Saturday, April 09, 2011

My Therapy.

This weekend I finally got to do something that I haven't been able to do since early last November. I went riding!!!! On Friday, I put the repaired forks and a new set of EBC brake pads on the FJR. I managed to get in a nice 100 mile ride in the Wisconsin countryside. I rode non stop, and had forgotten to take my camera with me. I had also forgotten how nice the FJR rides. A little clean up and it might make it's way onto craigslist.

Today, I took the Zx-14 out for a ride. After cleaning and lubing the chain, and adding a little air to the tires, I rode for 209 miles. I was gone a little over 4 and a half hours. I made a quick stop in Plum City and called XM radio to have them refresh my little Roady II. 10 minutes later, I had American Top 40 from this week in 1971 playing in my helmet. I rode mostly county roads with letter designations. I wasn't even thinking about where I was going or which road I should take. Most of the roads were in pretty good shape. A few of the less traveled ones had  lots of sand in the intersections, and there was sand on the steep hilly sections. A few days of rain will take care of that problem. I took county back roads all the way to Mondovi. Then, I had a nice fast paced, 21 mile run, down WI hwy. 37 to Alma. Hwy. 37 has a lot of nice high speed sweepers!!! I took WI hwy. 35 the 60 miles back to Prescott.

It felt so good to finally get out of the house, get on a motorcycle, have a few hours to listen to the 70's channel and clear my head. I truly enjoyed today's therapy session!!!!

A view of the cockpit...

My small tank bag with 12 volt power, Xm RoadyII, my small FM radio that I keep in the tank bag and listen to the Xm through, and my molded ear plug speakers from The ear plugs are the BEST money I've ever spent on motorcycle related items... PERIOD! And the company has fixed them for me twice. Not for free, but that's ok, it was my fault both times I broke them.


  1. Nice, warm weather is coming, time to hit the road on some adventures. That's a neat way to listen to satellite radio :-)
    Where's the pics of the Wisconsin countryside? I have never been to Wisconsin :-(

  2. Thanks George. I'll have to remember to bring along the camera and get more pictures of the places I ride. The southwest edge of WI is great for riding. If you look at google maps, and check out the area between the Mississippi River near Hastins, MN and I-94. All the way down to the Iowa border. I live at the very start of it. I could start from my place in Prescott and ride for weeks and not cover it all. I've spent most of my time riding in the triangle shaped area between Prescott and Osseo along hwy 10, down to Fountain City, WI or Winona, MN along the river... And I still haven't been on every road.