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Season winding down 09 Nov 2019 07:49 #813745

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We had our first snow fall a couple weeks ago 5", but it melted and warmed up enough to get out last Sunday, today it may hit 45 F definitely doable, we'll see.
The Mrs has had enough and her bike needs a lot of Winter maintenance starting with new fork seals so I will get started on it first and leave mine in the cold garage for a while.
The KZ needs a bunch of work too , swapping out the old tranny that is finally starting to slip out of 2nd gear for a nice low mile one that I have had soaking in oil for around 6 years B) new 530 chain and sprockets, fresh back tire and a bunch of small stuff I can't think of right now.
Until then I'm hoping to get a few more rides in.
The fall colors were shaping up nicely until the snow hit then it tanked.

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Season winding down 09 Nov 2019 08:58 #813747

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My insurance runs til Nov 14 but I haven't ridden since late Oct. Too cold for me to enjoy. Lately I've been cleaning and checking my KLR but will be done in another week or so. Then comes a serious internal exam for my red Z1B to find the source of an annoying engine whine. The blue one is in good shape but it has several small oil leaks to clean up, and the brake master cylinder is sticky. My KZ1000 hasn't moved this year so it needs nothing, although I plan to replace the carb internals this winter if I get time.

Edited to add that Mrs hardrock bought a new DR650 this summer so her 1981 KZ550 didn't get a lot of miles and will probably be up for sale next spring. She likes it but she likes the DR much better.

Here is a photo of the herd, minus the KZ1000.

I have a couple of Z1B's restored, an '80 KZ1000LTD restored, a 1981 KZ550 restored and a 2008 KLR 650 for off road fun. My wife has a 2019 Suzuki DR 650 for on and off road.
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Season winding down 09 Nov 2019 14:46 #813751

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This is the first weekend in NW PA where temps are in the low 30's and below. No snow yet, which is surprising.

I'll ride when I can this winter. I upgraded some gear to make things more comfortable. But it will only be with dry roads and temps above freezing for the previous 24 hours.

There are many places on the side roads around here which ooze water and leave a nice thin layer of ice.

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Season winding down 09 Nov 2019 15:27 #813754

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I picked up some cooler-weather (not winter) gear last year: a pair of heavy gloves and an allegedly windproof scarf/balaclava thing to fill the gap between helmet and jacket.

With luck I'll get out tomorrow to give them a try - the Fizzer needs some fresh gas and fuel stabilizer.
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Season winding down 09 Nov 2019 16:35 #813758

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Yeah, it pretty much snowed all Halloween for us. Time to take in the garden hoses if they ever thaw out. :)

Great photos as always Jack!
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Season winding down 09 Nov 2019 17:55 #813760

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I'm nowhere near ready getting my KZ 1000 in riding condition yet.

Went for a short ride to Nockamixon State Park two weeks ago on my ZX-14. Very nice park and lake, it ranks among one of my favorite lakes to visit. The weather was too cold for my liking. Autumn peak colors were in full swing, various shades of red, yellow and orange.





Last week went to the park, again. Despite the cold weather I decided to visit the lake one more time. I am glad I put on my Revzilla balaclava and freeze-out warm long sleeve shirt. It was a chilly ride. Most trees have shed off their leaves ready for winter.



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Season winding down 10 Nov 2019 06:22 #813771

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Great looking bikes hardrock, I wish I could get the Mrs on a dual sport, we are leaving a lot of great roads on the table because of dirt and gravel :( but she is only 5-2" and is use to forward controls, we need to get her a lowered Ninja first :evil:
I know what you mean about frozen hoses Lou, that's on today list before more snow hits tonight.
Those are real nice shots Kolfa! keep up the great work.
Yeah ice is a problem here too, it has started early this year.

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Season winding down 10 Nov 2019 19:21 #813830

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Wonder of wonders, I managed to get out for a quick ride today. B)

Added fuel stabilizer, filled the tank, and went for a quick blast (some town, some highway). Brought her home and parked her in the heated basement. She hasn't complained about it the past few years, so she should be fine. :)

Snow this week, though. Ugh.
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Season winding down 10 Nov 2019 20:18 #813835

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There are not many bikes suitable for 5 ft 2 in ladies, particularly dual sport. Mrs Hardrock has lowered her DR and is shaving the seat to get even lower and she is 5 ft 7 in. I have trouble getting my leg over the KLR because the seat is so much higher than a Z1 and I have serious arthritis in the hip joint.

Beautiful old building bluejay. Reminds me of a school I attended in Gr 7.
I have a couple of Z1B's restored, an '80 KZ1000LTD restored, a 1981 KZ550 restored and a 2008 KLR 650 for off road fun. My wife has a 2019 Suzuki DR 650 for on and off road.
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Season winding down 12 Nov 2019 04:21 #813888

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It's been between 65 and 16 deg.F at home the past week. Weather site sez 17 deg. this AM. We bailed out last week & trailered two bikes to a VJMC event at Crystal River, FL. 55 ~ 80 deg. & some great Ridin' on obscure backroads led by locals. On to Lakeland for a few days to visit friends & a little more Ridin', then head for home. We have "The Wounded Z" resto project waiting for us to keep us entertained this winter. Miss our dogs something fierce...

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Season winding down 14 Nov 2019 03:39 #813981

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Just adding in on the charm of changing weather. Since the move I Miss my heated garage!! The new place had a rank amature carpentry job on rafters/support beam. Got that sorted now waiting on the electrician to bring wiring up to code then insulate and drywall. Pleasure chatting with the persons that responded to "parts for sale" but still haven't had to time/space to sort thru the boxes of stuff yet. I cannot spread out items on the garage floor yet because i'll just have to pick them up again so they aren't in the way of progress. I needed a heater for the garage, paid the carpenter for an unseen heater and he brought this mammoth of a heater over. 125K BTU is a bit of overkill for a 550sq ft area. All my projects are in the heated mudroom, next to the Beer fridge. Note the 73 Norton Commando in the background Nerdy, used to be Yellow also.
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Season winding down 14 Nov 2019 08:00 #813989

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With that heater, you could heat the patio or deck as well!
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Season winding down 15 Nov 2019 06:25 #814015

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Yes! Or i'll save it for a come Spring renovation of the detached 4 car garage/outbuilding, and slap an A-coil on it.
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Season winding down 15 Nov 2019 06:30 #814017

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Or just build a semi subterranean garage out back, plenty of room to expand!! Or maybe a short testing drag-strip?

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Season winding down 15 Nov 2019 06:41 #814020

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At the rate you are expanding, you may need several units! Looks like you will have a really nice setup when it is all done.
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Season winding down 15 Nov 2019 07:23 #814022

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It's just a sin what a respectable hobby can do to a fella?

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Season winding down 15 Nov 2019 13:08 #814037

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I think the word hobby is shorthand for money and time sucking black hole :laugh:
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Season winding down 15 Nov 2019 14:02 #814040

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Season winding down 16 Nov 2019 03:25 #814055

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How True. That's why I now spend other peoples monies so they can live their dream. The oldest lesson of DIY restoration, you rarely ever get your money back. Here's a 74 Z I had over 24K invested in, photo taken back in 1999. I did it over a period of 15yrs prior to 99. I never tallied-up the receipts while it was ongoing but one day I did, WOW.
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Season winding down 08 Dec 2019 17:02 #815093

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Got my "honey do" projects done for the week and decided 46F was warm enough to go for a ride, the farmers have been busting their humps to get the crops in,
I'd say they are about 99% done, I hope they did well.
The weather is supposed to tank Tuesday so this may be it for the year but I'm not pushing her into the shop just yet

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