November 22, 2014
Long Winter's Nap
I have been trying to get my bike to storage since last Saturday, but haven't been able to find a ride to get back home. The one person I thought I could at least bribe with a meal, has decided I'm persona non-grata, and just said no. I wasn't going to ask EX after he helped me bring the stove home, so I had arranged to have it picked up by the dealer this coming Wednesday. It would cost me $50, but that was fine.
However, this morning EX texted me that he had just made a delivery for work to the seacoast and would be coming thru Concord (where the dealer is), so if I wanted to drop the bike off, he would pick me up. Worked for me so I dug my gear out of the downstairs closet (I had stowed everything away the night after I arranged the pick up), and rode to Concord in 20 degree weather. I was dressed for warmth with ear coverings under my helmet, t-shirt, sweatshirt, heavy leather coat, long johns, jeans, heated pant liner and chaps. I also had my mid-weight gloves, with in conjunction with my heated grips did a decent job of keeping my hands warm (except the fingertips, but it was still manageable).
So, I save $50 and got in a last ride today.
October 14, 2014
Motorcycle Lowers Explained
In the comments to Putting CC Out of Her Misery, Cop Car didn't understand my term of "lowers", which the new bike has, but the old bike didn't.
See the little light to the left of the wheel and in front of the engine guard? Behind that light is a lower. Here is a side view:
Lowers, are the leg protectors that are attached to the engine guard. This particular set has vents in it so I can have more air flow on warm days, and almost no air flow on cold days. They are also removeable if I so wish. They do have small "glove box" type compartments. I'm not sure I would trust anything too valuble in there as the covers are held on just by snaps - and they hold only so well as you snap them on :)
October 11, 2014
Putting CC out of Her Misery
Buffy, was so kind as not to spill the beans. I am sure she saw my posting on FB, so she declined to participate. Alright, here is the last hint - before:
Yep, just a little difference. In fact, a lot of difference. The black bike is a 2006 HD Street Glide. The Merlot Sunglow (burgundy/reddish) bike is a 2011 Street Glide. And here is the story as told on the Queens of the Road Forum:
So I was at my favorite Harley dealer a couple of weekends ago, looking at bikes like I always do. I wasn't looking for a bike, I just like to sit on the SG's [Street Glides - bogie] that take my fancy when I am at a Harley dealer. That day, I saw a bad ass 2011 Merlot Sunglow SG with lowers, but a naked back end. I walked past it a couple of times, circled it a couple of times, then sat on it.
Now I've sat on probably 100's of bikes since I got my '06 SG and never got the urge to do anything with it. BUT, this one felt right (only had one other bike "feel right", that would be my '06 SG). And, just like when I sat on the '06, the 2011 "spoke" to me.
My ever practical self got off the bike and left to continue with my errands. See, I have spent so much on my fixing up my house this year, and being single now with no back up income if I should lose my job, a new bike just wasn't in the cards.
A couple of days later I was looking to see what I could reasonably expect to get for trading in my '06. Then I thought of the things I would have to add to the 2011 - musts; heated grips, fog lights, LED headlight and 2 year extended warrantee. And I thought about what dollar amount I would be willing to finance (not payments, total dollar amount). Then, just for giggles, I emailed the sales guy to see what I could get for trade. Not nearly enough.
He asked me to come in and talk, but I told him I didn't want to waste his, or my, time and we were just too far apart. He said to come in anyway and bring the '06 so they could look at it and see if they could give me more. Last Saturday [9/20/14 - bogie], I went in and they offered me another grand for my bike. With the add-ons I wanted, and the price of the bike, the number was within a couple of hundred of the figure I was willing to finance. Then I asked if the price came with the 2 year warrantee, as I had earlier told him I wanted. Um, No.
So, I ended up in a room with the salesman, the boss, and the finance guy. At one point I got up, put out my hand to the sales guy and said, "well, it was worth a try." He got up, shook my hand and we took 1 step towards the door when the boss said "wait". He gave me a lower total (basically one year of the warrantee for free) and I just stared at him for about 2 minutes until he finally just stated that he couldn't do any better.
I thought about it some more, decided I could pay the difference and still have the loan amount of what I wanted. They spent the week putting on my parts and today [9/27/14 - bogie] I said goodby to my 2006, and hello to my 2011. I no longer have to lust after the 6 gallon tank, or the 6 speed transmission. And, it had the power pack upgrade, giving it the 103 motor with security system.
So here I am, with winter just around the corner, with a new-to-me bike. Most of my riding has been to work, or to the Harley shop for tweaks (they wired the fog lights in a way that I didn't like so they fixed them to the way I wanted), but it has been fun. The 2006 had right around 24k miles when I bought it 12/18/2010 (never rode it until the next April), and had 51k when I traded in. The 2011 had just over 24k when I bought it, so I know that I have many a year ahead to enjoy it.
October 04, 2014
What's Up With This?
Notice anything different? Maybe not for those not into motorcycles - give it your best shot.
July 05, 2014
Office Worker on a Motorcycle
Last weekend was fairly easy. I only had to demolish one wall, in the office. I got the demo done on Saturday, including running all the dtritus to the dump. Then I got the plywood scabbed in and caulked. Sunday morning I got the insulation put in and then I played the rest of the day by going out for a ride.
Left about 11 and got home shortly after 4 so I would have time to get regular chores done.
There is a hang-gliding hill outside Claremont and I stopped to take pictures becuase I saw an ultralight towing a hang glider
It was good to get a project done (or at least as done as it is going to get until contractors come in) and still get to relax for a while.
