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Discussion in 'Bonneville' started by Zinc, Feb 4, 2019.

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  1. Zinc

    Zinc Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2018
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    Warmed up to mid 40s after the snow late last week. Enough melt and I felt the need to get out and ride and say screw the salt on the roads, which were still pretty darn white!

    First up, my beloved Road Glide after getting it back with a fresh rear tire, 30K service and a few other things. No go, battery too weak to start it. So, I put it on a trickle charger, jumped on the T120 Bonneville, and headed out. Pretty sweet ride, though break in calls for no more than 4000 RPM before 300 miles. Redline is 7000 RPM. Still, a fun ride on known roads that would have been clear of any ice/snow. This little 1200cc bike is a total hoot and I love it. To say I was having a blast is an understatement. But I am still cautious as it is so different than what I am used to.

    I go to fill the tank as I near the house and I can't figure out how to get the fuel cap to open. Crap!!! Guy at next pump starts talking to me as I Google how to get the cap off. Thank you, Google! [​IMG] Then I fill the tank while the attendant starts talking about how beautiful the Bonneville is and how he can't afford a Harley, but liked the Triumphs, too.

    Make it home and into the garage and unplug the Road Glide from the trickle charger and it fires up. Sweet. Back it out of the garage and head out. Like an old friend that I am so familiar with, I just really connect with the Harley and, with the Arc Audio components cranked, we're just rockin' down the Highway. Although the Triumph is quicker, I go faster on my old, faithful friend as we lean hard into the curves and the smile won't fade. Stop into the same local gas station to fill up and the same attendant comes out of the booth. Talk a little more, then head on home to check on the wife that is cooking me a Super Bowl dinner. Go Rams!

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  2. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising
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    Apr 27, 2016
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    Nothing better than getting the bikes out for a spin. You didn't mention washing them down to remove the salt, or is that for another day?
    Wessa
     
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  3. Zinc

    Zinc Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2018
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    Will have to be for another day as I spent too much time riding each. But I don't want the salt to sit on them for long either.
     
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  4. Vulpes

    Vulpes Elite Member

    Mar 14, 2018
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    When you wash them use cold water - warm water activates the salt.
     
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  5. Smilinjack

    Smilinjack Crème de la Crème

    Aug 14, 2016
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    Neutrals everywhere would go along with that dude. Sadly the juggernaut had different ideas. Glad l didn't stay up for it :confused:. Shame the Chiefs choked again, that might have been a real Superbowl. Sure was some game in the regular season. :)
     
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  6. Kin Ton Ti

    Kin Ton Ti Supreme Galactic Commander
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    Jan 5, 2019
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    I’m hoping to do the same, one day this week after work!
     
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  7. Drewnax

    Drewnax New Member

    Dec 4, 2018
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    Love those 40 degree rides! I just did a (very) short ride in about 42.
     
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