Last Friday afternoon we had our first real snowfall of the year. It snowed heavily from about 2pm to 8pm ... perfect timing for the rush hour scene outta the big city!!! Of course I had my bike ... and against everyone's advise (what they thought to be sound council) I drove it home!!! Yah baby!!! I'm not going to suffer through almost 2 hrs of public transportation when I got a GS / Tourance combo parked downstairs ... dammit ... let's roll !!!!! Torontonians panic at the first sight of damp roads ... let alone snow. Were talking gridlock, minor accidents everywhere and a snails pace at the best of times. I got out on the roads just after 4pm ... peak snowfall, peak traffic ... with just about every combination of light to heavy snow ... to slush ... to water. The GS / Tourance combo in all these elements was awesome!!! On the same roads as a co worker (in his cage) going to the same area ... I was home in under 90 minutes ... he took around 2 and a half hrs. Not once did I ever get an 'outta control' feeling. Hit every dicy spot straight up and off the throttle ... and just cruised through. Once out of the inner city an on the open highway ... the outside lane was fairly free of traffic ... because the timid (okay ... safe) drivers were all following each others tracks in lanes 1 & 2. All to say ... nothing but faint tracks in the outside lane. So I get out there and start rolling ... ensuring to just stay in the little tracks there are. Start getting the hang of things and feeling more relax as the miles go by. Next thing ya know ... I look down at the speedo ... 130 km per hr!!!!! FERCRISSAKES 80+ mph ... no wonder I'm zipping by folks!!!! I did slow down ... though comfortable to cruise ... gotta be able to stop TOO!!!! All to say ... the bike and tires were marvelous. When going 80+ in the middle of a snowstorm and not one single hair is standing up on the back of your neck ... their doing their job!!!!! Also getting out of the inner city ... stopping, starting, zipping here and there ... wow ... they were great!!! The combo passed their 1st major test with flying colours!!!! Me ... I could of been a tad more responsible!!!!!!!!!