Motorcycles mean freedom, power, speed, ostentation. They are expensive, dangerous toys. They are an instance of the technological sublime. But they are also promises. Riding a motorcycle is a promise to wear boots all summer long. It is a promise to be hot and sweaty when it is hot and sweaty out, a promise to get bugs and dust splattered all over you on dry days. And a promise to get wet when it rains.
Today, that meant very wet.