Getting Some in the Afternoon

by Bill Hufnagle
aka Biker Billy

When do you like to do it? Do you have a favorite time or day? For a lot of folks it is early in the morning on the weekend. I have found that I enjoy it most as an afternoon delight. Take a Wednesday around 3:30 PM; most folks are locked into their daily grind. While they hustle to get all the work done before the whistle blows, it is a perfect time for me to get oceans of motion going. John Lennon had it so right with the simple lyrical question: “why don’t we do it in the road?”

Tell me do you have a favorite partner to do it with? I do. This week I decided to get a certain passionate play friend of mine naked. I spent part of the morning slowly stripping her down, teasing off layers that concealed her inner beauty. Then I spent some time rubbing on her gently, massaging some lotions on her skin and getting her all oiled up. I stood back and admired her standing there in the middle of my garage naked as a jaybird. Her graceful curves and ample lungs exposed for the entire world to see. As my senses of passion and desire rose to a thundering roar, I knew it was time to have at it.

I donned my favorite black leathers. Since I was headed for some real kinky stuff this was only prudent. I keyed the garage door opener and listened to the groan of the steel rising. I slid my leg over her and settled my weight onto her inviting form. A smile crossed my face as I inserted my key and she leaped to life. I felt her tremble under me as I kicked her into gear and twisted the wick. In the wink of an eye we were off into paradise. God I love this bike!

The bike in question is a 2000 Buell ST3, which translates into a Sport-Touring Thunderbolt. It is the least aggressive Buell in terms of riding position, with the most powerful motor offered in its model year. At 101 HP and 90 ft-lbs of torque and a dry weight of 450 lbs (stripped of it’s bags and lowers) it is a joy to tear-up back roads with. I simply love to ride this bike in the mountains. If I can make time to escape the office during the week, it is my afternoon delight.

I had decided to strip her down since this is the bike I am going to use for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Experienced Rider Course (ERC) that I am scheduled to take in a few weeks. While those bags and fairing lowers don’t encumber the bike’s back roads manners and are darn good for touring or grocery shopping; I don’t want to have them on the bike if I have an oophs during class. I have taken several MSF ERC courses over the years and don’t have any oops that I can remember (age is great for the memory.) Still I know that this bike lends itself to aggressive riding and I want to save the bags for traveling.

I am really looking forward to doing the ERC with this bike. It has been with me since midyear 1999 and I normally take a newly acquired bike for a safety course during the first year of ownership. Well better late than never, these past few years sure have been busy. The ERC is a good way to get really comfortable with a machine and explore its limits in a controlled environment under the careful scrutiny of expert riders and instructors. It is like building a house on a solid foundation, it lasts longer and provides more security. The ERC will form the foundation of fresh knowledge for the ongoing process of practicing riding skills.

Let me tell you, well-practiced riding skills are worth their weight in gold. Even the midweek afternoon mountain roads devoid of almost all traffic are still rife with hazards. Whether it is gravel washed across a blind curve or small furry critters darting from the undergrowth, to the occasional crazed rooster wandering down the road, you need to be in total control. And yes there always will be the minivans filled with screaming children, piloted by multitasking parental units that seem to be on a seek and destroy mission with you as the target. I intend to be ready for it all.

All I have to do now is get the new tires mounted and scuffed in before the class weekend. I will tell you how my ERC goes in an upcoming column. But I can tell you now that after today’s ride; I think I might just keep this bike naked.

Mean 3-Bean Salad

This spicy yet sweet salad has a nice fire, thanks to the de Arbol peppers. Serve this on your favorite salad greens since there is enough dressing in this salad to make it both a salad and a dressing.

1 cup trimmed fresh green beans cut into 1-inch lengths
One 16-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
One 16-ounce can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
3 scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
3 de Arbol peppers, stemmed and crushed
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
Salad greens

1. Steam the green beans until crispy tender, about 10 minutes, rinse under cold water to stop the cooking and allow to cool. Combine the green beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, and scallions in a large mixing bowl and toss together.

2. In a blender, combine the de Arbol peppers, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, dill, honey, salt, and white pepper and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the dressing over the beans and toss well to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

3. Serve on a bed of salad greens.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

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Column copyright Bill Hufnagle 2006. Recipe reprinted with permission from “BIKER BILLY’S HOG WILD ON A HARLEY COOKBOOK”, published by Harvard Common Press, Boston copyright Bill Hufnagle 2003. Biker Billy hosts a syndicated television cooking show, “Biker Billy Cooks with Fire” and has authored three cookbooks. Check out www.bikerbilly.com where you can acquire autographed books and also find information on Biker Billy’s touring schedule.

M.M.M.

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