I spent yesterday (a nice 70 degree day here in NJ), taking my last ride and doing all the fluid changes necessary at the end of my ride for putting up my bike for the winter.
Today, I concentrated on the cosmetics of the bike and its now in hibernation at least until March 2007.
I know I probably could manage a few more rides in the next couple weeks, but time isn't on my side for the next few weeks.
I started my season this year at the end of March and clocked about 7,500 miles of riding - ending on today Nov 1st.
It was a good year of riding for me. No mishaps, no drops at all (knocking wood now!). I past my 1 year experience mark this past August, and now have about 11,000 miles of riding under my belt to date. I got to meet & ride with a few folks from NJ on this & the yahoo forum, and I also took my first long trip on the bike to NC outer banks, and back up thru Skyline Dr in VA. That trip was AWESOME - and comfortable too - thanks (again) to the many people who give suggestions about making our bike more comfortable.
I also learned alot mechanically about my bike. I have been doing all the maintenance - all fluids changed, splines greased, cables lubed, completely tuned up the bike with new air k&n air filters, and new spark plugs as well. Thanks to this site and the yahoo site, I have learned ALOT. Thank You ALL for your advise and expertise!
Anyway - I am already counting down the months. I think the only thing that will make the spring come faster is the fact that our first child is due to be born in late January. Focusing on that for the past months of my wife pregnancy has caused time to fly by faster than I have ever thought possible.
My wife & I just returned from FL last week - and I envy you folks down there who can ride almost year round.