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2015 in Mileage

Posted in Honda Transalp XL600V (Kaiju), Repairs, Uncategorized, Yearly Mileage by cheesebot on 2016/01/01

I definitely didn’t ride as much this year as I had in previous years for various reasons but I’m not making any excuses and just here to post the facts as tradition dictates.  Pretty much all of this is from commuting and a couple of short day trips.

1971 BMW R75/5

1/1/15: 87,036
1/1/16:  87,543
Total miles for 2015:  507

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1989 Honda Transalp

1/1/15:  47,853.6
1/1/16:  48,160.0
Total miles for 2015:  306.4

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19xx Mystery Bike (more on this coming up)

10/4/15:  15,571.0
1/1/16:  15,689.7
Total miles for 2015:  118.7

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My (cheesebot) mileage for the year: 932.1

Wow, I didn’t even break one thousand miles.  Now I’m angry – that’s pretty sad.  I promise to ride more this year.  I’m not going to beat myself up about it but, yeah, I am going to beat myself up about it.  This year went by very quickly and I did spend a lot of time in the garage.  It’s very therapeutic for me to be in there and fix things and there’s nothing more rewarding than hearing a bike roar to life after sitting for thirty years.  I was in there most weekends this summer instead of out riding.

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Obligatory New Year’s Day Post — Welcome 2014

Because we closed on a garage (that happens to also come with a house) on December 23, there’s been no riding this Christmastime. Actually, we didn’t even have a tree. This is only the second time I haven’t had a tree, but I was in “economize” mode.

My sad little ride today was about .2 miles on the Honda Elite up the street on tires desperate for air. It’s 28 degrees, brrrr.

s ATGATT -- and it's 28F!

Crocs as ATGATT — and it’s 28F!

So now, without further adieu, the year in miles!

2008 Genuine Buddy St. Tropez scooter (my daily commuter)

1/1/13:  13,104.0
1/1/14:  15,231.0
Total miles for 2013:  2,127

15,231.0 on January 1, 2014

15,231.0 on January 1, 2014

1995 Suzuki DR350SE

1/1/13: 7,185.9
1/1/14:  11,074.7
Total miles for 2013:  3,888.8

11,074.7 on January 1, 2014

11,074.7 on January 1, 2014

1986 Honda Elite 250

1/1/13: 7,367.0
1/1/14:  7,979.8
Total miles for 2013:  612.9

7,979.8 on January 1, 2014

7,979.8 on January 1, 2014

1971 BMW R75/5 [boyfriend’s bike]

1/1/13: 85,262
1/1/14:  86,138
Total miles for 2013:  876

86,138 on January 1, 2014

86,138 on January 1, 2014

1989 Honda Transalp [boyfriend’s bike]

1/1/13: 38,575.0
1/1/14:  42,128.8
Total miles for 2013:  3,553.8

42,128.8 on January 1, 2014

42,128.8 on January 1, 2014

My mileage for the year:  6,628.7

Boyfriend’s mileage for the year:  4,429.8

Every year, our mileage goes down. I need to pick a farflung location for our big trip this year.

2013 Rice-o-Rama — Japanese Vintage Motorcycle Show

Of course the boyfriend and I headed up to this year’s Rice-o-Rama. The weather was perfect (not too cold, not too hot, no rain), the bikes were plentiful (many more in the show this year compared to 2012), and the route up and back really nice (gotta love Google Maps drag-a-route).

all the pics

Began the day at the Seaplane Diner on Allens Avenue in Providence.

Scrambled eggs, bacon, wheat toast with strawberry jam, and on his plate, bacon/egg/cheese on a bagel, all washed down with good diner coffee

Scrambled eggs, bacon, wheat toast with strawberry jam, and on his plate, bacon/egg/cheese on a bagel, all washed down with good diner coffee

Spotted a Yamaha XT500 Enduro on Westminster Street as we were heading out of town.

Yammy XL 500 Enduro parked in front of White Electric, Westminster St, Providence, RI

Yammy XL 500 Enduro parked in front of White Electric, Westminster St, Providence, RI

The road to Rice-o-Rama.

