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Old 03-07-2015, 08:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looks like this winters cold spell ends today. Last year I rode the bike (GZ250) close to 500 miles from December to March. This winter it was 171 miles. A few years ago I rode a CBR250R 850 miles in January alone.

Tank to tank mileage in Sinatra should be climbing up also. A couple of weeks ago the wife says, why don't we buy a house in Florida?

Closing in on 65, a warmer climate sounds good. I lived in the Florida Keys a couple of years in the early 1980s, I'd probably get tired of the heat fairly soon.

LOL, maybe Myrtle Beach.

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Old 03-07-2015, 09:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Closing in on 65, a warmer climate sounds good. I lived in the Florida Keys a couple of years in the early 1980s, I'd probably get tired of the heat fairly soon.

LOL, maybe Myrtle Beach.

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Not too far behind you. I don't know when you were last here, but So Fla is not anything like the 70's and 80's, not even the Keys. IMO building and the associated traffic has blighted a once beautiful area.

Wouldn't recommend riding here.
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Right there with you Mech, mid 50s expected this week will be a welcomed change.
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Old 03-07-2015, 01:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Finally, nice weather here in B'ham too. Fla does sound nice from Nov to Mar, but too hot after then. Time to buy is right after a hurricane.
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I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Keys and had my best scuba diving experience exploring the Vandenberg wreck, but you couldn't pay me enough money to live in a humid flat environment. Just as vivid in my memory is sweating my face off in blue jeans and a tee shirt in October, at midnight, in Orlando.

As much as I want to dislike Hawaii, Kauai weather seemed tolerable despite the high humidity and frequent rain, not to mention was among the most beautiful places I have seen. I'd move there if you want to pay nothing for heating and air conditioning.

I'm amazed by the low cost of living in Oklahoma. I have property in Enid that rents for $400/month including garbage and water service. Once I had a steak dinner at a restaurant and the bill was $8. It would have been twice that here in PDX where 80% of everything is local, organic, sustainable, $$$.

I miss winters. We didn't get one this year and I'm afraid my snow driving skills will deteriorate from non-use. The only other place I could see living is Colorado or Montana. Give me 4 seasons so that I don't take any of them for granted.
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I was out on my CB550 today in Montana at 56 degrees. Took the liner out of the jacket, had it up to 60 mph, it was really nice. The problem here is the roads are full of gravel and sand from winter in many places, actually still some icy spots in the shady canyons. Still just test and tune on the back road by my house because I don't have plates. The new title came today so that should be solved on Friday. Also drove my Son-in-laws Honda VF770S Sabre, that thing definitely has more poop even though it weighs more and only has 150 more CCs.
Going to check and adjust the valves if needed tomorrow. I have never done that, but then again I have never done any many projects I have been plugging away at over the last month on both of these Hondas. I think I'm hooked, I'm checking craigslist every day for another one now LOL!
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I've missed a lot of opportunities to ride Lafawnda (my Honda) this mild winter. I promised myself that I wouldn't take her out until I adjusted the valves and put new tires on. The valve adjustment requires cam removal, and I've never gone that deep into an engine before. I'm just procrastinating from the inevitable PITA it's going to be. I once spent 3 hours replacing the cam chain tensioner, which is only held on by 2 visible bolts. I think the tool I made involved masking tape, magnets, swivels, extensions, and the socket and wrench.

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X1000. I can't imagine having similar temps all the time. I think it makes you soft, last week 38 degrees felt warm, if I lived somewhere where the temp never goes below 70, I'd have thought 38 was the end of the world lol.
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I've missed a lot of opportunities to ride Lafawnda (my Honda) this mild winter. I promised myself that I wouldn't take her out until I adjusted the valves and put new tires on. The valve adjustment requires cam removal, and I've never gone that deep into an engine before. I'm just procrastinating from the inevitable PITA it's going to be. I once spent 3 hours replacing the cam chain tensioner, which is only held on by 2 visible bolts. I think the tool I made involved masking tape, magnets, swivels, extensions, and the socket and wrench.

Good luck with those valves!
On the SOHC inline 4 it's crazy easy, actually everything seems crazy easy on this thing. On top of that everything seems bulletproof and not prone to needed adjustments. But I did put it off and worked on my camper instead. I did get the sidecovers from the painter back today, so I had to see what those would look like.
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13 miles on the bike yesterday, 36 cents gas. Got ot be very careful with the sand on the road, if I don't I might be moving along with NO WHEELS under me .

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