Sunday, June 19, 2016

Goodbye My Friend...

We never know where life will take us.



A few hours ago my brother-in-law left with my, sorry, his FJR. I hope that it brings him to as many interesting places as it brought me...

In the past 10 years we've had some excellent adventures.

FJR get-togethers in UT, SD, AR, a trip to Rachel, NV, a couple of trips to SD for the Sturgis Rally and a few just for riding in the Black Hills.








The day I bought it and drove it home from Vetesnik's in Richland Center, WI.


Thanks for the memories....




I'll keep the Zx14 and the Wr250x, but I'm making room in my garage for something maybe just as fun as sport-touring bikes. Another chapter in my life....??????? We'll see...






Sunday, May 15, 2016

Just Checking in...

I have not got much riding in this season. I have been busy in the garden though. The trees are just starting to leaf out and it's been cool the last couple of days. Tonight we're headed for 28°, so the flowers are covered and some of the planter boxes are in the garage. We had snow showers this morning.

The wild life has been busy....

This guy showed up at dinner time the other night... The cat was not impressed!


The trail cam has caught a few critters too.....


Raccoon....

Fox...

More Coyote...

In motorcycle related news, my brother-in-law recently sent me a check for the purchase of my FJR. He'll be picking it up sometime late next week or weekend.... The FJR has brought me to lots of memorable places over the last 10 years including several FJR rallies in Arkansas, Park City Utah and South Dakota. Lots of trips to the Black Hills for the Sturgis Rally, a solo trip to Nevada... Plenty of good times!!



More motorcycle related things when they happen.



Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Signs of Spring!

The last couple of days have been quite a bit warmer than normal. Spring is in the air... I can smell it. I know that we'll probably be getting more snow, but at least it won't be staying long.

The roads are ice free, but still sandy. The driveway is all that separates me from a much wanted motorcycle ride.


The roof is almost clear.


There's still a considerable amount of snow on the ground.


It's currently 58°F outside, and the rest of the week is supposed to be almost the same!

I better get out in the garage and start warming up the bikes!


Monday, February 08, 2016

A Mid Winter Check In...

It's been a long winter up here. It's been snowing for 2 days and it's not supposed to end until tomorrow night. Nowhere near the snow amounts of the winter of '13-'14, but it's still snowy and cold...

To break out of the winter doldrums my buddy and I attended the Progressive International Motorcycle Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center.



I drove down to John's on Saturday and picked him up. We spent about 2 hours checking out the newest offerings. I didn't see anything that made me want to sell any of my bikes or trade up to something new. The brand new 2016 Yamaha FJR-1300 is the same color as my 10 year old version. Yes, it now has a 6 speed gear box but I've never felt the bike had gearing issues or the need for a 6th gear. John checked out some new helmets and some tires.

A few pictures from the day.

Progressive had a large 1:32 scale slot car track set-up with some very nice detailing...

A twin engine H-D...

Some pretty cool bikes from the vintage section...

The studded tires on this ice racing Polaris Slingshot would make getting around in the winter time easy. I could aerate the lawn with it in the summer time too.

If I ever had too much money and too much free time, an old school chopper like one of these might be fun to putt around on...

I really liked the vintage/40's/retro/rockabilly look of the Indian Motorcycles models...

Oh well, another 8 weeks or so and the weather should improve. I'm looking forward to getting the bikes out of the garage, breaking ground in the garden, and dragging some logs out the woods behind me... There's plenty to do.

Until then I'll keep dealing with winter's fun stuff...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

An Interesting Week.

A lot has happened since the last entry. A week ago last Monday I was riding and seeing Bald Eagles. Wednesday, I was working in the garage...

After the last entry, it started snowing on Thursday afternoon and kept snowing until Friday night.


By Saturday afternoon it had warmed up enough to take one of the bikes out for a ride. Unfortunately, Saturday night the furnace quit working. Note the large open spot where a big motor and fan should be...


Luckily the temps have been very mild last 4 days, but it's been rainy and gray so there's been no riding.

Tuesday, I had my last follow up visit with the eye surgeon. I got the all is OK with my left eye! And on Monday I go in to get checked for new glasses!

The furnace is still down, waiting on parts... I hope the parts get here soon as the temps are headed for a low of 14° this weekend. The basement is nice and warm thanks to the in-floor heat system, and we can have a fire in the fireplace if it cools off too much upstairs.

I think the riding season is officially over!