This is gonna be a quick post on some of the Winter Gear I currently have for my motorcycle. One thing I benefited from is having time and some extra X-Mas money to get some extra stuff for the cold weather. Do I have everything? By no means, no. I would love to have a full heated setup including heated grips. Won’t happen this season, however. I do have enough, however, to make it possible to ride in weather in the 20’s (Fahrenheit).
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So, with Saturday being very bright and clear out, I wanted to check out how the GoPro worked out on the windscreen. Works ok, but there is some vibration. Gonna look at getting a lower profile camera and mounting it on the helmet, or getting a chest mount. It was frackin’ cold out, something like 22 degrees. I was about an hour before I called it a day. It was COLD!
So, I have been thinking about some of the trips I want to make this summer on my motorcycle (still need a name for it yet) I have been doing some reading and searching for the kind of gear required and think that maybe this year I take more or less “lets just try this” outlook and find cheap places to stay, whether it be in a campground that has cabins or motel on the road. Of course, that would be for solo treks. Some friends have a motor home and will be going places a lot during the warmer months. They have said I could throw my tent-cot (the cot has a tent built in, quite nice for one person) in the motor home and I could help with the camping fees when we stop. This would be great as well. I am really looking forward to that.
So, I had a nice ride on my new motorcycle (needs a name) on Friday afternoon, even though it was somewhat short and the roads were a bit damp. Saturday, with temperatures in the lower 60s, I was hoping to get some decent seat time. Alas, it rained all day, so no riding. Sunday, I got up got dressed and got on the bike. It was 48 degrees when I left the house at 10:00 am. Brisk, but not cold (to me.)
In my previous post, I revealed that I purchased a new motorcycle. My first motorcycle. Honda NC700XD, 2014. I went over all the details of the buy and whatnot in the previous post, so I wont bore you with those anymore. I will say, it was a very long 2 day wait to get my hands on the bike. I signed all the paperwork Wednesday afternoon, and picked up the bike on Friday, thanks to the very generous assist by a friend of mine. He not only drove to get the bike with me, he brought along the U-Haul he and his wife had rented along with his ramp and ties. It was a very smooth trip and took a huge weight off my back. I was not looking forward to trying to get the bike home crossing any of the 3 bridges back into Louisville.
I finally got both the courage and money to get a motorcycle. I have been bouncing this around forever but never pulled the trigger. Those who know me know that I do not get big-ticket items often or on a whim. I have been researching getting a bike for a couple years, but only seriously in the last couple months. On one hand, I was looking at a vintage motorcycle that could be bought outright with no payments. And this is something I almost did. However, while I may not have been making payments on the bike, I would have in maintenance. And that was something I just didn’t know about. I am no mechanic. So, I opted for getting a new bike, as well as one that was going to be an easy commuter.
Enter the 2014 Honda NC700X DCT – A motorcycle with a manual or automatic transmission.