Seems to be a good time to bring up these two topics. I am always sad to read about some one who gets hit by some one on a cell phone or whatever the excuse is. It seems to happen with regularity and my question is, does everyone look in their rear view mirror every time they come to a stop? I do this on the Deluxe and also in my car, I guess I've always done it. It has saved my bacon several times. I always have an escape route if some one is not paying attention. I would rather move even if it turns out to have been unnecessary than to risk being slammed into. I hit my first tar snake of the season and it startled me. The bike slipped in a corner but recovered without incident. Normally they just put a lump in your throat not down on the ground. So to all my friends out there, be defensive drivers and plan on being able to communicate with the rest of us on this forum at the end of the riding season. Luckily our season is year round here in the great Pacific Northwest.