Sunday, January 30, 2011

Celebrating Barb's 75 th. Birthday

I'm lost for words here.

A View From Your Past

I have heard it said that one of the first signs of spring is when you see a robin, well I got one better. Yesterday, in the town of Bracebridge, at -9 degrees celsius (that's right MINUS 9!) I saw my first bike of the year. It was one of those "dual sport" bikes that look more like off road bikes than anything we ride, but hey, he was ridin'! And I was jealous.
So when I got home I grabbed a cloth and cleared the dust from my own bike, sat on it and reminisced for a while. Stop laughing, I know you have all done it! At least once. Probably even at least once this year, and if not I bet you want to after reading this.
Now is probably a good time to do a mid-winter inspection of you bike.
Do things like making sure that battery tender didn't get inadvertently unplugged over the months.
If your bike is sitting on the cold hard concrete in your garage you might want to go out and roll it forward a couple of inches to avoid a flat spot in your tires, this is something you might want to do on a weekly basis between now and when you get it out for the summer ( Hopefully only 6 more times!!).
Look for signs of rodents around your bike, things like mouse droppings on the floor or maybe dried grass or twigs sticking out from places that are well hidden. Foam, leather or rubber on the floor could be an indication that a creature is living where it is not welcome.
If you are one that believes in starting you bike every week or so and haven't done it yet, you might want to consider contacting your mechanic for suggestions about first start in the spring. The internal parts of your engine will have dried up by now and first starts are very hard on an engine, it causes scratching of cylinder walls that will cause loss of compression over time, in turn this will cause loss of power. I am sure there are plenty of others problems that are associated with this start up.
Look for cracks in any visible belts hoses or fuel or air lines, now might be the time to replace them if you are at all handy or know someone who is. Doing it in April on the first real nice day when it feels like 25 degrees and everyone else is riding does not make for a good start to the season.
Anyway, I am going out to shovel the driveway now, my house will be the one that has a narrow path of dry pavement from my garage to the road. (You can't be too prepared.) And if you see me in the spring on a brand new KHYZS 650 street/dirt bike you will know I couldn't wait 'til spring. And I will probably have a new friend in Bracebridge!
Happy four wheeling, for now, and remember it is never too early to double check you rear view mirror that one last time to get "A View From Your Past" for motorcycles while you are still driving the cage.

Stephen Ballantyne,
Third Officer S.C.R.C.
Chapter 523

P.S. All the tips above are just things to think about, anything you do with you motorcycle should be approved and/or done by a certified mechanic.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Texas Ride to Palacios

Found a couple of good friends to ride with in South Texas. This BMW is one of three that they own and is 25 years young and runs like a new one. The ride started out from Aransas Pass at 9.30 am heading north to Palacios, a small town on the Gulf Coast. Also took a look at the massive shrimp fleet they have there before enjoying a great shrimp lunch at Tran's, a restaraunt recommended by many of the locals. Another stop on the way home at the DQ in Tivoli before arriving back home with another 360kms on the bikes.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Toronto Bike Show

Thanks to Jim Wright for the picture showing our Thom checking out what Mantha Insurance has to offer.

Monday, January 3, 2011

First Breakfast Get Together of 2011

Looks like a lively group of eleven members enjoying breakfast together at Just Eddies last Sunday. Thanks to Jim Wright and Blanca for the pictures. Click on "Photo Gallery 2011" for more pictures.