Thanks again for the warm welcome.
Today was the first work day that it has not rained since I bought the bike a little over a week ago; temp was a balmy 30 degrees. My commute is 50 miles each way, and with daylight savings time, the return trip is mainly in the dark. Also, my drive is on rural roads, much of it through wooded areas including some state owned land. White tailed deer are in rut (mating) and hunters are in the woods stirring them up. According to State Farm Insurance, this is the worst week of the year for car-deer accidents. Against this backdrop, I decided to ride. I have cold weather riding gear and a full face helmet and the trip in was beautiful, comfortable and uneventful. The bike was a big hit with all the people at work and I drew a lot of comments for riding under these conditions. The ride home was mainly after dark, about 33 degrees. I rode between 30 and 55 mph, trying to stay vigilant for deer. I only saw one...running toward the road; I was heavy on the brakes as she approached the very edge of the road, stopped and ran back the way she came. Phew! Well, I won't be riding any more this week, but it was a very pleasant experience today, aside from the close encounter.