I’m in a new contract now for a small company about a forty-five minutes away. I’m primarily doing consulting on this one. I’m helping this company set up a distributed development environment with proper source code repositories and collaboration systems. I’m also doing some interface design. It’s a lot of fun, even without the coding.
The best part about the new job is that it gives me the oportunity to ride my motorcycle into work. I’ve had the bike for about a month now and love it. It’s a Honda CBF600. It can do 120mph easy (the guy at the dealership told me). I got it up to about 85 on a very straight and quiet rode and freeked myself out by going too fast. I’m not quite there yet. I’m also not at that “weaving though traffic” stage.
The most embarassing moment I’ve had so far with the new bike was coming up to a roundabout with an uneven road. When I put my foot down, I lost my balance and dropped the bike. I got my leg out from under it before it fell. When I tried to lift it, I grabbed it as if I would grab my bicycleâby the handlebars. I couldn’t lift it no matter how hard I tried. The guy in the car behind me (with a growing queue of traffic behind him) got out of his car and with a big smile on his face put one hand on the rear seat of the bike and one hand on the handlebars and lifted it easy. Now I know– I need to lift it like I’m lifting a heavy box and not like I’m lifting a bicycle. I bent the clutch and the gear shift, but no other damage was done. I was able to bend the gear shift back myself by taking it off and hammering it out and replaced the clutch for about Â£10. So, a learning experience. That bike is heavy.
Here’s a picture.