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Culling The Herd

April 19, 2019
It was with a heavy dose of resignation that I began the process of selling off excess motorcycles in my garage recently. I just had too many bikes on board and not enough reasons or opportunities to ride all of them. I had also pretty much settled on three that I used more than the others so the selection procedure had unconsciously been made. First to go was the Honda Rebel. It was just too compact for me to sit on comfortably and it had design compromises that I just couldn't live with. Just to highlight the reasons for its departure was its final ride. My hip cramped whenever I stopped and I had to stand at each traffic light to stretch it out. It's gone to a new rider who will probably appreciate it and use it more than I was.

Next I put my eleven year old blue scooter on Craigslist and was surprised when the next day a woman raced over here to see it. After a brief test ride she was giddy with satisfaction having not been on a scooter for a while. What happened next was even funnier. She had brought her seventeen year old son along and he spotted my 50cc mini motorcycle crammed in among the herd. I asked if he wanted to try it and after a brief, happy test ride he asked his mother if he could buy it. In the space of twenty minutes I had sold off two of my rides and my garage was looking emptier. Hopefully they will get just as much enjoyment out of them as I did.

My final three rides are the 1991 Honda I put back to health, the 1983 Kawasaki and the 2009 Chinese scooter in black that you see up above. The Kawasaki just sends tingles down my spine every time I open the throttle and the scooter is both fuel efficient and practical. Of all my bikes these were the ones I have used the most and earned the right to be kept around. To put this in perspective though, a year ago I had nine bikes in my possession, now I have three.

I want to wish everyone either a Happy Easter or Passover. Linda and I will be visiting both sides of the family this coming weekend and even as we speak she is slaving over a hot stove concocting tasty dishes to contribute to the forthcoming gatherings. I hope you all have an enjoyable holiday weekend. 
 

Spring Is Here

April 12, 2019
Finally. The good weather is returning and I even got out for a ride. It was warm enough last Sunday for me to drag the 1991 Honda out of the garage and go for a spin. Despite having been idle since October the Honda fired right up, settled into a steady idle and took off like it had only been used the day before. It isn't that nice on the roads yet. Everything is still kind of brown and the trees are vacant of leaves. I'm still suffering from Winter Rust on the bike and took it easy on the c...
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Is It Cold Enough For You

January 31, 2019
We are in the grip of a Polar Vortex and it's pretty cold out there. I saw about five below during the night without the wind chill. My dogs are not happy about the combination of cold and snow on the ground but go out anyway. We even have a water pipe that freezes and we lose cold water in the kitchen. This will end in a couple of days, thank heavens, but it's not a lot of fun while it's here.
We have been down to Long Island twice in the last month to visit the Parents. Mom fell bringing in ...
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A New Year

January 9, 2019
Quite a bit has happened since I last came here. The worst news is that my faithful Black Lab, Phoebe, has passed away. She had a tumor that choked off organs and we had to put her down. She was my little warrior and went peacefully at the end. At only ten years of age she should have had many more years but disease took her.
The holidays were very busy for us. Linda and I visited Long Island several times and had welcome visits with family. The traffic there is horrendous but we survived. We ...
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Bad Weather

November 12, 2018
While I have been working at Kmart more than ever in the last month, the weather has kept me off the bikes. There has been more rain than anyone can remember and if it isn't raining it's been seasonably cold. Every day I'm looking forward to a ride the weather isn't cooperating. All I can do is visit the bikes and promise not to forget them.
As I'm sure many of you have heard Sears Holding Corporation is closing stores left and right. It was recently announced that the Kmart I work in is closi...
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Further Adventures

September 20, 2018
It has been many years since I rode in an organized motorcycle event and recently I did a good one. We had seen signs around the area advertising a charity motorcycle event in Poughkeepsie and I had decided I would do it. That meant going through the list of likely bikes I would have available and deciding which one to ride. My most likely candidate was the 250cc Nighthawk. I have been using it a lot lately and have gotten quite comfortable on it. I knew it would be at a disadvantage in terms...
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All Kinds Of News

August 31, 2018
This past week we had the Parents here with us for a few days. The house in Levittown was in need of some work that required that Mom and Dad be out of the place. They arrived on Thursday and we had a barbecue for lunch to mark the occasion. Over the course of the next few days I worked with my Dad on his laptop while Mom and Linda chatted, watched TV and Mom finished the book she bought with her. On Saturday my bother Bill and his wife Toni came to stay overnight, see the parents and pick up...
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Riding Season

August 1, 2018
There were two notable events in the past week. I reawakened a slumbering member of the fleet and a bicycle ride in Town.
My small, 50cc bike, Rocket has been silent for over two years and it was time to get it going again. That bike never ceases to amaze me and this was no exception. The battery has been dead for years and I usually started it by using the kick start lever. Recent attempts had been unsuccessful so I pushed it into a shed to attack later. Last week I decided to try push starti...
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I'm Back

July 3, 2018
Right after I posted my last entry Linda and I got tremor causing news. My ninety plus year old parents had been dancing their customory Lindy (a dance from the Dark Ages) for their Senior Group at a Long Island restaurant. In short, they tangled feet and Mom went crashing to the floor, breaking her hip. We rushed down the next morning for the surgery to repair her joint and arrived right after its completion. She survived the surgery and was sent to a rehab facility three days later.
Of cours...
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A Really Busy time

May 25, 2018
I finally finished getting the Honda Nighthawk inspected and legal. Now comes the fun part, riding it. The bike has led a challenging life and many parts of it show. The engine runs with gusto and is a tribute to Honda's engineering staff. I've already had one offer to buy it. It looks and sounds quite sporty.
Now to the busy part. Linda and I have been wearing a track in the road from here to Deposit and back.The house has lost its last occupant and we have been working our geriactic fingers ...
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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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