Douglas Ave, Burrillville, RI

Douglas Ave, Burrillville, RI

Parked waaaay in the back, even though we got there at a decent hour.

Honda Transalp XL600V and Suzuki DR350SE squeezed within a sea of bikes

Honda Transalp XL600V and Suzuki DR350SE squeezed within a sea of bikes

Honda Elite 150 Deluxe

Honda Elite 150 Deluxe

Honda Passport with windshield for sale ... too much money!

Honda Passport with windshield for sale … too much money!

weird German motorcycle made in Nürnberg

weird German motorcycle made in Nürnberg

Honda MB5

Honda MB5

the bike I wanted to go home with ... Honda C70 Super Cub

the bike I wanted to go home with … Honda C70 Super Cub

new Honda CB1100 in the parking lot

new Honda CB1100 in the parking lot

Honda CBR600F in the parking area

Honda CBR600F in the parking area

Red Honda Transalp XL600V in the parking area

Red Honda Transalp XL600V in the parking area

Kawasaki 750 2-stroke ... entered in the show

Kawasaki 750 2-stroke … entered in the show

a pair of Honda CX650 Turbo

a pair of Honda CX650 Turbo

obligatory Mad Max Kawasaki KZ1000 bike

obligatory Mad Max Kawasaki KZ1000 bike

a pair of Honda CT90 Trail bikes

a pair of Honda CT90 Trail bikes

Kawasaki 750 and 500 2-strokes -- yikes!

Kawasaki 750 and 500 2-strokes — yikes!

getting ready to head back home, Honda Transalp and Suzuki DR350SE

getting ready to head back home, Honda Transalp and Suzuki DR350SE

The one dirt road I had mapped and it's gated, boohoo! This is Purgatory Chasm State Reservation.

The one dirt road I had mapped and it’s gated, boohoo! This is Purgatory Chasm State Reservation.

riding home, stopped, as I switched my analog GPS (route sheet) to the next page

riding home, stopped, as I switched my analog GPS (route sheet) to the next page

random winery with a giant Santa somewhere in Massachusetts

random winery with a giant Santa somewhere in Massachusetts

crossing the Diamond Hill Reservoir, Honda Transalp stilllife

crossing the Diamond Hill Reservoir, Honda Transalp stillife

Deer Crossing sign in Central Falls, Rhode Island ... really?

Deer Crossing sign in Central Falls, Rhode Island … really?

As we rode closer to Providence, sorta about the time we crossed into Pawtucket, the drivers got crazy. I was very aware of the change in the way I was riding. Sometimes I think I need to move.

Three Final Thoughts

I spoke with one of the RoR volunteers and he said the organizers are thinking of moving the show, yet again, as its outgrown the Singletary Rod & Gun Club in Oxford, MA. I said that I’d love if they brought back a judged scooter class, and he said there was talk of it, especially if they move. They can reach out to more people. Let’s hope so, and let’s hope the location has some nice routing options to get there.

A guy walking along a highway somewhere in Massachusetts gave me the double-fisted wheelie sign. That made me laugh.

And when we were back in town, stopped at a red light, a white car pulled up and stopped dead next to me, not pulling up all the way to the stop line (there was a car in front of me). I noticed out of the corner of my eye and thought, “That’s odd” as I turned my head to my boyfriend to ask him something. He gestured that the inhabitants of the car were trying to get my attention. I looked over and the passenger, arms covered in tats, looked at me and grinned. The driver shot me the peace sign. I have no idea what any of it meant. I think they wanted to talk but didn’t know what to say. Why does this never happen on the scooters?

This winter’s projects are going to be to get Dave Bettencourt’s turquoise and white CB350 running, along with a thorough go-through of the Lambretta. Who really needs a dining room?

DualSpork Camp-n-Ride — April 26-28, 2013

I’m behind with my posts, but thought I’d throw up some pics from this year’s first ADV Pachaug CNR hosted by none other than the lovable, affable Rob.

