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Uncommonly Sensible

Keeping the "anal" in analytical... (While trying to remain civilized)

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Well, it certainly has gotten to be just that: cool.

This is the time of year when a lot of motorcycles stay at home. As for me, I ride all year long, provided that temperatures are not going to be freezing or below. I've known too many fellow riders who discovered an errant stretch of icy road the hard way, but there are generally some days throughout the colder seasons hereabouts that get to be above freezing.

At any rate, for those who don't ride their motorcycles every month or so, keeping the battery charged is a good idea:

"The Battery Tender Plus is a 1.25 amp battery charger designed to fully charge a battery and maintain it at proper storage voltage without the damaging effects caused by trickle chargers. Included is a quick connect harness for hard to reach areas."

Another area of concern is tire inflation. I carry a portable compressor in the "Camobile" (my conversion van) that simply plugs into the cigarette lighter socket/utility receptacle...and I saw something similar (but smaller) that would be suitable for carrying on my Harley:

"The Mini-Air Compressor measures only 4”x 2” x 6” making it possible to be carried on virtually any motorcycle, scooter or ATV."
(I'm definitely thinking about acquiring one)

Last, but absolutely not least, my favorite for cooler weather:

Harley heated hand grips "These thermostatically controlled grips have variable heat settings and automatic temperature monitoring to adjust to changing ambient temperatures."

I already have a set of those; they were good on this morning's ride.

Another aspect of cool on a motorcycle is trying to stay that way when it's hot out. Towards that end I installed on my Harley (a couple of Summers ago) a variation on those old classic "wing" windows that were prevalent in vehicles when air conditioning was not:

Seen above in the open position, they direct a surprising amount of breeze at the rider, namely Mr. Jack.

And of course when that's not desirable, they close:

OK kids, that's it for this installment. Ride safe!!!

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