Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It’s that time of year again

Well it’s that time again where one’s thoughts change from tomorrow’s ride destination to next year’s ride changes. With 5 months or so of miserable (and impossible) riding conditions ahead of us we in “the north” (pretty much anything above the Mason-Dixon line) have to satisfy our motorcycling passions and amuse ourselves by some combination of heading south for the winter, day-dreaming, or modifying our bikes so they will be even more unique and amazing come the springtime.
And so last night found me with the 2012 versions of the Harley-Davidson and J&P Cycles catalogues and my latest bank statement studying all the upgrades and farkles that I could get with the modest amount of “mad money” I have available. Of course the danger with this sort of activity is that once you get started it pretty quickly spins out of control and it took but a few minutes before the list of “must have” appearance items and an equally long list of “must have” performance items had driven me deep into the red.
Now the truth is my bike is probably 99% where I want it to be but I would feel that I’d wasted a perfectly good winter if I didn’t take the opportunity to at least upgrade something! So further analysis is going to be required. Would I rather upgrade the air cleaner for better performance or swap out the tank console for better looks? Should I put on a True-Track system for better handling and cornering or spend the money on enhanced lighting for night time driving? So far I have no answers, only questions.
But with endless possibilities I can foresee many evenings of thumbing catalogues and on-line searching before I decide what to do which, in its own way, is as good a prescription for the winter riding blues as anything because, as William Inge said, “Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.”

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13 comments:

  1. What a lovely way to while the dark, dreary winter hours ... enjoy the planning but watch out spring will be here before you know it.

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    1. Not so sure about that last comment. They're calling for a colder snowier winter here (as you know) so it may seem like a long, long time.

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  2. Let the farkling commence! The extent of my farkle list is a windshield & saddle bag. As for putting the bike away for winter - nope! Luckily living in the PNW I mainly experience rainy winters, last year I rode for all but 2 weeks, hoping for the same this year. I do like to dream about bike goodies though and peruse catalogs & blogs a lot during the winter.

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    1. Dar - When the choice is an extended period of damp, cloudy, rainy days or brilliant sunshine on snow I think I'll take the snow and sun, even though it means no riding. But either way catalogue shopping is a fun way to fill the time when you can't get out there.

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  3. As long as you have dry pavement, you can ride.

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    1. No Name - True, but we got snow this week so the chances of seeing dry roads any time in the next 5 months are now pretty slim. But just in case the bike's in the garage, on the tender, and ready to go. I have had riding days in December but they are pretty rare.

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  4. I think thumbing through farkle catalogues and perusing the interweb is a good way to spend the snowy cold winter if you aren't able to ride.

    Sometimes it is fun to just dream about all we'd do given the funds and opportunity.

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    1. The dreaming is sometimes the best part because you can be totally unconstrained by time, finances, or even convention. Nothing is impossible or too ridiculous for dreams.

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  5. Canajun:

    I consider farkles a necessity and purchase them as soon as I discover a need for them. I only need a comfortable seat, and a windshield which does not buffet in the wind. I like to look at maps and see where the roads lead . . .

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

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    1. Bob - Of course you'd ask for the two most nearly impossible things to find for a motorcycle - a seat that is still comfy after several hours and a windshield that doesn't make your head feel like a bobble-head doll. After much trial and error and not a few $$$ I've managed to get close, but still not what I'd consider the ideal for any real long-distance riding.

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  7. Dave this winter my wish list doesn't involve working on my bike, it's going to be all about my gear. I've got a Senna headset on my wish list, and I've got a fair bit of maintenance to do, mostly replacing Velcro that no longer holds, adding some snaps, and sewing on some discrete Canadian flag patches on both my jackets. The kind of thing you'd expect an Amish mother to be doing over the winter.

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    1. David - We'll expect to see photos of you in your bonnet as you do your Amish mother imitation.

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