I took a half-day off work on the Friday, and met the boyfriend at his work. We rode down with our camping gear to Voluntown, CT and the Mount Misery campground. A shitload ton of people showed up, many who I’d never met before so that was fun. Just enough of the regulars to make it so I wasn’t all shy.

Friday night dinner showed up courtesy of Rob’s wonderful wife. Meatballs, rolls, cheese, homemade cookies…mmm.

Tending the fire

Tending the fire

Saturday morning was a large, big bike friendly group ride. Now this is Rob’s version of big bike friendly and I had no idea what he was planning. As we’re lined up getting ready to leave the campground, my plan was to wait and ride with one of my regular guys, but he was planning on getting video of everyone leaving and waiting ’til the end.

As I watched the bikes begin to leave the campground, I looked around and thought, “I don’t know most of these guys, and they’re all on big, big bikes [KTM 990s, Triumph Tigers, KLRs], and what if they completely suck at riding?” I didn’t want to get stuck behind a slow, plodding rider.

I hit the throttle and found myself in about 6th or 7th riding position. There were about 25-30 riders total!

Rob set a nice pace and very quickly the group chunked into three hives. I was hanging with the fast group as we came to the first true off-road section. I knew it and also knew how dry it was so wasn’t too concerned. We’re a mile or so in and it’s getting kinda bouncy when I feel something hit my right thigh and go flying. Huh? I look down and there’s my tankbag flopping all over the place. That’s right, I forgot to zip it. I pull up and over to get out of the way, and a quick look confirms that it was, indeed, my wallet that bounced out.

Getting ready for Shetucket Turnpike

Getting ready for Shetucket Turnpike

As I’m frantically zipping up the bag and getting ready to turn around, two of the guys come roaring past me. One glances over and gives a tentative thumb’s up. I shoot one back. This is gonna be a good ride. Not one of them thought to pull over and help…treating me just like they treat the guys!

With a big grin, I threw the DR around and quickly located my bright yellow wallet. I grabbed it, shoved it into the bag, and threw the DR around again. In all this time, not one other bike passed. I’m thinking, “What the hell? This is an easy section. Where IS everybody?”

I got on the gas and went as fast as I’ve gone through this section, trying desperately to catch up as I didn’t have the route loaded in my GPS and I didn’t want to get stuck with the middle pack. As I came upon an uphill rocky section, I noticed a bunch of people and a bike standing in the woods. As I knew I needed momentum to get up rocky stretch, I hit the throttle, stood up and threw my weight way forward, and kept going. I figured, if no one is lying on the ground screaming and writhing in agony, there’s not much I can do. What can I add to lifting a big-ass KLR when there’s four guys already there. I make it to the end of the stretch where folks are waiting, and they’re all asking me what’s going on.

Trading bikes, me on the KTM and Chris on my DR350

Trading bikes, me on the KTM and Chris on my DR350

Throughout the ride I got to ride Chris’ KTM 500 which turned out to be a relative of Hell Boy. I took it on a very short, easy portion of the Pachaug Loop. I almost wound up plowing into the guy in front of me when I hit a rock and blipped the throttle. Holy Shit! I was screaming in my head the entire ride. “I’m going to die, I’m going to die!” I managed to stall on a hard right, uphill turn, making everyone behind me have to stop in an awkward spot. I got it going, and just took it as easy as I could to get out of there. I hadn’t even come to a complete stop at the end of the section and was jumping off, more than happy to hand it back over to its rightful owner.

me riding Andy's '08 Husky TE610 and he on my DR350...note the stuffed hedgehog!

me riding Andy’s ’08 Husky TE610 and he on my DR350…note the stuffed hedgehog!

Another one of our group graciously lent me his 2008 Husqvarna TE610. I’ve ridden his bike before on a short section of the loop, but this time I kept it for about an hour to an hour and a half. What a treat, that bike is. While it may weigh the same or even a bit more than my DR350, it’s how the weight is distributed and that lovely mid-range that just gives you incredibly confidence. I was flying down a trail in the 40s! I never do that.

Stopped in the woods

Stopped in the woods

Saturday night said Husky owner brought out two huge, and I mean huge, pots of chili. One venison and one vegetarian, with all the fixins. This was the first CNR that I did no cooking. What a treat!

