Saturday, November 13, 2010

And another riding season comes to an end...

November 13th, 2010 and another riding season has come to an end, at least for me it has. Today was an uncharacteristic weather day, especially for the month of November. The temperature reached a high of 14C/57F, the sun was shining and many motorcyclists were getting that last ride in, yours' truly included. I went for a short ride around the city and then a nice ride along the Nashwaak River. Although short, I really appreciated this ride as I knew it would be the last of the season.

Looking back, it has been a great riding season. We had an early start to the season and the weather was the best that it has been in years. The 2010 season saw the sale of the Ninja 250 that I rebuilt for my son and the addition of a 2009 Buell 1125R to my collection!

The season also included an excellent 5 day road trip through the Acadian Coast of New Brunswick, the Gaspé Region of Quebec and on to Quebec City. There were also many day trips and short rides around the local area. And of course, I would be amiss if I did not mention how much fun the 1125R is...I really enjoyed riding around on it this summer. I actually put more miles on the 1125R than on the VStar 1100 Classic!

The VStar and the Ninja 500 were put away for the long winters' nap several weeks back and today the 1125R joined them.

The bikes will be fine over the winter months as the garage has an oil furnace and the temperature is controlled. Over the winter, I have to do a bit of work to do on the Ninja and the VStar, but nothing major. I also have to winterize the 1125R and do a some work to my 4-wheeler (1986 Honda TRX350).

So, with a slight tear in my eye, I put the covers on the bikes knowing that they will be there for me to work on over the winter months and will be calling out to me in the spring.

I have lots of work to do over the winter and despite my complaining at times, I actually enjoy the winter season. I will also spend the winter season living vicariously through my Twitter friends who get to ride year know who you are!

Until my next time, ride safe!