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A New Addition

April 22, 2021
    Two years ago I sold my 150cc Chinese scooter and I kind of missed it. Don't get me wrong, my three bikes have done some amazing things for me in the last five years but I missed a small engine scooter in the fold. I learned in the ten years that I had my other scooter that there were some things about it that could have been better. It had small wheels that made it a little less than solid riding and the engine was working pretty hard at times due to its lack of power. The new scooter corrects some of those shortcomings.
    The new scooter has two inch larger diameter wheels, the same size as a 300cc Vespa. Instead of having a 150cc motor this one has a 170cc engine with another couple of horsepower at the same weight as my old one. Instead of having Vespa styling the new model has sport bike styling. Not only that but it's bright red and when I mount it there will be a large box on the back to carry cargo, also bright red.

    Once I get it registered we will hit the road and explore Dutchess County as I break in the engine. Future reports will reveal how well it works. Hopefully all I'll have is good things to report.
 

And So It Begins

March 27, 2021
The weather here finally began to warm up right after a rainstorm washed the local road salt away, so it was time. Since I've been starting the bikes weekly I knew all three were ready to rumble. Which to take out first? Hmmmm. Since I knew I was probably rusty from not having ridden in a while I took out the scooter. No clutch, no shifting just roll on the throttle, it is the best choice for a first ride of Spring. 
As it warmed up outside I pulled on my leather jacket and helmet and got re...
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No Riding Yet

February 21, 2021
As many of you are aware, this has been a heck of a Winter. We had one snow storm just before Christmas that dropped about fourteen inches of snow on the ground and a lot of cold after that.Early February saw a few flurrys and suddenly, just after the Superbowl, all heck broke loose. In short my snow blower has been on the driveway about eight times since the beginning of the month. Since we moved here it only saw action about three or four times in a Winter. While there is another snow in th...
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Two Wheel Tuesday

January 13, 2021
I'm sure to anyone reading this that I put a catchy title up there, but don't be deceived. It's the name I gave to my weekly task of starting the bikes, running them for a few minutes and then letting them return to their Winter slumber. Of the three the most difficult to start is the 750 Kawasaki. Over the years it has sustained a fair amount of abuse and as a result it requires about three minutes of throttle maneuvering to finally attain a steady idle. After that it settles into a satisfyi...
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Thanksgiving Day

November 26, 2020
First let me wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving. It has been a tough year and we should be thankful for the blessings we have received in this tumultuous year. Linda and I are eating alone today, thankful that we had eluded this scourge ravaging the land and that we have each other in our lives. Also that everyone we know and love has also been untouched by the disease.
We were going down to Long Island in past years but all that has changed. My Father passed away a year ago and my Mother f...
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HVBN Sponsor Appreciation Ride

October 21, 2020
At the end of every riding season the Hudson Valley Biker Network (HVBN) holds a sponsor appreciation ride. Usually it entails a group visiting all the dealers and sponsors shops to thank them for their contributions. This year the ride was instead a benefit for a local youth named Kyle who is suffering from bone cancer. The change to a benefit ride came about fairly quickly and the organizers were pleased to have ninety-two bikes and one hundred and fifteen riders and passengers attend the e...
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Riding The Catskills

October 16, 2020
This past weekend I had another ride on the schedule here in the Hudson Valley to do. The local HOG (Harley Owners Group) was running a benefit ride for Shriners Hospital out of Kingston. At the last minute I discovered that the run was a self guided tour with a cue sheet for the route to take. Past experience indicated that a nice flat surface would be needed to secure the directions where they could be read. Since the Helix clone has a step through frame it was immediately disqualifie...
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The Zeiser Motorcycle Club Rides Again

September 16, 2020
It was a milestone day in the memory books this past weekend. My brother Bill came down from Fairport, NY to do a motorcycle event with me. For the last year we were talking about him coming down for a Bike event since the Skyride last year. I have to admit that Linda put the idea of him coming down in my head when I decided to do the Gabriel Hayes Memorial Ride. I called Bill to see if his schedule was clear and he was pretty enthusiastic about coming down. He brought his wife, Toni, so Lind...
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A Most Unfortunate Day

September 8, 2020
If you were with us last time I indicated that I would be doing a ride on the Kawasaki. It didn't go as planned. The battery in the bike was five years old which is getting on in battery years. I did everything I could to check the battery the day before and everything seemed alright. The trip down to Westchester went well and the bike gave no indication that anything was wrong until I pulled into the starting location. I noticed that the left directional didn't seem to be blinking and figure...
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Finally, A Ride

August 21, 2020
With all the restrictions in place, because of Covid19, group events have been curtailed this year. Up until this past weekend the only group ride I had been involved in was a Birthday Ride By in June. All that changed last Sunday with a benefit ride that started in Woodstock, New York. This event was a fundraiser for a fallen Fireman and was put on by the Red Knights Motorcycle Club. The morning started out wet and drizzly and I had just about put the idea of going in the No Can Do file when...
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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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