Another sign that Spring is getting closer is the Northeast Motorcycle Expo. I wanted to get Brenda to try and sit on a bunch of different bikes, but she keeps gravitating to ones with three wheels??
I sat on quite a few and found it interesting that I could sit on the Yamaha FJ-09 with a seat height of 33.3-33.9″ quite comfortably, but the Ducati Multistrada 1200s with a seat height of 32.5-33.3″ I couldn’t even get upright for fear of tipping over.
The other thing I got to try out was Honda’s riding simulator. http://powersports.honda.com/experience/articles/090111c080a4cfb0.aspx I wasn’t too happy with my results, but didn’t find it all that realistic either since you couldn’t turn your head to look around and there was no feel to the brakes. They were only letting licensed riders try it out, so Brenda did not get a chance to test her skills…
The only thing I bought at the show was some aluminum & metal polish that I plan to try out on the GS650L from Biker Wax. http://www.bikerwax.com/
It is nice to deal one on one with the person that created the products and owns the company. Hopefully it works well so that I can try more of his products.
The motorcycles were put away at the end of November thinking that it was getting too cold to be outside working in the shed. It took awhile, but the cold and snow really arrived in February. February was the coldest month on record and snow fall is currently just a few inches below the record, but the meltdown has now begun!
Back at the end of November I was trying to arrange the two motorcycles and the cycle shelter in the shed while still allowing room to get the snow blower in and out of the shed during the winter. I tried sliding the GS650L closer to the wall once it was on the center stand, but I couldn’t get it to move easily. I decided to give the furniture moving discs a try that I have seen at the home improvement stores.
Once it was on the sliders, it was easy to push the bike sideways closer to the wall along with the Suzuki SFV650 that is on Pit Bull front and rear stands.
The SFV650 has always been stored on front and rear bike bike stands to keep the weight off the tires for the winter, so I also did something quick and easy with the GS650L to get the front tire up off the ground.
Just some 4×4 cedar posts that I had lying around from a previous project. The center stand still keeps the rear tire off the ground too.
Plenty of room to get the snow blower in and out, but no room to keep working on either bike easily.
I don’t do too much more to the bikes before winter other than changing the oil, fill up the gas tanks with stabilized fuel, and remove the batteries to bring inside for the winter.
Hopefully the rest of this snow will melt soon and the ground dry up so I can get the motorcycles out of the shed and back on the road.