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last ride of the season
darkwolfie and I went for our last ride of the season today. We took some back roads to Salem and had lunch at the 99 Restaurant, walked over to Kmart and picked up some oil and a couple of things for my trip to Fort Bragg, and then went home. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I
my Cortech jacket. I'd never be able to ride in these temps without it. My legs and hands were cold, as usual (next year, I'll ride with winter gloves!), but nothing I couldn't handle. darkwolfie said he was perfectly comfortable, but then again, he was wearing three pairs of pants and three shirts. (He only has a mesh jacket with a liner.) He did say his hands got cold, though.

At the 99, when we were waiting for a table, this guy walked by and said something to his young son about it being one last nice day to get in a ride -- the kid must have said something about us riding in the cold. I was reminded of when I did my first solo ride, back in October. I was sitting in the parking lot of a grocery store in Derry, and this guy going into the store said something to me about it being a great day for a ride, but too cold for him just then. It was probably 55 or 60 degrees at that point. I can only surmise that he'd think we were completely crazy for being out today. He may be right, but boy it was fun.

When we got home, we winterized the bikes by putting fuel stabilizer in the gas tanks and changing the oil, filling the crackcase all the way up. In the spring, we'll drain the oil that's been sitting all winter and put in fresh oil in appropriate amounts. I also took off my saddlebags and stored them in the basement for the winter, so critters don't get comfy with them.

We also removed the batteries, as motorcycle batteries aren't as robust as car batteries and will die an irreversible death if not kept from freezing and charged once a month. They're currently sitting on the kitchen floor. Other than that, we stuffed paper towels in the tail pipes and darkwolfie set his up on the center stand. I don't have a center stand; apparently the newer bikes don't have them. I want a floor stand of some sort -- given the contortions darkwolfie went through to unscrew the oil drain plugs, a lift is very likely in our future anyway.

It's sort of bittersweet, putting my baby away for the winter. I know that from here on out it's going to be too cold to ride, but we've seen weird weather in New England before. Hell, I moved in with darkwolfie on Dec 1, 2001, and it was like 70 degrees that day. But I can't count on it being nice often enough, and I can't leave it as is/was on the off-chance I'll have a day to ride. She'll be there waiting for me in the spring, and that first sunny, warmish day when I get to drain and refill the oil and get her running again, when I get to roll the throttle and head out for a ride in the spring sunshine... that'll be worth the wait.

i feel: thoughtful thoughtful

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romperwebby From: romperwebby Date: November 26th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC) (base camp)
January 8, 2007 was in the 60s. we rode. it was gorgeous.

we're not winterizing ours just yet.

i was tempted to ride this weekend if it was a wee bit warmer.

ride all the way to salem and ya eat at a restaurant you got in your own backyard? for shame! ;-)

tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 27th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC) (base camp)
I wasn't specific -- we were in Salem, NH, which *is* my backyard. :-)

ETA: If I wasn't going to be away for almost the entire month of December, and our garage was at all heated, I might have held off, but I am and it's not, so... Besides, it's not like it's that hard to put them back in service.

Edited at 2007-11-27 03:42 am (UTC)
romperwebby From: romperwebby Date: November 27th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC) (base camp)

not winterizing my bike last year bit me in the butt.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 28th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC) (base camp)
How so?
soteltie From: soteltie Date: November 26th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I'm glad that you had a nice ride. I heard some bikes zoom by our place at one point this weekend and hoped it was you out having fun :-)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 27th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC) (base camp)
Aw... that's so sweet that you thought of me! It probably wasn't, but we weren't the only ones out there. It was chilly, but way fun. I'm not going to know what to do next year when I get to ride in warm weather!
soteltie From: soteltie Date: November 27th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Secretly, I'm just a little bit jealous, vaguely wishing I had a bike :-) so, I'm getting a vicarious thrill from hearing about yours!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 28th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC) (base camp)
There are some pretty sweet scooters out there...

Hi, I'm Tasha, and I'll be your enabler for this evening.
8 trips or shoot the rapids