On Sunday, a couple of new riders showed up, and a bunch of us took them on a tour through the Pachaug campground roads and into the Arcadia Management Area in Rhode Island. What we didn’t know is that it was the annual Blessing of the Horses in Arcadia. I’ve never seen so many horses and it really cramped our riding as we pulled over and cut the engine for each group plodding along the motor vehicle gravelled roads. What annoys me is when the horse folks get upset with us, even though we pull over and wait for them to pass, on a public road. Are cars and trucks doing that? No way. As someone who used to ride horses, I understand the power of the animal, but why are you clomping around on a public road? We motorcyclists are as respectful as we can be, concerned for your well-being and not wanting to spook the horse, but you let the animal poop all over the roads, and sneer and complain. I just don’t get it. Buy some land, create some trails, and get off the feckin’ roads.

Shortly thereafter the boyfriend and I broke off and headed on a leisurely ride back to Providence. All in all, a very nice weekend.

Still life with Transalp & DR350SE in the Connecticut woods

Still life with Transalp & DR350SE in the Connecticut woods

Twisted Throttle mini Open House celebrating the grand opening of their service department

Twisted Throttle, West Greenwich RI on 4/13/13

Twisted Throttle, West Greenwich RI on 4/13/13

Headed down to the TT open house on Saturday, April 13. Met up with some of the regular crowd (Matt and Al), as well as other folks that know from teaching the MSF course at CCRI (hi Josh and Mike!) and hi-viz sportbike guy (hi Dewin!). It’s the most social I’ve been in a very long time.

Thanks to the guy with the Honda that cool luggage racks. I did find them on eBay but they don’t make for the DR350, sadly.

It was nice to see an “adventurized” Honda NC700X, a bike that TT is renting out. It’s been completely SW-Motech’d. I can’t really see it as an adventure bike, but I sure wouldn’t say no to taking it out for a ride.

After standing around and talking for a while, the boy and I headed out to grab the RI/eastern CT ADV tag, knowing full well we’d be bruced. And of course we were.

RI/CT ADV tag at MacKay's Furniture, North Kingstown, RI

RI/CT ADV tag at MacKay’s Furniture, North Kingstown, RI

We headed toward Razee’s in North Kingstown to check in with Brendan, the parts guy. I ordered a set of Pivot Pegz for the DR350. They’re stupid expensive but I had them on the DRZ, and just rode the Transalp to a meeting last week which also has them, and now I have to have them again. They’re just so damn comfortable.

DR350 and Transalp at Razees in North Kingstown, RI ... yes, that's me in the background on a Honda Metropolitan

DR350 and Transalp at Razees in North Kingstown, RI … yes, that’s me in the background on a Honda Metropolitan

It was great to see Brendan, and he had me to talk to Pete about the KTM 390 Duke that I’ve been lusting over. Pete didn’t have any update but said he should know something soonish. I know pricing won’t be set until about a month before it arrives in the US, but I was interested in when it might arrive as well as fitment. Pete did say that it’s the same frame as the 690 Duke, which I did have a chance to sit on at the IMS show in New York in January. And it felt pretty good, so there’s hope the 390 may wind up in my stable!

me on the KTM 690 Duke at the International Motorcycle Show in NYC, January 2013 ... apparently the 390 will be in the same frame, yippee for me!

me on the KTM 690 Duke at the International Motorcycle Show in NYC, January 2013 … apparently the 390 will be in the same frame, yippee for me!

A couple more pics from April 13 … the weather could have been a bit nicer.

2013 Honda Metropolitan ... kick-ass color scheme

2013 Honda Metropolitan … kick-ass color scheme

TT Open House, April 13, 2013

TT Open House, April 13, 2013

 

Obligatory New Year’s Day Post — Welcome 2013

Loving the windshield on the Elite

Loving the windshield on the Elite

First, the ride! Took out the 1986 Honda Elite 250 for a ride up and down the block. No gear and it was wikkid cold. Brrrrrrr just thinking about it. He’s ready for tomorrow’s commute!

