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First Event Of The Season

May 5, 2022
This past Sunday there was a Suicide Prevention Benefit ride in LaGrange and I had to decide which of my steeds was going to carry me. After much consideration I used the Honda Nighthawk 250. I haven't had the big Kawasaki out yet this year and I wanted something manageable in case the crowd threw me a curve. 
After filling up the Honda's tank I rode over to PC's Paddock where the event was beginning. Despite its diminutive engine the Honda was running quite well. On the way over I caught up with a group heading to the same place and the Honda kept pace with the much larger motorcycles. I felt pretty good about the day to come.
The crowd there was quite diverse, for a change, with motorcycles of many categories and brands in the mix. Usually the field is made up of large American V-Twins. The sound of different sized engines was truly impressive as the people moved out on the road. I moved in near the end of the parade as usually the riders back there are less than inclined to go fast. Moving out of Poughkeepsie the group was all over the available three lanes which had people passing and being passed as the group was in flux. I had to watch all around me as I was passed and passing other motorcycles. Despite my previous apprehension the Honda did quite well on the road.
Once we reached Rhineback the road became more rural and the group settled down. Riding through scenic countryside was quite invigorating and the bike and I became one as we rolled through the curving byway as it twisted, rose and fell in concert with the terrain. The group finally reached Pine Plains and a rest stop that had everyone smiling.
I had other obligations and left the ride to return home on some of the nicer routes in the area. The Honda was solid and steady on the curves and I had to smile as I rode home. Once in the garage I patted the gas tank and thanked the bike for its efforts. It did an exceptional job.
The next ride is three weeks away and the Kawasaki is slated to do it. It should be much fun.
 

Rolling On

April 25, 2022
    The weather finally started to cooperate last week and I got to pull out more of the fleet. In one day I even got to take out the two red bikes, my 250 Honda and the 200cc scooter. Both ran well and had me riding around the area viewing the ongoing change of the season as trees and bushes turn from darkly brown to colorful buds. Both bikes are great fun to ride a casual pace on the entertaining roads around here. I even briefly took the new scooter out on the less than pleasant US 9 that ...
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A Few Rides

April 15, 2022
I haven't done anything of great length in the last couple of weeks but my fleet is not idle. After bringing the Honda home from the shop it returned to the weekly starting and warmup routine. The other day I unleashed it from the garage and took it on a little spin around the area, Hyde Park has a few historic sites and a run past them was in order. Franklin Roosevelt's home is a few miles away and if done properly I can ride past the Park holding Eleanor Roosevelt's post Presidential home,...
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First Repair of 2021

April 1, 2022
    Ever since I got the 250 Nighthawk the front suspension oil seals have been leaking. It's not the first motorcycle that my seals have leaked on so I didn't pay much attention to it. When the dust seal finally cracked from being dried out on one side I knew it was time to do something. The first thing I did was go to an online dealer I had used before and ordered the parts. Normally this is the easy part as usually the parts come in about two weeks. I ordered the seals in the beginning of ...
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Winter 2022

January 23, 2022
This is the time of year that I dislike the most. January Winter. This year it's been especially cold with a few single digit temps, snow and black ice. To combat this the local highway department slathers salt on the roads with great gusto and right now you can't tell where the snow starts and the road ends in the gutter. I don't dare take any of the bikes out in this as rust protection is nonexistent on motorcycles and scooters. I go down once a week and start the bikes to keep their fuel ...
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The Last Run Of 2021

December 24, 2021
    The weather here last week was exceptionally warm for this time of year so a ride was in order. I needed a haircut so I would look presentable for the holidays and made an appointment at the local Hair Cutters. To get there I fired up the newest addition to the fleet, my Dongfang 170cc. It is getting looser all the time and even at just over 300 miles it is becoming very tempting to run it harder. I just keep reminding myself that a mistake now will bite me in the butt later on.

    The ri...
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The Cats Tail Run

October 18, 2021
Yesterday was the final event (so far) for the Hudson Valley Biker Network(HVBN). Over the season the heads of the Network have developed a scenic route through the Catskill Mountains called the Cat's Tail. Many events throughout the spring and summer kept me from partaking of this ride. Yesterday I got the chance when the HVBN leaders put together an event for a charity open to everyone instead of the modest groups who done the Cat's Tail before.
Starting from the Speedway gas station in Sa...
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Americade. The Legend, The Event

September 29, 2021
A week ago I saddled up the big Kawasaki with my new removable saddle bags and headed out to Lake George with my friend and Best Man, Marc Horowitz, and his two sons. We met at a gas station in New Paltz just off the New York State Thruway and struck out from there. It was the first time in a while that the Kawasaki and I were on a major highway and all my concerns about it being up to the task faded within a few minutes. Their bikes have all been built in the 21st Century while the Kawasaki...
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Don't Worry, I'm Still Here

September 14, 2021
    This past few weeks have been both busy and non eventful so I don't have much to report on the two wheeled front. I missed about three motorcycle events due to weather and social commitments. I will be going to Americade in Lake George next week so a good story is forthcoming. In the meantime I soldier on riding the usual suspects, less one.
    Last week I went to replace the muffler on the big scooter when I noticed something looked amiss in the rear axle. In a word two bearings complete...
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This Time It Was Better

July 26, 2021
    While that seems like a strange title, it isn't. Steady readers, all six of you, might remember two years ago I did a ride I called unsatisfactory. On that ride I was annoyed that about halfway through the route part of the pack turned and another part continued straight to a bar for lunch. When I discovered that I had followed the bar group I went home in disgust. This was that same ride and this time it didn't break up in the middle. Since the ride benefits suicide prevention I decided ...
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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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