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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!!!


Blogger David P said...

Add a heated seat to those heated grips and both ends will be happy....

November 11, 2010 12:12 AM  
Blogger bob said...

Ditto on the heated seat. Had one in a rental car a couple winters back. Wow! A very happy thing!

Happy riding, dude!

November 11, 2010 8:56 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...

I have ridden a bike through most of a Michigan winter, myself (through necessity) and I can tell you that the motorcycle does not mix well with road ice. Be careful out there!

November 11, 2010 9:33 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

Very cool (warm?) indeed! The heated seat sounds like a fine idea, surprised you haven't gone there yet!

November 11, 2010 9:50 AM  
Blogger Pat's Rick© said...

Very nice. My son-in-love is a Harley rider and those things will come in handy here in the winter also.

November 11, 2010 10:35 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

I like the idea of those heated grips. And, if they make a heated seat...go for it. I'm sure warm camo-buns are better than frozen ones. ;-) I have one of those portable air compressors, btw. They come in very handy.

November 11, 2010 7:34 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

I just used my portable air compressor 2 days ago. I could actually hear the difference between properly and improperly inflated tires. You know, if everyone kept their tires inflated properly, then we wouldn't have to import any foreign oil. I learned that from Obama.

(:D) Best regards....

November 11, 2010 8:23 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

David P:
I wonder how many devices the electrical system on my Harley will support at the same time.

Yes, Happy riding is what it's all about.

So, you know what it's like, for certain.

I have a heated jacket liner in addition to the hand grips.

Pat's Rick©:
I like to be helpful; that's part of my motivation for blogging.

The heated grips are great.

A miniature air compressor could come in very handy too.

Do tell... ;-)

November 12, 2010 3:33 AM  
Blogger mmezalick said...

Sure could use that stuff today !!!!!

December 06, 2010 6:41 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Just wait 'til Winter really gets here... :-(

Global Climate Disruption... [/sarcasm]

December 07, 2010 6:57 AM  

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