June 26, 2014
One of the gals that I rode with several weeks ago recieved a video (sorry, can't seem to embed it in the post) from one of the passengers of the Essex Ferry we took from NY to VT. Comes with sound too! I am the 4th rider off the ramp (on the best looking bike of course - LOL)
Here is a slideshow of pictures that I and the rest of the queens took on the trip.
June 14, 2014
Rhodys in Bloom
When I got home from my bike trip, the rhodys out front were in full bloom - just gorgeous!
Last Sunday I got invited to ride with a bunch of other people that I didn't know. 20 bikes rode around the Big Lake. Okay, I only went for about 1/2 the ride because I needed to get home and do some chores, but still had a good time with this bunch of NH Riders.
Finished tearing out the rest of the rock wool in the living room, plugging the holes at the top of the plywood and installing real insulation during the evenings of last week. Next project - bedroom
And that is pretty much the news for the last week. Hope you all have a great weekend!
June 08, 2014
Left 6 Am Wednesday morning to meet a bunch of gals I know on a motorcycle forum in Chatham, NY for breakfast. Met some Blue Knight riders there (retired police officers), and they bought us breakfast - great way to start a trip!
Then we rode to Lake George, NY to experience a bit of Americade (a biker rally). Yes, I know I went backwards to get there - I could have gotten to Lake George in just a little over the time it took me to get to breakfast. We spent some time walking around and shopping before finding our hotel for the night.
Thursday we left to go riding thru VT, taking the Essex Ferry from NY to VT. We stopped at the Dutch Mill Restaurant in Shelbourne, VT where the owners took great care of us. Mary (owners wife and hostess) was great. She had a fantastic sense of humor and was very friendly. The owner ran out to move his van when we arrived so that all 10 bikes could sit on fairly level ground. The food was very good and I heartily suggest stopping by there if you are ever in the area! She took pics with us - and this one really captures her spirit and personality (she is in the dress and the cook is the guy in back):
We ended up in North Conway, NH about 8 PM to spend the night. Then on Friday we rode thru the White Mountains. Some of the gals braved the Mt. Washington auto road even thought the weather was sucky (very foggy and fairly cold). I didn't go, with my fear of heights (and no gaurd rails on the road), and opted to do an alternate ride on the Kanc and thru a few of the notches. We got to Bentley's in Maine about 6 PM, where we spent the night.
Yesterday morning we road to the beach to walk the sands, then we all started the trip home. Some of the gals came from TN and GA, so they still aren't home now. There were several NY gals, who made it home shortly after I did - about 3 PM. I had a great time with the gals - I had never even met 8 of the 9 women. The one I had met, it was just for a short time 2 years ago, so I was unsure how the personalities would work out. But we did great together and I look forward to another ride together - perhaps next year.
Here are a few pics from the ride: Americade, ferry ride, VT, Kanc, Bentley's
May 17, 2014
Rindge Bike Blessing
After all my hard work on the house on Saturday, I deserved a break and decided to take up an invitation to attend a bike blessing in Rindge - the last blessing I had attended was 1997 (I found the shirt the other day, that is why I know the year).
We met in Antrim, rode to Milford for breakfast, then headed back to Rindge. My bike is the second on back, and the one in front of it is the bike of my riding companion (guy with his back to the camera).
It was great weather for riding, but after the blessing I decided I better head back home and get some work done, while my riding companion rode to MA to place flowers on his mother's grave for Mother's Day.
I got my raised beds turned and pulled weeds from around the outside perimeters. Then recovered them with black plastic to help kill weed seeds. I'll be planting Memorial Day Weekend, assuming the weather cooperates anyway.
May 03, 2014
Today for International Female Ride Day, I went on a trip out to the Lakes Region. Didn't plan it, it just sort of happened. My second stop (first stop was inconsequential) after I left the house was Heritage Harley Davidson where i gave a donation to the wonderful ladies serving Mexican food to raise money for Alzheimer's Disease. I was there at the same time as another lady who had attended the Ladies only Garage Party several weeks ago, so we chatted while we ate.
Ialso went inside to check out chaps. My chaps, at an XS are too big now since I lost weight after all the hoopla last year and although they still protect my legs, they let in every bit of cold air that should just go by. I found a pair of XS thate are a tighter fit, so bought them, had them remove the tags for me, and immediatly put them on for the next part of my ride.
Then I took a right out of the driveway (not towards where I came from, and started heading norht/west on 106. I went past Louden and Belmont until I came to Rt 3, which I knew would get me back toward Franklin, at which point I would be able to find my way home. I stopped at the shoulder on Rt 3 and took a couple of pictures.
Right after I started riding again, I hit rain. Wasn't too bad and I just smiled and sang to my MP3 player louder! I rode thru Tilton, on to Franklin and hit 127 which would lead me past the Pig Roast and down to Hopkinton and eventually to 202. Before heading directly home, I stopped at Agway to get peanuts and meal worms for the squirrels and birds. I pulled up and parked, got off the bike and grabbed my purse from the saddlebag before looking up at the truck on the other side of the entrance. I had to chuckle as STBX was inside. Even funnier, was he was getting corn and peanuts for the birds and squirrels. Funny coincence and made me laugh.
Then I headed across town to the store, where I bought a few things and headed home. Wonder how many strange looks I got carrying this on the back of the bike?
Had a great ride and when I got home I was notified that I had won a prize from the raffle, so I pick it up next week). Was a great day!