December 17, 2016
Good Bye Until Spring
No, I'm not going to hibernate - although that doesn't sound like a bad idea as we have already had a morning low of -4, with the high at 13 (Friday). We've also had several snow storms, after which, it hasn't gotten warm enough to melt off. It is good bye to the bike; Friday my favored dealer came and picked up the bike to put it into nice warm storage. I needed the room as with pellets, car, snow blower and bike, the garage was pretty much as full as it could get. In the second picture, you can get an idea of how close to the wall I had to park the car in order to have room to open the door without hitting the bike.
I had arranged to have the bike picked up on Friday, but was not given a time. I needed to burn a vacation day anyway (use or lose), so that was no big deal. Bryan, a service tech, called me at 9 on Friday to see if he could pick it up that morning. By 9:43 he was ready to start loading it into the van (sorry for the picture hue - it was snowy, overcast and that side is in whatever shade there was so everything turned a bluish hue)
After he got it all secured and strapped in, he pulled out of the driveway at 9:46
This is the first time I've had this service, usually dropping it off myself. However, I needed some of the work done offered by the top tier storage package. That work is done at a discount and the package includes their picking it up and dropping it off in the spring.
At least I got some room in the garage.
Later that day I took the car into town to run some errands and charge up the battery and lube up all the moving parts - I hadn't driven it in a couple of weeks. I was able to park the car in the garage in the middle instead of to the side - you'll just have to imagine how that looks since I haven't taken a picture.
December 04, 2016
Of Bike and Snow
I have not ridden the bike since 10/16/16. Yesterday I was going to take it out for a quick spin to Henniker and back. That would accomplish a couple of things; fill the gas tank, get oil circulating thru the engine and clutch, and charge up the battery.
Naturally it started snowing as I pulled it out of the garage into the driveway. I decided that Mother Nature did not intend for me to ride so let the bike warm up and charge in the driveway then shut it down and backed it back into the garage.
If you look closely there are a couple of snow flakes on the seat. It was hard getting a picture since the engine had already warmed the seat up somewhat before I thought to get pictures.
Guess it is time to arrange for the dealer to come pick it up for winter storage :(
November 25, 2016
My H-D dealer of choice gives points for purchases. Normall those purchases are for merchandise/parts - services are no included. I also get points for attending HOG meetings (as a courtesy from our sponsoring dealer). A couple of months ago, my Extended Service Plan (ESP) for the bike came up for renewal. I was debating not only if to renew, but also if I renewed, for how long. The decision became easier when the dealer had a special that included earning points for buying/renewing an ESP (limited time offer).
So I had a whole bunch of points to spend. The catch? The points expired on 11/23/16. Upon realizing this a couple of weeks ago, I mulled over what to get (I had nearly $200 to spend). Oh, I could get things for the bike, but then I would have to have them installed. And really, the bike pretty much has everything I could want - except more lighting is always good. Then I thought of what I could use for myself - and I realized I have been lusting after a helmet that has a clear face shield with an integrated sun shield that is retractable. Fortunately, Harley has just come out with the women's version (men's are too big for my small head).
So I went into Heritage H-D and they only had sizes M & L - way too big for me. The sales associate offered to order one for me. I told the gal that I needed to use my points and if the helmet wouldn't be in by 11/23, then I wouldn't buy it. She assured me that since they knew it was my plan, they could extend the points if needed.
I was getting antsy about that, so Wednesday after my day job, I headed to Concord to renew that promise (and see how that would work). I walked in the door and Kristie said, "I see you got my message!". Um, no, did you call? Turns out she had left me a message as I was driving to the dealership. The helmets had come in (they got both S & XS since I was unsure of the size I needed). XS was perfect. And since the helmet did not take up all my points, I got a long sleeved shirt with a customized NH scene and the dealer logo.
For both of these items I shelled out a mere $10.
Yep, I'm a happy camper - I know I'll love the retractable sun-shield when I get to use the hemet!
September 17, 2016
Biker Chick and her Parents
While Cop Car and her HH were here, they actually got to see one of my motorcycles - they never saw, in person, my previous bikes. Since that Sunday was the monthly HOG meeting, and their hotel was just a couple miles down the same road, I rode over when the meeting was over. After performing some errands, using HH's car, and just prior to heading towards my place, CC told Dad she wanted a pic of him on the bike. And here he is.
Of course, they had never seen me ride before, so CC went a little crazy with the pics as they followed me home. She literally took more pictures of me than had previously been taken in total. These are just a sampling of the pics; The first is as I was getting prepared to leave the hotel parking lot, then various places thru the ride home, and finally as I am backing into the driveway.
Once home, I had Mom get on the bike for a pic together.
I appreciate that CC shared the pics with me as I have a hard time rotating my FB profile pic since I have so few photos of myself (which I only do a couple times a year) - usually I resort to just pics of my bike.
May 07, 2016
International Female Ride Day 2016
The first Saturday in May is IFRD. Last year I didn't get to participate, but this year I did and joined the local LOH chapter in their ride. As per usual, when I plan a ride, it was in the low 40's and rainy. I'm so used to that turn of events that I don't even blink or question whether I am going or not.
We met at the local Harley dealer ("local" being relative - it is 30 miles from where I live). I got there early so had my pick of parking spots (mine is the one facing the building)
We took a group photo before leaving. There were a lot more ladies scheduled to join us, but the weather must have kept them away. Several guys from the HOG chapter volunteered to ride with us to road guard.
The guy in back isn't super tall - rather super short. He was holding onto the shoulders of me and the gal on his other side and jumping up and down - LOL.
