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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 of speed relative to bikes four or five times its engine size but working the transmission should even things out. I considered the big scooter briefly but I knew if the going got hilly it might hold people up. It's heavy, underpowered and not great on hills. Last was the big Kawasaki. It has all the power I would need to be inconspicuous but it is heavy. I was afraid in stop and go running it might be more than I could handle and end upon the ground. I took the Nighthawk.
I was absolultely amazed at how many bikes were at the event. Even the organizers seemed impressed at the number of participants. Here is one view of field. 



As you can see many of the bikes were Harley Davidson style cruising bikes and my Honda was dwarfed by the other bikes. We were finally sent off after several speeches and just from my perspective it was a fairly impressive sight. As far as I coud see forward, and behind in my rear view mirrors, motorcycles stretched off into the distance. Being on the ride was pretty challenging. With my tiny engine I spent the day upshifting and downshifting in an attempt to maintain my position in traffic with other bigger engines. The scenery was lush and green and the roads were curvy. I was working my brakes and leaning into corners at a brisk but not unreasonable pace. People were running out of their houses with children in hand to see the thundering herd of motorcycles. I'm sure a lot of pictures were taken.
All too soon we were back at the start and a barbecue awaited us. I had something to eat and wrapped a hamburger in a napkin to take home to Linda. It was a great day.
On another front I'm pleased to report that Linda is doing better. Lately she has been driving again and couponing the local supermarkets into submission. We still have an appointment with an orthopedist and hopefully he can give us some insight into why her sciatic nerve goes up in flames. For the moment she is improving and mercifully her condition hasn't lingered as long as it did last year. The Force is with her.
Between the ten mile group bicycle ride in August and this pasts motorcycle event the summer has been quite memorable. I'm hoping the Fall is equally as impressive.
 

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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Almost Done

April 24, 2018
I bought the 250 Honda Nighthawk over two years ago and nursed it back to health. This past Sunday I installed a new front brake switch and now the brake light glows when I pull the lever. The last step is finally upon me, getting it inspected. Everything is now up to snuff and it should breeze through easily. Of all the bikes in the fleet the Honda is the one that may stay the longest. It fits me well, it's not heavy and gets good gas mileage. I love the big Kawasaki and its horsepower but m...
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Spring Is Almost Here

April 5, 2018
After several snowstorms warmer weather is finally coming. I still may not be riding again soon since April Showers are on the horizon but better days are coming. I still only have been visiting the bikes in the garage but they will be venturing forth soon. My driveway is finally clear of snow so when the temperature and conditions allow I'll be off and riding.
Easter weekend was beautiful though and we enjoyed family gatherings both here and on Long Island. On Saturday Linda's son and family ...
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Tired Of Winter

March 20, 2018
I'm sitting here waiting for tomorrow's latest Nor'easter and wondering how hard my snowblower will have to work clearing the driveway. The worst one of the three we've had in the past three weeks left thirteen inches of white stuff on my walk and driveway. While I usually have a good time watching the machine hurl snow it's getting a little tedious removing it with such regularity.
What really has made all of this so annoying is that I got one good day to ride a bike before all these storms s...
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The Weather

March 5, 2018
The weather here is having fun with us but it certainly isn't funny. A week ago it became suddenly warm and had us thinking Spring was at hand. I even took the Honda Rebel to work one day. Of course the next day Mother Nature unleashed her fury on the region. High winds knocked out power and the roads were coated with wet, heavy and slippery snow. Trees fell, whole towns lost power and many schools have been closed for days. When Linda and I finally went out to clear the snow from the walk an...
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The Long Wait

February 20, 2018
Winter here in the Northeast is the biggest hindrance to riding anything on two wheels. If it isn't too cold or snowing there is a heavy coating of road salt waiting to eat up the bike. I haven't even bothered to start any of the bikes that are the crankiest and will hook up a battery charger later in March or early April that should coax them to life. The best bikes are the three Hondas out there. No matter how long I let them sit they usually crank and fire up in a matter of seconds. 
We hav...
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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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