It was pretty chilly this morning which I guess was appropriate since this is the first day of winter. It can actually get pretty cold in the desert especially at night but normally it doesn't stay that way because the sun warms things up pretty fast in the daytime. And the front that came through that caused the cold is usually gone in a day or two and the temperatures get back to being comfortable again pretty quick.
My new motorcycle was delivered this morning and it definitely is a weird looking thing and it's even weirder because it doesn't have a seat on it. The way I understand it is the Beta factory In Italy doesn't put a seat on their Trials motorcycles but they make a kit that they sell that allows you to put the seat on the motorcycle yourself.
Apparently somewhere along the line somebody decided that since Americans don't buy very many trials bikes, but they do buy a lot of bikes for riding on the trail, it would be a good idea for the factory to make a kit that would contain a seat, a small gas tank, a bigger primary sprocket, and a few other odds and ends and let anyone that wants to change their trial bike to a trail bike quickly and easily .
I'm guessing the American Beta distributors decided it would be a good idea to take the Beta Evo they were getting from the factory, and the seat kit that the factory made, and create a new motorcycle called the Beta Evo Sport. So actually the Beta Evo sport is built by the distributors in America using the seat kit.
I said all that just so I could explain why my motorcycle doesn't have a seat on it. The Beta distributor in California had plenty of motorcycles but the seat kits were still "on the way" so I decided instead of waiting for the distributor to put one together when they get some seat kits I would just get the motorcycle and they could send me the seat kit when they receive it.
So here I am with a motorcycle I can't sit down on but have to stand just like trials riders do, and to make it worse a lot of my standing muscles have been replaced by powerful sitting muscles that allow me to sit for extended periods of time without fatigue but leave me whining like a little girl if I have to stand on a motorcycle for more than five minutes.
But I'm not worried because the seat is "on the way" from Italy no less. In fact it appears that anything to do with trials bikes comes from some European country whose butts we saved during World War II and now they're paying us back with overpriced motorcycle parts.
Despite all that I want to thank Mike Carlton owner of Dirt Riders West again for handling all of my logistic problems and making this transaction as easy as it could possibly be.