Monday, November 21, 2005

So this is it. Riding season is over for me. Yesterday, I washed and polished the bike, lubed the chain, added Stabil to the gas and put it away for the winter. My dissertation advisor Scott is letting me park it in his garage. It was a nice day, temperature in the mid 50s. A few bikers were out riding and I wondered if I was putting the bike away too soon. Maybe there would be a couple more weekends before it got really cold. But who was I kidding! I had gone for a 90 mile ride Saturday on KY10 and though I enjoyed the ride, I knew it was getting too cold. I was frozen to the core by the end of the ride, in spite of wearing thermals, 2 long sleeve t-shirts, 2 socks, double gloves and leather jacket.

Looking back, I had a great 7 & 1/2 months and approximately 4500 miles of riding. I think I started off as an average motorcyclist and have become much more proficient, thanks to the MSF course, the Proficient Motorcycling books and....well the 4500 miles of riding! I enjoyed each and every ride, but my favorite one is the Indiana Fall colors trip with Angie. Everything was perfect....the roads that we rode on, the weather, the scenery, the stay at the farm, the couldn't have been a better trip.

And looking ahead, I can't wait for spring! I plan to get a bigger bike next year, maybe a 1100cc Honda Spirit or Sabre or even the 1300cc VTX, but I'll probably hold on to my VLX until summer. I also plan to do some long distance bike trips out west with Ashok(check out his bike). Meanwhile, I will continue to post pictures, routes for future rides, reviews of motorcycling magazines and books etc.


Blogger Vinod said...

It's too early to retire. Get a windshield. I just got back from a 350 mile trip in 40 - 55 F weather + rain in Alabama.

>>I plan to get a bigger bike next year, maybe a 1100cc Honda VTX

You prob mean a 1300 VTX. The VTX has 1300 and 1800cc models. I own a 1100 Spirit. It's a great, stable bike. It's a good buy. You might wanna consider that and the slightly more powerful Sabre for your next bike.

If you plan to ride down south, plz feel free to drop in. I live in Huntsville, AL.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Vinod said...

Hey ...another honda rider with the same name! Thanks for the info and the invitation! Yes, I did mean the 1300VTX, but I think the Spirit or the Sabre might be more within my budget.

So it seems a windshield really makes a difference. I might consider getting one for my next bike.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous jello said...

Hadn't checked your blog for a while.... so finally winter is here hmmmm!! Anyway was fun reading your blog this season... will look forward to more pictures and updates next year :)

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HMMMMM,Two vinod's......

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sirji i copied this in ur orkut too....just have a look...thanks
fellow rider...rudram

4:43 PM  

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