Saturday, April 01, 2017

Ready to Ride?

Let's just say It's been a rough motorcycling off-season. I broke my hand in jiu jitsu, which, apparently, really hampers the clutch action (probably could have ridden if it was my right hand - who needs brakes, anyway?).

It used to be they'd put a full cast on, or even think about surgery for a break like this, but now they put you in a relatively simple brace and just let it heal naturally for 4-5 weeks.

And, while the weather in Pennsylvania has been relatively mild, it did drop off a bit just as I was getting some mobility in my hand.


Still, as sure as the sun comes up, the weather begins to warm, if ever so slightly, the snow begins to melt, and riding season approaches. Get on your bikes and ride...

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Uncovered Ride - Look What I Found

I was going through some pictures from last year and found these snaps from a ride I took at the end of Fall. It was a great ride, but then they all are.
I took an old bicycling route down through Boiling Springs, PA, one of my favorite places in the state of Pennsylvania.

Boiling Springs is a charming town with a great restaurant, coffee shop, duck pond, and fly fishing shop, set on a naturally spring-fed lake. It holds trout and ducks, and is nice place to just walk around.


I rode down to Michaux State Forest, outside of Mt. Holly Springs, PA.


I found some dirt roads and decided to check them out. FUN!

There is so much beauty in this state.


I AM smiling!


Winter Riding

Twenty-five degrees for one hour might be the limit of my endurance for cold weather riding. I enjoyed how crisp and clear everything was, but unfortunately came back to fork seal fluid all over my front tire and left boot. Before I bought the bike, it sat for three and a half years, getting only 1800 miles of use. I am guessing that sort of thing tends to dry out parts that should be more elastic.


I ended up needing pretty much every jacket in the packet. 


Sunday, November 06, 2016

Ruh-Roh! I Think We Have a Problem

I noticed a strong gas smell when I walked into the garage last night. My first thought was that it was coming from the Ducati. A quick sniff-test and closer inspection revealed what I feared. There was gasoline on the side of the bike, and it appeared it was dripping down from behind the fairing onto the frame.

Now, I am no expert, but I know enough to know that leaking fuel on a motorcycle engine (or any engine, really) is NOT a good thing. Let's just say we'd like to avoid any infernal entanglements. 

I took the seats off and it appears the culprit appears to be where this hose goes into the fuel tank. 

Again, not being a mechanic, I went to the trusty, rusty Intarwebz and found that this is the fuel sensor. And, apparently, this leak is a not-uncommon problem for the Multistrada

Now, it's off to the Intarwebz to see what's to be done...

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Exploration

One of my favorite things about riding is the lack of agenda it usually has. I see roads that, when I've been in the car, I've asked myself, "I wonder where that road goes?" When I am riding, I get to answer that question. It just never seems worth it to explore in the cage in the same that it does on two wheels.

Similarly, I stop to take a look at things a lot when I am riding. I never even think to do that when I am in the car, much less do it.


Thursday, November 03, 2016

Autumnal Joy

Sometimes, you just have to get out and ride...
...and ride...
...and ride.

Know what I mean, jellybean?


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Shoei - New Helmet & Visor

A couple of months ago, I was looking for a part for my helmet, and was surprised when the dealership from whom I bought it informed me the helmet was more than 5 years old. Apparently, the common guideline is to pick up a new one every five years because riding, dinging, sun, and general use lead to a breakdown that, after the half-decade mark, renders the melon shield less protective than the day you buy it.

So, off I went to try on lids. I bought a new helmet after trying on dozens of brands and styles. I ended up going with a Shoei because, for me, the crown fit properly in a large, and it expands outward to accomodate my broader (read as: fat) face. They also have a reputation for being quieter helmets, which is a huge plus, especially on the Multistrada, which has an equal reputation for being LOUD!

Riding with the helmet, I found it was much quieter than my HJC composite. I do miss the ability to flip it up and chat at red lights and stop signs, but it's a minor inconvenience. I love pinlock, a feature that allows me to insert a clear shield inside the visor that prevents/reduces fogging. I still get minor fogging because I ride with my glasses on, but it only happens in very cool weather at a standstill, and clears up immediately once I start rolling. This is due to the EXCELLENT ventilation of the helmet, a feature I had not considered fully when I was buying, but really came to appreciate at the end of this summer.

I also just installed a gold visor. This shield reduces the glare from really bright areas and enhances the areas in shade.

I took a ride along the Susquehanna River and through some roads I know to be challenging for the shadows that fall on them, just to see how much better this shield was, and the difference was remarkable. Riding on sun-dappled roads, which are very common in Pennsylvania due to trees overhanging and lining our roads, this visor is absolutely fantastic. It has the effect of leveling out the light and dark contrasting areas, so I can see it all much more clearly.

It has already made me a much more confident rider because my vision is so much better. This setup is not cheap, but for me it was worth it.

 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Michaux

Took a long-cut through Michaux State Forest (160+ miles) to get a sammich....in Maryland. It was absolutely perfect.

I don't think there is a thing I would have changed about this day.