Regarding the new bike, I'm leaning strongly towards getting a Sportster. Now my decision is 883 or 1200? There's more to that decision than raw power (which I do love so very, very much). I'm leaning towards the 1200 because it has a couple of amenities (like a tachometer, it appears) that the 883 doesn't have. It should also have enough power that it won't notice I've got a passenger, a tank bag, a couple of saddle bags, and a cast iron bathtub strapped to it. Plus, there's something about that bike that appeals to my monster-truck/dragster sensibilities. It's just a huge motor, with wheels. On the other hand, it has to run on 91 octane. That's not that big of a deal with it's 4 gallon (approximately) tank, but a buck is a buck. I might have to start spending more than $9 per tank. The other thing is that it's a couple grand more expensive ($6500 vs. $8500).
Well, I've got to save up a big ol' down payment anyways. That oughta be fun.
Anway, on to the other topic, I've been wearing my old army-surplus camo jacket while riding and staying significantly warmer. Hooray for camo!