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A Final Touch

November 17, 2017
Two years ago I bought a 1991 Honda motorcycle to bring back to life as a project. Mechanically it was/is fine but needed pieces fixed or replaced to return it to running order. Just to get it to run it needed a new starter motor and a carburetor. The mufflers had their pieces removed and made an ungodly racket. I improvised a repair to decrease the noise. It was either that or replace the over six hundred dollar exhaust system, which wasn't happening.
After that and a few other details I had it on the road. It ran well enough to make the 156 mile trip here from Deposit and gave me sixty-eight mpg easily. One problem remained. Somewhere in its past abuse the directional signals were knocked out of commission. I wasn't prepared to dig through miles of wire and investigate switches and relays so i farmed it out to a small local shop that had just opened its doors. After a few weeks of investigation and waiting on parts the signals sprang to life. Even the indicator bulb lights now as the signals warn other drivers what I'm up to. 
It sits in the garage now waiting for better weather and I feel good every time I walk past it. It's twenty-six years old with only fifteen thousand miles on it and runs as well as anything of a similar size in my fleet. Sometimes persistence does pay off. 
 

The Season Winds Down

October 29, 2017
As riding seasons go this one has been fairly quiet. No runs to Danbury, no bike night in Sherburne and only one tire change. My fleet has been getting improvements though. The 1991 Nighthawk is in the shop right now having its directional signals fixed and the 2009 Honda Rebel had its rear tire replaced. The great thing about motorcycle parts these days is that most everything is available on the web. I don't even bother going to individual dealer websites for tires anymore. Most of them sel...
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Better Days

September 13, 2017
I wrote, not so long ago, about Linda being disabled. She had a bad back which caused her great discomfort, compounded by Sciatica in her left leg. She could scarcely move and spent most of her day in a recliner. It grated on her patience being so confined and left her frustrated in addition to the pain. In the last couple of months she has gotten much better. She surprises me, every time I come home from work, with tales of tasks accomplished around the house and shopping trips around the co...
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The Short Commute

August 20, 2017
Years ago when I used to work at Grumman I commuted daily on two wheels. It was by way of Southern State Parkway and was twenty-five miles each way. In a good year I was putting about eight thousand miles a year on a bike. When I moved to Deposit between the weather and circumstances my mileage dropped considerably. These days I have a short commute to work, about fourteen miles round trip, so I won't be getting even close to my previous highs. The bad part is that the short ride is on some p...
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Riding, Fixing And Smiling

July 25, 2017
Slowly but surely I have gotten all the two wheelers out in the sun. Even though it's only seven miles to the new job it's still been enough to make me smile. The roads to work have a small country feel that it leaves you wishing for more. Each bike is different so by rotating the fleet it makes each trip unique.
Linda and I have discovered a new shopping destination in the region. Kingston, NY is a scant half hour away and has a large number of stores for our needs. We have to cross the Hudso...
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The Summer Rides

July 12, 2017
I finally got to drag a few of the bikes out for the short ride to work. It makes for a good way to start and end the work day. My fleet has been suffering a little from disuse but have all started and run. The roads here are fairly scenic so the short ride is pleasant. I really enjoy the trip.
We finally got some good news today on the health front. Linda had to have some cardiac tests done in advance of back surgery. We sweated the results since the heart is a tricky thing. We saw the doctor...
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More Activity .

June 22, 2017
One of the best things in life is to see heroism in every day events. As I've noted Linda has been stopped in her tracks by back trouble and awaits corrective surgery. In the last couple of weeks she has shaken off the ever present pain and begun to fight back. I started working at Kmart again, in Poughkeepsie, and am out of the house for a few hours twice a week. Lately when I get home a scrumptious lunch awaits and the kitchen has been straightened up. Linda got bored and decided to see how...
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I'm Back

June 13, 2017
I know it's been a while since I was last here but life has gotten in the way. I have ridden a few times but my two wheeled fleet has been pretty idle. Linda is battling a few health issues and we have seen several doctors as a result. I have not been faithful to his blog as a result. We're hoping for some relief and resolution soon. 

We have been burning up miles in the minivan fiercely lately. We commute back to Deposit to do yard work and to spruce up the place in hopes of finding a buyer. ...
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Busy Times

April 12, 2017
I know I haven't been keeping up with this blog so please forgive me. We have had a medical issue bite us in the butt so my schedule has been thrown off. Even still Linda and I have been making trips to Deposit to continue emptying the house and straightening it up a little each trip so it would be presentable to potential buyers.
I have had a chance the last couple of weeks to get out on the Honda Rebel. It's always good to feel the wind as I ride. Trips have been short since I don't like to ...
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I Hate Winter

March 26, 2017
In case you were spared the scourge we were hit hard by storm Stella and my bikes have been parked. In addition we have health issues to deal with so riding has been curtailed. I recently wrote about using my snow blower and how it substituted for riding. Let me tell you, Stella tested my machine. We received over two feet of white stuff and the new snow blower even chewed into drifts higher than itself.
How bad was it here? My smallest Yorkie was in snow over her head until I dug a run. Phoeb...
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Jim Zeiser If you wish to comment my e-mail address is h1500e@hotmail.com. I'd like to hear anything-good or bad-that anyone would like to say. As they said in college, we're all lifelong learners.

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