2016 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

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Last week I headed north after work (at 3PM) to the Mid-Ohio raceway in Lexington, OH for the 2016 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.  This marks my 2nd trip to this event, and one that will stay on my yearly calendar for a long time to come.  I was supposed to go up Thurday night, however things came up that were not expected.

The whole week, and all Friday, I was watching the weather, and keeping my fingers crossed for the rain to skip over and miss me for the ride up.  Early in the afternoon, there was a downpour, however once I left, I only encountered some sprinkles just outside of Jefferson county.  From there on, it was dry roads, and overcast skies (which is ok for me.)

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Good and Poor Planning

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Last Tuesday, took Raven in for a fix and some service.  Needed to get the correct instrument cluster put on from the recall last year.  Also needed the work for the 12k and 16k services performed.  Basically, brake fluid flush, air cleaner replaced, oil changed and valves checked.  With the recall, most of the labor wasn’t counted and was covered by Honda, so I was able to save a ton.  Since I wasn’t expecting to ride for a while, with the renfair starting up and I was going to be spending Memorial day working on the booth, I told them I wasn’t in a hurry.  And I was still able to pick her up on Friday afternoon.

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Slew of work done

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Lots has happened in the last few weeks, but very little of it had to do with motorcycling.  Yesterday, however, I took Raven in to the dealer to have a few things done, as my riding time coming up was going to be few and far between.  First, I needed the instrument cluster replaced as they put the wrong one on when the recall was performed last June.  There was also a couple other things to have checked for recall status as well.  But the biggest, was getting the 12,000 mile and the 16,000 mile services done.  The 12K service included getting the air filter changed, and that required all the plastics to come off (no thanks, not for me) and since they had to do the same to get the cluster replaced, it was perfect.  Saved on labor, having it done with the recall instead.  The 16K service was mostly an oil change, but also a full brake system check, which is pretty important.  I was expecting it to take at least a week, but I got a call this morning saying she was done.  So Friday, being a 1/2 day, I will be picking her up early.  All in all, excellent news all around.

Derby Escape Ride 2016

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20160507_174927433_iOSThis was the 2nd annual trip from Louisville, KY to Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge state parks in eastern KY.  I started it as a way to get out of Louisville during the Kentucky Derby and miss all the crowds and issues that come with an extra few hundred thousand people partying all over the city.

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Riding Through “Mud”

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So, I went to ride today.  Temps were going to be nice both into and out of work.  Got suited up, hopped on the bike and started down the road.  I wasn’t even out of the neighborhood yet when the whole front end felt like I was riding through mud.  Looked down at the front tire and it looked low on air, but not completely flat.  I went home, parked her back in the garage and went on into work on the mass transit.  not as much fun, but safer than a motorcycle with a flat front tire.

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