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Guaire
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Yesterday I finally got the 1982 BMW R80RT out for a ride. The location of this shot is about 3 miles north of Mount Vernon on the Potomac River. Thursday was colder than Wednesday, but I was warmer in this cockpit than the naked bike, the Royal Enfield Continental GT. There was a bit of wind wash over my back. So for the return ride I turned on my battery powered Gerbings jacket up to level 2 (out of 4). This bike was made for cool weather, very protective.
Fortunately, I have a garage to work in now. I'll be adding an "Eastern Beaver" fuse box. It runs off a relay to keep the electrical system happy. It's going to run two circuits for Gerbings wired, heated gear. Also, there will be a Garmin Zumo. Finally broke out for a 660. Yesterday I ran my iPhone 6. It's equipped with a GPS app, Navigon. It has a speedometer feature. My real meter is running 3 to 4 mph high. I'll call my buddies at Battley MC in Gaithersburg, MD to have them farm out the repair on my speedo. It's ok for speed, but the odometer isn't doing much for me these days.
Cheers,
Bill

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Good to see an RT in its

Good to see an RT in its element---out in the elements! I have to wait until the salt goes away.

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Salt

khittner wrote:

Good to see an RT in its element---out in the elements! I have to wait until the salt goes away.

Why do we live in these "salted" regions? My friends from California think I'm nuts. Perhaps their right. Seven days of charming foliage can't possibly be worth the anguish of watching my stable gather dust all winter long.

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Time to move, Slash2. I

Time to move, Slash2. I spent most of my life living in the LA area, mostly in Santa Monica. Winter becomes a relative thing there. The worst thing is a depressing rain on slick, oily streets.

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Slash---Don't bite the hand

Slash---Don't bite the hand that's fed you. The existence of your aged stable is undoubtedly the end result of "dust gathering". Your '51 R67 has spent a lot of its 66 years gathering dust, as have its more youthful relatives. How many would still be here if they'd been racking up 10K miles/year in some hospitable place? Right---at best, they'd be reduced to interesting wall decor in some chic biker pub, or some rich guy's man-cave. As it is, they all still mostly work, most of the time, during the working season.

The next couple of months test and hone a real motorcyclist's capacity for deferred gratification. You try to keep the twitching in your right wrist under control as best you can. You get into the Toyota and drive for hours through snow and ice to spend a couple of hours in the presence of Harley life-stylers at a Progressive show, and realize how out of touch you are with mainstream motorcycling culture. You grab a cheap flight to Vegas to watch the real 1/1000 of 1%-ers buying carefully-loaded trucks of 6-figure bikes from the Bonham's show, or somewhat lesser collections from Mecum, whisking them off to gather dust in other "important" collections. You go to your regional flea market and spend an hour or two scanning the diminishing piles of worn-out airhead stuff for the couple of parts you need to put that _____ right, and conclude that you just have to suck up the price of new or repro. You wonder how long you can keep your old machine really running, when the human capital that brought them to the world is keeping a nervous, bi-focaled eye on assisted living options. Have faith---the days are getting longer. And would the 12-lane highways of California or Atlanta, Dallas, or Phoenix really be the place for your pre-RS horses? Not really.

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Rain

It has been depressingly raining since the end of fall. One of the strangest Pennsylvania "winters" I recall. It was in the upper 50's, lower 60's a few times throughout January but has finally cooled off some this week and the constant rain has temporarily turned to snow. I live in the country which makes for some of the best riding one could ask for but this time of year our roads are coated in chloride and gravel so the bikes are wisely hibernating. Sometimes I wish I could do the same.

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khittner, that was a nice

khittner, that was a nice mouthful. Are you a writer, or work as a sports writer? That was well done. Sometimes I write and say a lot of nothing.

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