Discussion:
OT -- Should I Get the Bike Out?
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"Worst Case"@dizum.com
2020-03-31 04:19:53 UTC
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W.C. asks: Should I get the bike out?

There's nowhere to go. Every destination is shut down because of the
Kung Flu. This limits me to short trips so that I can be home for
lunch, which is important to me.

I'm bored enough to post here. I may have to send off for a State
Park sticker and just ride to one, hike about for a bit, turn around,
and head back.

I've tried cooking a meal in aluminum foil on the engine block, but
that's pretty messy and requires a commitment to a rather long ride.
Besides, there isn't really room for much nutrition on my old Jap
standard.
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DJ Delorie
2020-03-31 05:09:50 UTC
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If your bike hasn't been winterized (i.e. you live in the Land of
Eternal Summer) and it's otherwise going to sit for a month or more,
starting it up and running it for a bit might be a good thing for the
engine et al (I've been doing this to mine thoughout the winter). Pick
a road you've never ridden on and find it, now that you have an excuse :-)

Sometimes the journey *is* the destination.
Scott
2020-03-31 16:01:08 UTC
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Post by DJ Delorie
If your bike hasn't been winterized (i.e. you live in the Land of
Eternal Summer) and it's otherwise going to sit for a month or more,
starting it up and running it for a bit might be a good thing for the
engine et al (I've been doing this to mine thoughout the winter). Pick
With the caveat that getting an engine somewhat warm, but not
completely to operating temp, is arguably worse than letting it sit.
If you can't take it out for a 15 or 20 mile hop you probably aren't
doing yourself any favors. Condensation kills.

Another argument for electrification, I think.
"Worst Case"@dizum.com
2020-03-31 18:37:14 UTC
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Post by Scott
Starting it up and running it for a bit might be a good thing for
the engine.
Another argument for electrification, I think.
Yes, but only clean nuclear power.
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Scott
2020-04-01 15:49:33 UTC
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Post by "Worst Case"@dizum.com
Post by Scott
Starting it up and running it for a bit might be a good thing for
the engine.
Another argument for electrification, I think.
Yes, but only clean nuclear power.
Oh, there's a whole discussion right there. Electric vehicles in my
area are mostly powered by coal. I want to meet every greenie
tree-hugger who opposes nuclear power and give him a swift kick in the
jimmies for being so stupid.
"Worst Case"@dizum.com
2020-03-31 19:02:41 UTC
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You live in the Land of Eternal Summer.
Nope. The carbs are dry, and the battery is in the basement. Getting
out on the road will be an afternoon job. Oh, for non-essential
employment.
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sleazy
2020-03-31 13:21:12 UTC
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Post by "Worst Case"@dizum.com
W.C. asks: Should I get the bike out?
There's nowhere to go. Every destination is shut down because of the
Kung Flu. This limits me to short trips so that I can be home for
lunch, which is important to me.
I'm bored enough to post here. I may have to send off for a State
Park sticker and just ride to one, hike about for a bit, turn around,
and head back.
I've tried cooking a meal in aluminum foil on the engine block, but
that's pretty messy and requires a commitment to a rather long ride.
Besides, there isn't really room for much nutrition on my old Jap
standard.
All our state parks are locked down. You might want to hit your state’s
park website and check first. I was planning a rather long ad-van-ture
with my camper and this crud killed it too.
"Worst Case"@dizum.com
2020-03-31 20:23:50 UTC
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Post by sleazy
I may have to send off for a State Park sticker and just ride to
one, hike about for a bit, turn around, and head back.
All our state parks are locked down. You might want to hit your
state's park website and check first.
State parks and trails remain open here. Fees are voluntary. Offices
and vistors' centers are closed. Restrooms are open. No campsite
reservations until June.

"'A quiet walk does wonders to reduce our anxieties,' DNR Secretary
Preston D. Cole said in a statement."

"In order to follow state-mandated mass-gathering restrictions, parks,
law enforcement and property staff will be ensuring groups larger than
10 do not congregate."

Don't know about overnight use or access to out-of-state vehicles. I
understand eastern states are profiling travelers from NY.
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sleazy
2020-04-01 00:30:14 UTC
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Post by "Worst Case"@dizum.com
Post by sleazy
I may have to send off for a State Park sticker and just ride to
one, hike about for a bit, turn around, and head back.
All our state parks are locked down. You might want to hit your
state's park website and check first.
State parks and trails remain open here. Fees are voluntary. Offices
and vistors' centers are closed. Restrooms are open. No campsite
reservations until June.
"'A quiet walk does wonders to reduce our anxieties,' DNR Secretary
Preston D. Cole said in a statement."
"In order to follow state-mandated mass-gathering restrictions, parks,
law enforcement and property staff will be ensuring groups larger than
10 do not congregate."
Don't know about overnight use or access to out-of-state vehicles. I
understand eastern states are profiling travelers from NY.
Good to know ‘sconny is still freer than Michigan. All military cgs are
closed too. I’m screwed. lol
Futility Man
2020-04-01 12:38:41 UTC
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The Dragon's Tail on the TN-NC border is still open but space to lay your head
is scarce. All lodging in NC is closed by state order. Hotels and motels in TN
are still open but that could change on a whim. The TN side of the Cherohala
Skyway is open but only to the state line. Then you meet the knuckle-dragging
Graham County sheriff's department who will turn you back if you don't live in
that county. Those residents are still free to spread their germs anywhere they
please, but we can't go there. When this is over, we will not forget that.

