Too much time in between posts. I know. I’ve put over 4000 miles on the SV since May of last year. Funny how it feels so much smaller, so much lighter than it did initially.
I had to park on a steep hill today; I rolled into a space, then looped tightly into the adjacent space so I’d be backed in — and stalled (first time in a very long time). A year ago, I would’ve probably dumped the bike. But I wrangled it as it began to tip, recranked with my thumb, and with two fingers on the brake and two on the throttle, curled it the rest of the way around and parked just fine. I was meeting an old friend at the place I used to work, and it would so have ruined my cocky entrance if I’d dumped the bike in the parking lot. If I’d had theme music, it would have been George Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone” — sung by the Carpenters.