So yesterday I rode the back roads from Olympia to Centralia which is just 24 miles south by freeway, approx 30 miles by the route I chose. The ride down was wonderful. Nice easy pace, no stress. Top speed of around 50 mph.
Well, my wife's agency was taking part in a softball tournament. My wife drove our motorhome down so we would have a place to escape between games and make lunch. After the games were done, we decided to go to motorcycle shop I bought my bike. Of course it started to rain on the ride and we took the freeway. First off, my jacket is NOT waterproof! The rain stung through the sleeves. Second, there is still something wrong with my bike. The backend of the bike did not feel right above 55 mph. I am not sure how to describe the feeling, but pre-crash, the bike was predictable and smooth and inspired confidence. Now, the bike is fine below 50 mph, but over just feels "weird" above 50 mph.
After checking out the motorcycle shop, we took the motorhome to walmart (don't normally shop there, but it was close) and bought a lightweight waterproof jacket that I was able to put on below my riding jacket. We went back and got the bike and I rode it to a dinner for the participants of the tournament. We left at dark and my wife took the motorhome via the freeway and I took the back roads again. Now I had the worry about the bike not feeling right and the dark with the unknown beyond the headlights. One positive is that the headlight I put on is much nicer than the stock light. I did make it home safe and sound with no problems from cagers or local wildlife.
Now I get to decide what to do about the bike. I will still be riding it for my around town errands and commute, but I don't feel like it is safe to ride down to Sport Touring NW this year.