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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