To all those looking at salty, snowy roads, my heart goes out to ya.
It's no problem, Dan.. Those of us in the snow are spending our time getting bikes ready, making modifications, and making plans for the upcoming riding season.
One thing I learned a long time ago was that enthusiasm about riding is heavily based on the rider's length of riding season.. If you don't believe me, go ride with a Canadian.
I didn't ride yesterday. Double A and I went and picked up my new (14 year old) VFR 750. I actually brought it home while it was snowing out, but I admit that it was behind my truck in Double A's trailer. Once getting it to Double A's heated garage the bike was given a good cleaning and inspection to see what needs to be addressed before the riding season..
This involves sitting in a garage and drinking beer (the other thing we do when we can't ride) and talking about motorcycles.
I read your post about the snow and got up and shot this photo of my back yard...
Under that cover is a 115+HP winter motorcycle that doesn't have a speed limit during daylight hours (in Wisconsin).. I actually dress more heavily for a 45 degree motorcycle ride than I do for a 10 degree snowmobile ride and still get too warm on snowmobile with it's excellent protection and heat from the engine. Electric start, reverse, heated grips and helmet faceshield, all make for a comfortable ride..
I'll be on it in a couple hours, and am actually riding it to a New Year's Eve party tonight.
So, while sending your heart out to us is very nice, in reality, I'll just be an 11 year old, giggling as I fly down the trails... (and yes, I giggle behind that heated faceshield)