Good Friends and Motorcycles

Motorcycles require much more maintenance than the new cars we have these days. The oil in a motorcycle doesn’t just lubricate and clean the engine like it does in a car engine. It also has to do the same things in the transmission and frequently in the wet clutch. My motorcycle is air cooled and as such has no radiator or coolant. It also doesn’t have an oil cooler. Then there’s the air cleaner that’s more out in the breeze than there is in a car and the fuel filter that’s up under then fuel tank. My V-Star also has a shaft drive with a final drive similar to a differential on a pickup truck and that oil needed to be changed as well. We also replaced the front brake pads, replaced the spark plugs, and adjusted a few things.

My motorcycle is running great these days and I recently pushed the odometer past 25,000 miles. Things are going pretty well on two wheels 😎

It’s All About Perception…

Reasons not to ride may actually be reasons to go out and ride 😎

Today I have a confession to make. I don’t always do the most common sense, intelligent things. For example, I’ve ridden my motorcycle in pretty much every weather condition. I’ve ridden it decidedly too far off road, in snow, over sheets of ice… I just enjoy riding and doing things out of the ordinary. ROKKIT44 has some great thoughts in this three minute video. There are more than a couple ways to look at reasons people give for not riding and there are ways to see those reasons as reasons to ride. I’ve thought this video was awesome since the first time I saw it 😁

V-Star 650 Classic Rehab!!!

A lot of my hobbies and interests were shelved for quite a while during my time in trucking. I was out on the road 3-5 weeks and home 3-5 days. Time with Ember and quality time were priorities. One of those hobbies/interests that I put on hold was motorcycling. I got my V-Star 650 Classic back in 2012 and I’ve ridden through just about every weather condition, over widely varied terrain, and I’ve enjoyed several road trips on this machine.

I’m happy to report that after a couple of years of inactivity, my V-Star is back on the road and I have plans to take my daughter Ember for some short rides to start with. Eventually I hope to drop her off and pick her up at school and maybe go for some slightly longer rides. I’ll be doing an oil/filter change, fuel filter change, air filter change, new front brake pads, and a few other things over the next weekend and it’s getting brand new tires in a couple of weeks.

Expect to see lots more motorcycle fun around here in the future 😎

First run in a few years and it just keeps getting better