Maneuvering the Honda Elite out of the garage on the ice...oh yeah, wintah in New England

Maneuvering the Honda Elite out of the garage on the ice…oh yeah, wintah in New England

Thanks to the boyfriend for getting the Elite properly registered. I’m all legal!

Squeezing the Honda Elite 250 between the tenants' cars

Squeezing the Honda Elite 250 between the tenants’ cars

Now, on to the mileage!

First up, drum roll please, the Buddy (my daily commuter).
1/1/12: 10,014.3
1/1/13: 13,104
Total miles for 2012: 3,089.7

13,104.0 on January 1, 2013

13,104.0 on January 1, 2013

Next up Centipede, the DR350SE

Mileage at purchase on September 8, 2012: 5,539.3
1/1/13: 7,185.9
Total miles for 2012: 1,646.6
Not bad for a bike that has been barely ridden. Just wait until he’s set up for touring!

Mileage on the DR350 on January 1, 2013: 7188.9

Mileage on the DR350 on January 1, 2013: 7188.9

The new-to-me 1986 Honda Elite 250 (CH250)…boy, I’m gonna love this thing. Just registered 12/20/12.

Mileage at purchase on November 5, 2012: 7,351.1
1/1/13: 7,367.0
Total miles for 2012: 15.9 miles
Scoot was not registered and not ridden except to get it home. Let the miles roll on!

Honda Elite 250 mileage at the start of 2013

Honda Elite 250 mileage at the start of 2013

Boyfriend’s 1971 BMW R75/5
1/1/12: 83,943
1/1/13: 85,262
Total miles for 2012: 1,319

The year in mileage on the R75/5

The year in mileage on the R75/5

Boyfriend’s Transalp, the tourer and commuter
1/1/12: 33,140.9
1/1/13: 38,575.0
Total miles for 2012: 5,616.1

1989 Honda Transalp mileage for the year: 5,616

1989 Honda Transalp mileage for the year: 5,616

And most sadly, I’m trying to figure mileage on my beloved Elsa, the Suzuki DR-Z 400 SM that was ruthlessly stolen overnight of  August 12-13, 2012. I’ve unfortunately not heard of any severe accidents on a half-dirt bike, half-Schiaparelli glamour machine so I still hold out hope she’s out there.

After the blown motor fiasco in West Virginia, the boyfriend and I went on a long weekend to Vermont (using Townshend State Park as main base) after he rebuilt the top end and put in a new piston. There were small rides here and there but this is the best I can do figuring out mileage.

I made a video on July 30, 2012 of how to set the clock on the DRZ (for Al) and that showed the mileage at 24,391.8. I wrote down the mileage from the Vermont trip, 469.1 miles. This was on the dirt wheels which distorts mileage, as did the trip to WV because I don’t recalibrate the speedo. Whatever, close enough.

1/1/12: 21,894.3
8/12/12: 24,860.9 (guess)
Total for the year 2012 before the theft: 2,966.6

My total mileage for the year: 7,718.8

Wow, that seems really low. It doesn’t include all those miles riding in a circle doing MSF training ;)

I gotta do more riding in 2013.

 

Rice-o-Rama 2012 … Jap bike heaven!

September 9, 2012

Rice-o-Rama! All the pics

Parking the XL600V (Honda Transalp) and DR350SE (aka Garda)

Parking the XL600V (Honda Transalp) and DR350SE (aka Garda)

For those not in the know, Rice-o-Rama is a big vintage Japanese bike show in New England, but really, I go for the swap meet and to meet up with friends. I’ve been going since the second year (where we won “Best Scooter”, oh yeeeah!), and this was the first year it was moved to a new location, the Singletary Rod & Gun Club in Oxford, MA.

Laverda parked right behind us ... ugh! Love the Laverdas

Laverda parked right behind us … ugh! Love the Laverdas

As for the new location, not a fan except for the nice ride to the place. It seemed to spread out, the little building that had proper bathrooms was hidden too far away, and there was no shelter from the sun. The original place in Brookfield has a really nice covered area where the bikes were displayed, and I really missed that today (as I didn’t bring sunblock, aaaargh, you should see my face!).

