Friday, February 9, 2007

January - 9 miles

Pretty pathetic. 9 miles total for the month of January.

Some people "winterize" the scooter. And, I s'pose if there's snow and ice on the roads in your neck of the woods for months at a time, that makes good sense. (Insurance companies also write "winter layover" insurance policies, for people whose bikes are retired for several months each year.)

But... proper winterizing is a hassle. You should drain the gas tank, and change the oil and filter, and a bunch of other stuff. Put the battery on a trickle charger...

I'd rather ride all year 'round... at least a few times each month, to charge the battery, and circulate the fuel, etc. So I invested in an electric vest instead of a battery charger.

But still, it's hard to get up the gumption, when it's overcast and below freezing. When the sun is shining in a blue sky, a cold day somehow doesn't seem as cold. (And - it is NOT good to use the motorcycle to go on a 5-minute errand on a below-freezing day. You need to ride long enough to let the thing warm to normal operating temperature. Otherwise you end up with condensation in your crankcase, exhaust system, etc. It needs to warm up enough to evaporate all that water vapor.)

9 miles is the lowest monthly total I've had, in at least 10 years. (I started keeping track, month-by-month, in 1997, because I'm kind of obsessive about such things.) February should be better, and March better yet.

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