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post #1 of 78 (permalink) Old 02-13-2011, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Spring fever

Well here in AR it has finally has gotten warm. So it is time now to go for a ride. I am going to call up the guys and see who wants to go. It is 55 now and will top out at 60+ all week.

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post #2 of 78 (permalink) Old 02-13-2011, 12:50 PM
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It's 40F now in NYC and more importantly, it didn't get below freezing overnight and won't do so tonight again either!

So today I spent an hour of chipping and carving ice out of spots on my driveway to be able to get my bike in and out of the garage and maneuver around my car. (The bike gets garaged, the car doesn't, as there's not room for both. LOL!) I checked the oil and tire pressure, all looked good. It took about 12 tries to start my bike with a bit of Seafoam to the tank (thank goodness for the battery tender), and after 63 days without riding I was on the road, dodging potholes.

Woo-hoo!

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I envy both of you being able to ride. We have had a warm west "Chinook" wind blowing for two or three days now, and most of the snow and ice on the driving lanes is gone, though there is still some in the gutters and parking lanes. I haven`t seen any bikes out the past week as the streets were too wet and sloppy. I expect there may be a few go by today though, if it stays warm and sunny.

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Brought mine in from the shed to the patio as its 61* right now, I will take a short spin after I check out the new saddlebags and tail bag, then give'er a once over and check the tire pressure etc. ...
I think I will wait till mid week for a good ride as it's supposed to get in the mid to upper 60s and no weekend loafers, I can let'er rip a bit then...lol...
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just got back from a 58 mile ride felt great to be out riding

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34 degrees, still a little too cold. When it hits 40 degrees I will be ready. Checked every nut, bolt, and screw on the bike. I am glad i did some a little loose.

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Short I reckon, I rode over to the next town (14 mi) to check on an ext. DVD ROM and when I came out of Electronic Express I saw brown spots & specks on my Keryukin (sp) bar that holds my Hwy. pegs... I remember some dry lookin salt on a road the last time I rode and I looked after I parked in the shed and didn't see anything, too dark I guess... Or maybe its just spelled yukin...
Anyway I had to come back home and do a clean up for the rest of the afternoon... No rust on the rest of the bike just the yukin bar...
Took a short spin, about 5 mi. after the wash and blow dry for a total for the day of a whoppin 35 mi. ...lol...

The moral to this BS'n story is, if you haven't gave your bike a good cleanin after the salt, you better get on it...lol... Mine did clean up fair but it took a good bit of elbow grease and Never-Dull to get the bar and Alum. wheels cleaned up, the wheels could stand a bit more, maybe mid week... Darn salt...lol...
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Fantastic day guys. I don't know what the temp was, but my internal thermometer said, "warm enough to RIDE!" I couldn't go out for long today, but did get a chance to see my new volt meter in action. Feels good to have that thing to look at. I was scheduled for honey do's all day, but "luckily" has to make a run to Lowe's for some "supplies" . Felt GREAT to be on the bike again!

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Put In the Iridium plugs today. Mine still ran the same as with the Denso plugs which has been great ever sense I've had her. Does seem to start faster after it has been cut off for a few minutes.

Hate to be the envy of a crowd but I did ride for 3 hr.s today. Didn't keep a total mileage but I know it was 68 miles after I filled her up. Actually got lost on some country back rides but found my way after about an hour. Bikes were out in full force everywhere I went.
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think I'm gonna give it a couple weeks to be safe, it was 56 here today but I gotta get a sticker for my tags and need another headlight although the high beam works. hate to get it all ready as I remember more than one ice storm after valentines day! but I'm hoping we are past all that. we have seen robins back in the yard and that is usually a good sign!

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