We've had some amazing March weather this past week, breaking record highs that have been much more April-ish than March-like. I've seen many other riders out these last days but only today did I manage to get two of the machines out in the fresh air. Yesterday a number of them had their Feb '16 birthday license tabs placed as I started each of them and aired up their tires. A few miles were ridden but those don't count; each of the machines that were started only ran down to the corner and back a few times, odometers increasing by multiple tenths of a mile but just barely multiple miles, if even that.
Normally I have Friday's off but this week was one of those old fashioned Fivers so Saturday morning found me taking care of the types of things normally completed on my Off Weekday. That meant I really didn't get started on the bikes until later in the afternoon so getting 4 of the herd out for a little squinty sunshine was an accomplishment I'm proud of. It was a very nice day to be behind the bars, if only just barely on those 4.
Today there was a more dedicated attempt at actually riding and two of them actually had their fluids warmed (hot) and flowing.
I wasn't the only one just getting started this season.....Paul and Marietta had the diner opened up and it was great to see them again. Dave and I met for an early lunch and had a chance to get a few words in with both of them as the noon rush was taking place. There were many "welcome backs...." back and forth as Dave and I finished our smoked meat lunches.
Lock and Dam #4 is holding back this mottled ice; the river as ever determined to be 100% liquid as soon as possible.
The railroad knows no seasons like we riders and the river boats do.
Hanson Road.....yes, we found some soft and gooey but none of it was really all that bad. Our driveway back home is still worse.
Dave isn't pushing, rather getting some water out for our 4 legged companion Justin.
Dave and I easily could have and would have put a lot more miles on (did ~100) but I was anxious to get back home to take another bike out for a spin. Dave followed me home and I swapped Tran Zalp for Brutus. It's not running as well as it should but we'll get there; its lean condition will be corrected. A lot of fun to ride, we're going to be good friends and has been a rewarding project. Son Ben has taken all of my machines (that run) for test rides and hasn't always been very impressed though politely kind but he came back yesterday with a huge and very genuine smile on his face. "That's fun" and he's right....it is.
Today Dave and I made a 40 mile loop for afternoon coffee and the old Yamaha did really well. I'll see if I can't with a bit of TLC get the king and queen seat back in shape, the finishing touch to this fine machine. Again, many thanks to both Mark and Mike for sourcing this thing, extra parts they had "laying around" and for the technical help. I'm far from an expert but I do know more than I did a year ago. New shocks and tires to be added soon which should put this combination in the Good To Go category.
Now to get the others out on the road. Cooler weather is coming, much more normal for Minnesota in March but I'm convinced and we all hope that we're finally over the hump.