I closed my campground yesterday, not because of any directive but because there
is zero traffic. We will be closed until the insanity is over, however long
that takes.
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sleazy rider
2020-04-01 16:15:30 UTC
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Post by Futility Man
The Dragon's Tail on the TN-NC border is still open but space to lay your head
is scarce. All lodging in NC is closed by state order. Hotels and motels in TN
are still open but that could change on a whim. The TN side of the Cherohala
Skyway is open but only to the state line. Then you meet the knuckle-dragging
Graham County sheriff's department who will turn you back if you don't live in
that county. Those residents are still free to spread their germs anywhere they
please, but we can't go there. When this is over, we will not forget that.
I closed my campground yesterday, not because of any directive but because there
is zero traffic. We will be closed until the insanity is over, however long
that takes.
I may be headed for Houston to assist my youngest within. the week.
He's a recently promoted casino supervisor and obviously, they're
closed down for the duration, however long that is. Unfortunately,
he's only been there for five months and Texas requires six months for
UI. He moved from Boston and is trying to get UI from them right now.

Using freecampsites website to track down remote places to camp on the
way down for a couple overnights. I don't do real long drives well
anymore, so break it into manageable chunks. Besides, being retired
now, there's no rush. <grin>
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1998 Triumph Trophy 1200, 1990 Suzuki DR350, 1974 Suzuki TC100
"Worst Case"@dizum.com
2020-04-04 04:25:19 UTC
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Besides, being retired now, there's no rush. <grin>
Worst case: They'd let you out of Michigan as far as Arkansas. Then
close the borders so you couldn't get to Texas, return home, or even
leave Arkansas at all. You'd have to hitch a ride with a Walmart
truck driver to go anywhere.
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Terry Coombs
2020-04-04 11:56:20 UTC
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Post by "Worst Case"@dizum.com
Besides, being retired now, there's no rush. <grin>
Worst case: They'd let you out of Michigan as far as Arkansas. Then
close the borders so you couldn't get to Texas, return home, or even
leave Arkansas at all. You'd have to hitch a ride with a Walmart
truck driver to go anywhere.
  You got something against Arkansas ? Most of us who live here like it
a lot ... 'sides , we got great roads for ridin' , match anywhere else
I've ever ridden .
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Yes , I'm old
and crochety - and armed .
Get outta my woods !
Mark Olson
2020-04-04 17:13:11 UTC
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Post by Terry Coombs
Post by "Worst Case"@dizum.com
Besides, being retired now, there's no rush. <grin>
Worst case: They'd let you out of Michigan as far as Arkansas. Then
close the borders so you couldn't get to Texas, return home, or even
leave Arkansas at all. You'd have to hitch a ride with a Walmart
truck driver to go anywhere.
  You got something against Arkansas ? Most of us who live here like it
a lot ... 'sides , we got great roads for ridin' , match anywhere else
I've ever ridden .
Been trying to talk the missus (EX250 rider) into picking the Ozarks
as a ride destination, coming from Minnesota. She has a negative
impression for some reason (that I totally do not share) and up to
this point has resisted any plans in that direction. I am sure once
we get there she will appreciate it just as much as she did the Smoky
Mountains area near the Tail of the Dragon.

I know at least one co-worker who has ridden the roads in the Ozarks
who can't say enough good things about the place.

Our plan for this summer was to get her a TW200 and do a couple of
weeks off road in a few western states, similar to the Heart of the
West trip sleazy and I did in 2014, me riding my KLR650 or even getting
a similar lightweight trail bike for myself. Doubtful it will happen
now with a new high pressure work assignment being dumped in my lap.
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FJR1300A, GL1000, KLR650A6F, EX250J9A, Vespa Ciao
"Worst Case"@dizum.com
2020-04-09 17:18:32 UTC
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Good to know 'sconny is still freer than Michigan.
"Due to unprecedented crowds, littering and vandalism, [most] Wisconsin
State Parks are now closed effective Friday, April 10 for the duration
of the COVID-19 emergency."
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Worst Case
2020-05-04 08:21:14 UTC
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Good to know 'sconny is still freer than Michigan.
I am encouraged by the news that Governor Evers has agreed to
reopen, with limitations, most of the state park properties that he
closeda few weeks ago. I am discouraged that there is precisely one
DNR phone number that folks may call to purchase the required
admission sticker, and, it figures, people are having little success
getting through. HOWEVER: I did learn just yesterday that, if you
are willing to pay a premium price (which includes a donation to the
group), the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks organization is set up
to sell the admission stickers; DNR says they're working on setting
up an online ordering system of their own, but it isn't ready yet.
No matter how you purchase the sticker, it will take some days
before you receive it, but proof of purchase (your receipt) is
acceptable for park admission.
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks clears payments through PayPal, which
is a nonstarter for me because PayPal won't serve content to overseas
VPNs. Too bad. So sad.

On a brighter note, I had the bike out for the first time today. I
rode a 32-mile loop, stopping at a Hispanic grocery that sells hot
takeout. I brought home some caldo de res (livestock soup) and rice.
I need a new battery.
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A rider
2020-06-29 17:13:48 UTC
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Geez. Just ride. It’s the best social distancing construct ever.
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