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the "COUNTDOWN"....

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till spring riding, for us Northerners at least. I dunno, following this offers a timeline and I think stirs some excitement.....and personally, it kind of breaks the winter into sections...for me at least. Obviously, I'm itching with anticipation to ride! We'll (I'll) check these off as they pass. Whythehecknot. Comments and thoughts are always welcome. C'mon spring, dammit!

-Dec 21 Winter solstice....check
-Dec 25 Christmas....check
-Jan 1 New years ....check
-January 21 Martin Luther King birthday....check
-Jan 26-27 Rolex 24 at Daytona (opens the US racing season) ....check
-February 2 Ground Hog Day....check
-February 12 Lincoln birthday....check
-February 17 Daytona 500......check
-February 18 Washington birthday/Presidents Day.....check
-March 16 Daytona 200....check

Warmth just about to pop up here! Finally!
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Winter 2019



Vernal equinox in 10, 9, 8,********
Turned out to be the second coldest February on record in my area. Glad its officially over and the big melt is on. I should be riding in about 2 weeks.
^ how dare you......:wink2:
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It isn't like it gets frigid here (at least where I live) so Winter doesn't mean no riding at all. One could ride in the rain, I just chose to not do so.

Whether bicycle or moto. I refuse to pedal myself into a case of Pneumonia or muck up my motorcycles with road grime. I have an old Honda car for that mess.

My countdown ended with the first WSBK race of the year at Phillip Island, Australia. It will start over again after the last race of this season in November.

My mini-countdown is on now for the WSBK round at Laguna Seca. 120-ish days to go on that one.

My other mini countdown is for the WCDM. 90-ish days until the West Coast Ducati meet up in June.

There is a great deal of racing to go before then, and lots of riding/pedaling too. Plus I have a Ducati project to complete in 90 days or less. I won't get bored that's for sure.......sean
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Today was beautiful spring weather so that inspired me to pump up the tires on the MTB and go for a long ride. Time to start working off all those winter cookies and cakes.

There is still too much road grime, salty puddles, and occasional icy patches to venture out on a motorcycle but at least I can get out and pedal the bike on the Trans Canada Trail (paved) which runs through the center of town and far out into the surrounding countryside. No salt and no dodging of cars. The off road trails in the trees will have to wait; they are still a sheet of ice.
A few areas around me have pothole clusters, some really deep. Scary stuff indeed.
Guess 2019 season has officially started for me here in NYC. I put the bike away around Thanksgiving without officially "winterizing"--no oil change (less than 1,000 miles last year), but I cleaned and lubed the chain, topped off that gas and added Sta-bil, and filled up the tires. I pulled the battery out on Saturday and added some distilled water to level everything out and put it on the tender to charge.

While working from home at my dad's yesterday, the got the battery back in and got the bike fired up. It took just a few turns, but it eventually started and warmed it up OK. The tires were just 1 psi off so I didn't bother, but I got more lube on the chain and rode it around--it's like riding a bike! Ended up riding it back to my apartment later in the evening.

Hoping to meet up @ducatiman for a few rides this year! Let's make it happen!
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ready to go, GG.
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