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    Winter used to be a good time to take care of major maintenance. Top end rebuilds and such (annual event with a two-stroke). Now, living in Arizona, it is much more difficult to get those things done. Late summer most often is the best time for the bike to be down because that is when local weather is the worst (for riding).

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    I'm putting the 454 in hibernation and going to do a valve adjustment on it soon. The Connie, however, is awaiting a new set of tires, and she is on ready five status, for those days where riding is possible. I refuse to go down without a fight
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kootenanny View Post
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    Here in BC, we can buy insurance for only part of the year--most of us only insure for the summer months. Only partially makes up for the horrendous vehicle insurance costs we have (compared to the States, anyway).
    Here in PA stopping insurance leads to the Dept Of Transportation issuing a request for their license plate back. No option for non-full year coverage. Suppose you can drop everything but the liability for the winter. However at $350 for the year it works out to about $44 per monrh for the 8 rideable months. Plus the money saved on petrol for the car. Not too bad I suppose.

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    I sold off my track day bike last week since I haven't used it in 3+ years. Both BMW's are full of gas and Stabil, on the center stands with a chopped off hockey stick under the front wheels to keep them off the cement for the winter. Battery tenders all plugged in and bikes are put to sleep for the winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodstockJeff View Post
    ...But I now know it takes about 45 minutes to navigate it across the whole driveway. ...
    Y'know, you only need to clear a path a foot wide from the garage to the road. Just enough for the tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lezbert View Post
    I won't rub it in TOO much. Besides, there's a roughly 4-6 week period each summer where the heat and humidity are just too horrid to commute here.
    Humidity is only slightly more common than precipitation here. That is to say it accompanies precipitation and lingers a few days afterwards. Those days where we get some of that annual few inches of precipitation in conjunction with below freezing temps is something that you will only see posted in the sports books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asp125 View Post
    Y'know, you only need to clear a path a foot wide from the garage to the road. Just enough for the tires.
    The garage is for the hibernating bike. The XT is currently encrusted with snow, in its position just outside the door.

    Too late to do anything about it, I hit upon the idea of a 12x12 shed over the basement entrance, which would serve several purposes.... housing the snow blower and the XT, protecting the steps from another incursion of 4' of snow (yes, I have pictures from that storm), and other things. Maybe spring.
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    It seems to me that riders that have to quit riding, will have to reacquire their skills. I only wonder if they will end up at the end of next year, with little improvement beyond this year. Is it like repeating a grade in school? Year after year after year, starting almost all over. What do the riders say that have this happen?
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    In aviation, there is the saying about pilots who don't have "800 hours experience", but "100 hours, repeated 8 times"....
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