Hi-Viz SportBike Guy without a helmet! Who the hell are you?!

Hi-Viz SportBike Guy without a helmet! Who the hell are you?!

What can I say?

Well, the show didn’t have that many entries, I think because the weather wasn’t so nice this morning, although it got better as the day passed.

The swap meet? Pretty good. Loads and loads of carbs and fenders. Some nice, cheap bikes for sale. I just like to walk around and chat with everyone.

CS5 Yamaha in purple & white, a girl's wet dream

CS5 Yamaha in purple & white, a girl’s wet dream

Got to catch up with Dave and Dewyn (hi-viz sport guy) and a bunch of the guys from ADV. I was happy that everyone seems to think the DR350 is a good choice. I can say this…I love this freaking bike but boy, does it need some going through. The suspension is all messed up so I can’t wait to mess around with it.

KTM Duke 620 with Electric Start (beautiful LC4 engine)

KTM Duke 620 with Electric Start (beautiful LC4 engine)

I love RiceoRama. I fell in love with a CL125A. I’m talking myself out of it.

Rogue Suzuki hanging out with old Honda bikes

Rogue Suzuki hanging out with old Honda bikes

I will own a BSA one day

I will own a BSA one day

Bimota

Bimota, oh Bimota, oh Bimota

Norton Commando in the parking lot

Norton Commando in the parking lot

Two Stroke Hotness, CR 250R, too pristine for me, but oh my god!

Two Stroke Hotness, CR 250R, too pristine for me, but oh my god!

Retahd'd Honda Turbo, are you kidding me? I love this bike!

Retahd’d Honda Turbo, are you kidding me? I love this bike!
I'm not a fan of the cafe thing, but oh my, the turq & gold get me every time, every time

I’m not a fan of the cafe thing, but oh my, the turq & gold get me every time, every time

Suzuki GT250 hotness, love me a 'zuki wee bike!

Suzuki GT250 hotness, love me a ‘zuki wee bike!
Obligatory Mad Max Bike

Obligatory Mad Max Bike

The 90cc to 50cc class at 2012 Riceorama ... ahhh, I think I need me a wee Suzuki

The 90cc to 50cc class at 2012 Riceorama … ahhh, I think I need me a wee Suzuki

1967 Honda CL125A redone ... I want this bike

1967 Honda CL125A redone … I want this bike

The ride back to PVD, oh how we suffered on the crappy back roads, don't come to Rhode Island

The ride back to PVD, oh how we suffered on the crappy back roads, don’t come to Rhode Island

 

Random update ‘cos it’s been a while

We are for freedom! Free Free Syria -- seen in Olneyville Square, Providence

We are for freedom! Free Free Syria — seen in Olneyville Square, Providence

Tonight after work I rode out to pick up the gift I had made for my wonderful student worker, Molly. On my way out of Providence I ride through a couple of “rougher” neighborhoods. I was about to make a right at a 4-way stop when I see a group of guys leaning against a fence across the street and another guy on my side of the street. The guy closest to me, the one I’m going to have to ride through, is holding a huge brick. “Hmmm,” I think, “I wonder if this is some new game, ‘toss the brick’ or perhaps something more nefarious is going on?” Either way, I just wanted to get through the morass of bored, young men.

I rode on route 14 and then 116, a really nice road in central Rhode Island as there are very few stops. I passed a guy on some sort of small cc dual sport bike; I thought it might be the REI stalker guy from a couple of years ago but I don’t think it was as he, apparently, was getting the ADV RI/CT tag.

On a completely different note, last Saturday I took one of the student’s who works in another department but with whom I work with closely, for a ride on the boyfriend’s Honda Transalp as her graduation present. (I thought better of having her ride on the back of my DRZ400 as I can only imagine she’d think I wasn’t proud and excited for her accomplishment.)

smurph's graduation ride on the Transalp

smurph’s graduation ride on the Transalp

I picked her up on campus after her last final (in Italian!) ever as an undergraduate. As I’m waiting in the lot, a dad parks his SUV next to me, gets out and starts a conversation. When I told him I was picking up one of my student workers for a ‘congrats ride!’, he nodded his approval. So there was at least one random parent who didn’t think I was taking the life of a precious child and putting it in grave danger.

