Posts Tagged ‘motorcycles’

Leaking Oil

June 22, 2010

My first motorcycle was a 1979 KZ 750.  I had just been discharged from the Marine Corps and brought the bike back to Minnesota with me.  I was newly married and used the bike as a second means of transportation.  There was no garage where I lived, so it had to sit outside in all kinds of weather. 

I tarped it occasionally.

After a few years, I moved to Iowa.  The bike came with, but again, there was no garage, at first.

Finally we moved into a house that had a garage.

The roof leaked badly, and the garage itself did not warrant repair.  It was quite a few years before we were able to build a new one.

Through all the years, the bike would faithfully start-up each spring.  I did occasional necessary maintenance, but the poor bike was not treated well.

It looked bad, but still ran.

I purchased a different bike, and mentioned to my son that the kaw would go to the first person to give me a hundred dollars.

He gave me a hundred dollars.

That was not what I had in mind.

The bike went off to a friend of mine who did a lot of work on it to make it more dependable for my son who took it back to Minnesota when he went to college.

He rode it up there for two years, putting quite a few miles on it, as his girlfriend lived forty miles away.

Last fall it came back home to Iowa.  It is time for some more TLC.  It is leaking oil from a few places, some of the leaks are pretty bad.  I now have the parts that I need, and hope to get it repaired in time for the 4th of July. 

A friend of mine has often commented that the continuing life of this motorcycle is evidence of the power of prayer.

I could use your prayers the next week or so.

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Self Expression or Self Preservation

April 25, 2010

The other day I was riding my motorcycle to class.  I saw a truck at an intersection ahead of me.  I was on the inside lane of a four lane road, so I was not too concerned when he pulled out just a little bit ahead of me.

Then he continued on into my lane.

He never saw me.

Thankfully, I had been watching him and was already easing off the gas.  I hit the brakes and easily avoided a collision.

Then, I thought about the horn.  Some people might have thought about the horn first.  I prefer to focus on avoiding an accident.  Actually, I ended up waving at him.  Hopefully he saw me, but he probably never even knew I was  there on the road.

Over the years of riding, similar events have happened numerous times.  It is always better to avoid a collision first.  That should be your focus.  Secondly, you will want to think twice about how you express yourself.  You are still on a motorcycle, and that makes you vulnerable.  If you tick off the driver by your expression of anger, there is the possibility of retribution.  Ever hear of road rage?   In a bike versus car collision, the bike will never win. 

I prefer self-preservation over self-expression.

Back on Two Wheels

March 5, 2009

Yesterday I rode my bicycle to the church for the first time this year.   It felt great to be back on two wheels.  I enjoy the exercise, being outdoors and the sense of simplicity.  I started using my bike last summer when the gasoline prices went so high.  I plan to continue, even though the cost of gasoline has substantially dropped. 

I also charged up the battery on the motorcylce and attempted to start the engine. 

Unsuccessfully. 

 Bummer.  

However, I am charging the battery some more and will be giving it another try later this morning. 

I believe in the resurrection. 

Yes, it can be applied to motorcycles:) 

Every spring  there is new life all around us.  We celebrate the return of warmer weather.  We celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Jesus. I also am reminded of new life when my motorcycle, (and formerly, my boat engine) comes to life for the first time.   

Today it is supposed to be sunny and in the mid fifties.  I will ride my bicycle to church, and hopefully, prayerfully, my motorcycle to the school.

It’s great to be back on two wheels.