked all right, though the road was already completely brushed with a thin layer of white. The Albisstrasse, on the other hand, was the limit for parading a fat back tire. Luckily I had no one behind me; I drove the whole stretch in first gear.
One car driver was so kind as to alert me by flashing his brights to the fact that motorcycles really don't belong on the roads in these conditions. As if I didn't notice.
Finally I could set the blinker and turn into the Vögelistrasse. Ever since that useless road renovation got done we have a sharp bump between the main road and our "driveway" so you have to exit the main road very slowly if you're on two wheels. Well, we got off the Albisstrasse but then the snow was really too thick, and the back wheel kept breaking out at the slightest touch of the gas.
So I turned off the Beast and called Löchen.
He and Joshua both came jogging and pushed the bike into the garage for me, where it still stands, hoping, like me, for a quick disappearance of the white blanket.

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