The frost was gone quickly, and while the biting cold lasted a bit longer, this middle point of our 750-mile central California tour turned into a sunny perfect day on the road. What is nice about these bikes is that they suggest a peeling away from the herd, like when you go on vacation somewhere during the off-season. The place is still the place, but you get a better sense of the local culture, don’t have to wait in line so much and all the rates are cheaper. Adventure-tourers aren’t as comfortable as full-on sport-tourers nor as fast as all-out sportbikes, but the music of the road plays out on these capable instruments as it can with few other types of motorcycles. They offer just enough of everything to survive—and even thrive in—anything. So even with a cold ass, you have a warm spirit.