First Commute and an Accident

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Ok, so to first lay all worries, I was not in an accident.

Today looked great for a commute.  Sure, it was cold this morning (24 deg f) but this afternoon was clear skies, mid 40’s and near perfect.  I got downtown without issue, got parked and got into work quite early.  So, coffee to warm up before sitting at the desk.  Whole thing about this morning, leaving when it was dark and cold was I finally knew it wasn’t gonna be an issue.  Went from my house up via surface streets to River road and straight into downtown.  Probably could leave earlier, but for the first time, I wanted a little more time and a little less traffic to deal with.  I got both.

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Winter Gear (Updated)

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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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Weekend riding and making movies

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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!

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Camping and Motocamping

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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.

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Started nice, got very cold!

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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.)

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NC700XD is Home!

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IMG_2792In 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.

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New Motorcycle!

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2014 Honda NC700X DCT

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.

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