Some of my ridding partners and I have a rule...lol If we show up for the next ride without a tidy machine, it will cost up a demerit, meaning we will buy the first round after the ride. Anyway, I love the bike. I had an 87 hurricane 1000f then 1990 CBR 1000f. Those were the bikes that eventually lead me to the first and only Blackbird in 1997. I have had other bikes for the track, but nothing compairs to the comfort of the Blackbird for the long hauls and occasional two up riding. The average day on the Bird is around 300 plus miles. Like beestoys, we too head to the mountains or the coast before the late heat of the day. That is the reason for the tank bag, it has a liner for the jacket...lol, to many times have taken off on a good ride and have the temps drop by 30 degrees or so. Thanks again Gents.