Cool October Ride, Temps that is

Had a couple of hours late this Sunday afternoon to myself and couldn't resist going for a short 60 mile ride. Nothing too spectacular, just my regular ride out to Elburn IL, up to Silver Glen Road and back. Saw a few other motorcyclists out but not as many during warmer periods. We wave as we pass each other, knowing we're a very special group experiencing something the cagers don't even have clue about. Riding out in the open, fresh air, (really fresh at 56 degrees) just out riding our motorcycles, for no particular reason except to go for a ride. Haven't put the windshield back on, that was a mistake. Cold? Nah, this is refreshing, pretty soon I'll be wishing for riding in 56 degrees. Sure I got another hoodie I could add for maybe some extra warmth, but I'll just keep going. Damn, glad I'm not really far from home, kind of feeling the chill. Another thing I was noticing, the state of the farms. Either mowed flat and cleared, or the big machines out starting the process. Colors, yellow, crimson, brown and tan. Damn I'm feeling cold, but glad I got out. Don't know how many more of these I'll get in for the rest of the year.

If you're ever out in Elburn, strongly suggest you stop at the Ream's Elburn Market, an old-fashioned family-owned business that specializes in knowledgable, friendly service and high quality fresh meat, smoked meats, and other unique food items. Best strip steaks I've ever bought, and they're award winning sausage makers.

Tom, Carol Stream, Illinois

Bike pics

Photo of my bike

Sunday ride

We had a great ride today. Started mid-morning, still a bit chilly but nice enough. We went up hwy 10 to Cle Elum and went to the fish hatchery looking for spawning salmon. None in so off to Lake Cle Elum dam. That was a bust so we tried the Cooper River bridge where we saw lots of salmon doing their thing. There were plenty of dead salmon in the river too so the cycle is being completed. I wish all the local schools would take the time to have some field trips so the kids could see some of the neat things here in the NW. There is a lot of fall color around the Salmon La Sac area. Mostly vine Maple but very bright yellows and reds. Not many days left this fall. There was a lot of snow on the nearby peaks.

Just beat the rain

Had a pretty good ride for about an hour or so. We tried to go between rains and just beat a whopper back to the barn. We were out looking for a bit of fall color. The Yakima canyon is beginning to turn and a few Oaks here and there. Saw lots of deer and some turkeys. Hope the nice days return for a few more weekends.

Battery Life

What's the expected life of a factory battery? I used to believe it was 1 year. However, I have an 07 1300T equipped with the original battery that went into service January of 08. It has approximately 6000 miles. It fires up with out hesitation. Am I riding on borrowed time? Thanks for your feedback.

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