Warm 2015 leads to lots of riding…except when my head’s bugging me

This has been one of the warmest years we’ve had so far…or maybe it’s one of the driest…or maybe it’s a bit of both. Either way, there’s been lots of opportunity to ride. Unfortunately for me there’s also been quite a lot of head weirdness. It’s crazy to think that all my issues came from what seemed like a minor concussion two years ago (or it will be on June 3, 2015).

Still have the Ural Patrol and the Moto Guzzi California Stone and still enjoying both quite a lot. Here are a few shots from some rides this year.

A favorite shot of the Ural showing a ride from last winter at Tumalo Reservoir

A favorite shot of the Ural showing a ride from last winter at Tumalo Reservoir

This was taken near Tetherow Golf Course just west of Bend

This was taken near Tetherow Golf Course just west of Bend

I mean...Ural Snowy!

I mean…Ural Snowy!

The Stone catches some rays on an early 2015 ride

The Stone catches some rays on an early 2015 ride

 

Got almost all the major maintenance out of the way already this year. Ural has had all the oil (three different locations) and filter changed plus new plugs and I cleaned the K & N filter. The Goose has had two of three oil changes, new plugs and a valve adjust. Still some minor stuff to take care of but they’re both mostly ready to ride.

I’ve had a couple of odd maintenance bits on both bikes. I lost an engine plug on the Ural–it’s the one that gives a view of the flywheel so you can see the markings for TDC.

Moto Hole O

What happened to the plug?

 

I just happened to notice it missing one day. After trying in vain to order from my normal supplier (after three days of phone tag) I eventually ordered from Pacific Northwest Motorcycles. The part arrived in a couple of days. I think they’ll be my new parts people.

Here's how that hole is supposed to look. Thanks Pacific Northwest Motorcycles.

Here’s how that hole is supposed to look. Thanks Pacific Northwest Motorcycles.

 

The Goose has been just as interesting. First I had some oil seeps that turned out to be bolts in need of torque. The bike shakes a lot, I guess. Today it was a bolt, spacer and acorn nut that holds up the left muffler and also connects the luggage mount. Noticed it missing while on a ride with a friend over to Prineville via the Crooked River Canyon.

This is what it's supposed to look like--though the rubber washer needs replacing

This is what it’s supposed to look like–though the rubber washer needs replacing

 

Luckily there was an Ace Hardware nearby and 20 minutes later I had a better-than-new replacement…complete with a locknut now. Thanks Brian at Ace Hardware in Prineville. Time to do the other side.

After a quick stop at Ace, this is the new setup--complete with lock nut

After a quick stop at Ace, this is the new setup–complete with lock nut

 

I’ve been hankering for a new bike again. We’ve had a lot of rainy and muddy weather and I haven’t been riding because of that–both current bikes are pretty and I don’t like to get them all mudded up. So I’ve been wanting another dual sport. The problem I keep running into is that it’s difficult to imagine finding a bike for the $3000 I could get for the Goose that would put a smile as big on my face. And of course the Ural isn’t going anywhere–I finally found one that I really like. Time for moto number three I guess. But how do I convince my wife it’s a good idea?

Here’s a few more gratuitous shots of the Goose. It really is a great bike and it’s hard to imagine having more fun for the small amount of money I could get for it.

Not me...I'm still married...but that's Mt. Bachelor in the background

Not me…I’m still married…but that’s Mt. Bachelor in the background

The lava flow near Devil's lake is spectacular

The lava flow near Devil’s lake is spectacular

The Stone catches some rays on an early 2015 ride

The Stone catches some rays on an early 2015 ride

Normally there's snow piled six feet high this time of year

Normally there’s snow piled six feet high this time of year

 

Today’s ride, BTW, was incredible. Blue skies for most of it, low wind, another Italian motorcycle to ride with. I was grinning nearly the hole time. Made for a truly great day…one that I’m very thankful for.

Two Italian motos ready to attack the curves of the canyon

Two Italian motos ready to attack the curves of the canyon