And for Cop Car, who I'm sure is having kittens because she can't see my face
There I am in the center, back, to the left of the "tall" guy. The lady center front was the leader of the ride. She created and scouted the route. The two women to her left are the one's I normally hang with at LOH and HOG meetings because they talk enough that I don't have to try to fill silences with small talk (which I suck at). The shorter of the two is the one I usually hitch a ride with to drop off or pick up my bike for/from winter storage - she drives right by my place when going to Concord. I return the favor; last year I took her to pick up her bike. This year she picked up her bike this morning (just before the ride), then after we got home I drove her back to the dealer to pick up her car. She stores her bike in my town so it is convenient for both of us.
This is the first time I have joined an LOH group ride, and only the 2nd HOG chapter ride (the one other time was last summer when I was headed to NY anyway and joined them for 1/2 their trip. It was a good time and I certainly hope to join again next year.
April 03, 2016
Birthday Party 2016
Because Cop Car was complaining that I didn't post the picture on my blog - all the people that attended my birthday part (otherwise known as the April HOG meeting that happened to fall on my BD)
April 02, 2016
Just in Time for Snow
After cleaning out the garage to make room to bring the bike home from storage, I arranged a ride for Sunday (4/3). What is magic about Sunday? The monthly HOG meeting is held on the first Sunday of the month and one of the gals goes pretty much right by my house to attend the meeting. The plan was that she would pick me up to go to the meeting and I would ride the bike home.
Monday night the weather guessers started talking snow for the weekend. Tuesday, they sang the same tune - ARRGGHH!. Wednesday they were predicting inches of snow for Sunday. Meanwhile it was in the high 60's with thunderstorms coming on Friday.I didn't want to wait another month to pick up the bike (the next HOG meeting).
So, I called the dealer and arranged to pick up the bike Thursday after work. I left the car there and rode home in 60* - a bit on the windy side, but plenty warm so it was a good ride.
I drove the truck to work yesterday even though it was plenty warm. I was glad I had as there were torrential rains on my way home.
This morning I texted the gal to make sure she didn't forget to pick me up tomorrow morning so I could pick up the car, and added that if she was going to Concord today, that would work for me also. Ack, she was sick and going to the minor emergency center because she thought she had pneumonia. If she had pneumonia, she wouldn't be going to the HOG meeting. I offered her a ride to the ME if she wasn't up to driving but she said she would pick me up instead . Turns out she went to the ME in Concord instead of the one closer to her; evidently, she doesn't like that place closer to her home.
Anyway, I got the car picked up, so all vehicles are now home. The gal texted me a while ago that she doesn't have pneumonia (Yay!), just a terrible cold. It was a juggle, but everything worked out.
January 23, 2016
2016 Heritage Storage Party
Yes, I'm still alive, just haven't done anything either inside or outside the house, so haven't had anything to post about.
Today the place that I store my motorcycle, Heritage Harley Davidson, had their winter storage party. This is an invitation only event, for those who store their bike. Sure, the public can still come to the store, and they get an extra treat in being able to go into the wrenching area, but they don't get drink or food chits, nor do they get tickets for door prizes.
So I got to visit my bike (middle one in picture) and talk to a couple of LOH and HOG members that I usually only see during meetings.
Didn't win anything this year, but I have won some pretty good prizes in the past, so still had fun watching those who did win. they also have a chili cook off competition for the guys in the service department. The attendees are the judges and the winner of the most votes gets a vacation day.
Was happy that we aren't getting out of the Nor'Easter as it would have hit about when the party got out. Did some shopping while I was in Concord, and now back home with a cat on my lap as I type.
Don't see anything happening for the next several weeks, so may be a while before I post again. Don't worry, I'm not just neglecting my blog - I'm also not posting on FB except to Like people's postings. Just be happy that I'm not posting what is "happening" in my life so you don't have to try to cheer-lead something like, "I got up, I went to work, I got home, I watched TV, went to bed, I got up, I went to work" etc. etc.
November 15, 2015
This morning I took the bike in for winter storage. Left the house at 34 degrees and it wasn't much, if any, warmer when I got there before they opened at 10.
Looking forward to next March or April when it is warm enough for me to pick it back up!
September 06, 2015
Day of Riding
I took a break last Sunday and didn't do a dang thing to the house or yard. I had been contacted by a QOTR member (one that I had ridden with summer of 2014 on a 3 day tour of the northeast) asking if I wanted to meet her and pick up the QOTR "mascot". The mascot is a banner that we send around the country. The rules are that it has to be passed at a "meet and greet" where both ride their bikes for the hand off. Usually several people attend the meet and greet, and there is a short group ride before they go their separate ways.
Raven63 lives in very southern MA, at the Cape. Both of us would ride around 100 miles just to meet, and we decided to have a short tour of the middle part of MA as neither of us were familiar with it. Others were invited, but couldn't attend. That didn't keep us from having a great time though.
The map shows the planned route; Meeting at the Publick House Historic Inn and riding counter-clockwise. Of course some of the towns did not mark the roads very well, so we got off course a bit
We ended up going way further north, on Rt 10 than we had planned and almost ended up in NH. However, we finally found a road going south again and regained our route. Actually, the portions we were lost on were the most scenic of our tour. We decided to cut out the Paxton / Leicester sections at Rutland and take the cut-off road to North Brookfield.
The tour itself was right around 135 miles, as the original planned route was and we each ended up with a little over 335 miles for our individual mileages. I left a little after 7am, and got home at 6:45 pm - so it was a full day of riding - just what I needed!