Aside from honoring those who have fallen in service to our country, Memorial Day is also seen as the unofficial beginning of summer. For motorcyclists who live in parts of the country that experience cold weather, summer is prime time for riding our bikes. Just like the beginning of riding season tune up for your bike, sometimes the new season reveals items of riding gear we need, too. Take advantage of all kinds of deals on motorcycle gear.
The day began like all summer days do in Japan, with the incessant shrieking of cicadas and rapidly building heat. At just 10:00 AM, the atmosphere was already a thick, steamy mess and although I expected the transition as I stepped from the air conditioned comfort of my apartment, I still paused for a moment in that same way a person naturally does when they step into a shower that is set just a little too hot. Even at this early hour it was obvious that it was going to be another scorcher and I toyed briefly with the idea of abandoning my plans and returning to the comfort of the sofa. But my ’91 GSX-R 1100 had sat unused for too long and the truth was I felt guilty about neglecting it.