Just got back from a bit of an adventurous trip: touring France on the back of a motorbike. Peter and I had a great time (France is never boring), and I even managed to gain some key insights while I was there:
1. More than 200k will make your butt feel like chopped liver. Don't ever plan to drive more than that in a day. My horrible planning skills (I planned, Peter drove) had us doing 550k on one particularly grueling day - which is a great way to guarantee a numb bum for hours.
2. Leathers are safe, but SO SO SO SO HOT. We seemed to forget that Southern France is sweltering right now, and no matter how fast we went on the bike, we still felt like we were being baked alive. So much for trying to protect our skin in case we fell off; our skin was melting off of our bodies anyway.
3. Almost nothing feels as good as driving past traffic jams just because you can. One of the BEST things about the bike is the ability to filter through traffic, and there was a lot of it. I could just hear the people swearing at us as we zipped by. Jealous.
4. The French love a good motorbike. They are really polite on the road (those stuck in traffic jams, above, notwithstanding) and let you park your motorbike anywhere. Even Peter, an Englishman raised with the national 'I hate the French' gene, has a lot of respect for their skills on the road. Me? I just love their food.