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The Head Motorcyclist

June 10, 2019
It's always sad when someone leaves this earthly plain but we all go sooner or later. Two weeks ago my Dad passed away and the hole he left will be tough to fill. Dad began his motorcycle career before I was born, reputedly on an Indian Chief. He became a motorcycle dealer in the mid 1950s and carried on doing repairs until about 1977. Other interests took over and he moved away although the remains of his shop were moved into the back of his garage at home. After skiing, bicycle riding and bowling he returned to riding and continued until two years ago at age 90. His body just wore out on him with failing kidneys and a heart that just weaker by the day. Eventually he simply passed in his sleep. The end of an era.
In my family myself and two brothers ride along with my younger sister who took the MSF rider course. Two grandchildren have licenses so the blood passes on. Hopefully there will be a Zeiser descendant riding for years to come, all started by my Dad. Dad's motorcycle is going to one of my brothers who hopefully will put it to good use.
In other news I began to work on my fleet of bicycles in preparation for the fifteen mile bicycle tour in Pleasant Valley next month. I did it last year on my oldest bike and hope this year to use my newest weapon with all the modern bells and whistles on the tour. It's pretty amazing how fast you can lose conditioning and I have taken some hilly two mile rides the last two days to begin getting ready. With any luck my muscle memory will reawaken and I can stop breathing so heavily every time the road rises a little. I even have one of Dad's bicycles in reserve to use if mine begins to falter during my ride prep.
In the meantime I have gotten my motorcycles inspected and should be doing some miles on those too. The warm weather has opened up my opportunities and I will be seeing the world on two wheels more often. I'll let you know how it goes.
 

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. Ju...
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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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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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