Oh, I didn’t mention that on my ride over to campus from my house, on the Transalp, a bike that does not belong to me and one which I have only ridden a few times, that I kept thinking, “You are taking someone’s precious daughter for a ride on a motorcycle. Don’t fuck up.” Not exactly the best frame of mind.

The smurph was right on time and I proceeded to don her in my gear, which was much too big, except for a brand new helmet that I got for just this type of event; a new loaner. It was hot and felt bad that she was hot, but I can’t have someone riding with me without a jacket and gloves.

Scituate Reservoir, Route 12 in Rhode Island

Scituate Reservoir, Route 12 in Rhode Island

We headed out toward the main reservoir for Providence, stopping at a food shack for lunch.  While we were chowing down on clam chowdah (me) and crab cake sandwich (smurph), one of the guys shows up to say ‘hello!’. He was riding one of those Harley things instead of his trusty KLR. Naturally he wasn’t wearing his D/S helmet but a wee little beanie. I think he should sell the bike for his own safety. I think smurph was happy he stopped by as it stopped my grilling of “whadd’ya gonna do now?”

In all, the smurph and I rode 83 miles together and it was great. Perfect weather, lots of other bikes so she got to experience the communication strangers on bikes have with each other, and great company. I even took her down a few dirt roads, on the pretense of showing off a pretty waterfall, but in reality, I just wanted to try riding on a dirt road with a pillion. It was great! The funniest part, at least for me because I don’t think smurph had any idea what was up, was coming up to a guy on a little D/S, like a KLX250, very cautiously turning it around on the dirt road. He had on an expensive D/S helmet and a very nice kit. When we stopped to look at the water, I said to her, “That’s gotta be one of the guys out on a learning run. He was wearing a very expensive helmet.” Her response? “How do you know?” I then had to bow my head in shame and admit to my gear whore-dom.

Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge, the only covered bridge in Rhode Island (Foster, RI on Central Avenue)

Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge, the only covered bridge in Rhode Island (Foster, RI on Central Avenue)

In other random commuting nonsense, last Thursday was a raining, grey morning. I was sitting at the light at Tobin and Atwells when a woman in a car pulls up into the Atwells intersection, looking like she wanted to turn onto Tobin. The problem is, Tobin is one-way and her turn would put her against traffic. I tried to get her attention, as I was front of the red-light line, but to no avail. She turned directly toward me, as my light went green, and zzzzzzzip, I went around her into the intersection and across Atwells. I left the chaos behind me as the entire intersection came to a standstill. Mor-ANs, Mor-ANs, Mor-ANs. I’m tired of ’em.

2011 ADV Big Bike Drop-o-Rama in Review

I grabbed some of the pics from a thread on advrider.com where a bunch of us post about our rides in eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island. So mom, now you see what I’m up to on the weekends.

The Year in Mileage

2008 Genuine Buddy St. Tropez (150 cc) – my commuter scooter

1/1/11: 7,636.5
1/1/12: 10,014.3
Total miles for 2011: 2,377.8

Buddy 150 scooter

Buddy 150 scooter

2007 Suzuki DR-Z400SM (400 cc) – my ADV bike

1/1/11: 13,883.5
1/1/12: 21,894.3
Total miles for 2011: 8,010.8 (plus another 750 to 1,000 miles for when I ride on the S wheels and don’t recalibrate the speedo)

DRZ400SM

DRZ400SM

1971 BMW R75/5 – the boyfriend’s commuter

1/1/12: 83,943
I didn’t note the mileage last January.

BMW R75/5

BMW R75/5

1989 Honda Transalp – the boyfriend’s ADV bike

1/1/12: 33,140.9
I didn’t note the mileage last January.

Honda Transalp

Honda Transalp

My total mileage for the year is 10,388.6. Not bad for a 4 mile commute. The two weeks touring through Quebec, New Brunswick and New England helped.