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Since there are members here who own and ride more than one bike including a CTX, or no longer own a CTX, I thought it was about time for a thread like this. No need to avoid socializing a little just 'cuz you did something with a different model/make of bike.
Remember, this thread is ONLY for single posts about what you did with your bike that is NOT A CTX1300. There is already a thread for reporting about your activities with your CTX1300 in the General forum. If you plan more than a single post on any single activity or expect any discussion or question/answer to a post please put that in the appropriate thread or start a new thread and do not clutter this thread with such posting. This is the same idea as with the "What did you do with your CTX1300" thread.

I'll start this thread off with my contribution:
A week ago I prepped my Burgman 650 for the weather that hit us this weekend and is continuing yet today by adding the connections I need to plug in my heated gloves. Rode to work this morning on the B650 in spite of warnings that there was potential ice reported on some exit ramps off the beltway along my route to work. Temps were right at 32*F this morning per the radio I was listening to on my commute but the temp sensor display was showing more like 37*F. Those things are always a little different than actual air temps, especially on a highway that tends to run a bit warmer than air temps in other places due to the traffic. The heated gloves were turned on to the almost lowest setting but just enough to keep my hands very comfortable. The road was about 90% clear and dry with a few places that showed some moisture in the center of the lane or on the lane lines in between. I simply kept to tire tracks through these spots but I doubt there was ice there. I knew it was more likely off the main traveled roadway where there might be some icing, on the on/off ramps but not on the main pavement. Didn't have any issues that way the entire trip in. Expecting a rather cold week, mainly in the mornings, and sunshine. There is a lot of water in the ground since we are just coming off a lot of weeks of rain every day with maybe 2 days here, 1 day there, or something like that of just cloudy. The sun is showing a little now and expected to stay out for about a week. Will enjoy riding without the rain suit being always on hand.
 

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Well Yesterday , I was browsing Craigslist again, and come upon an “ for sale” pair Honda Goldwings ( non runners) one with title one for parts( no title), I email the seller and , 4 hours later I was parking 2 Goldwings in my small motorcycle garage. The problem that I have now is I have 4 Motorcycles in a very small garage , and now I have to figure out how to organize the space. This are all Project bikes, I’m almost done with one of them( only thing left is a new chain ) and hopefully by the end of the month I can move out one of my small Suzuki GZ 250( parts bike) and open up some space. I will be busy this winter, working on bikes in my free time and hopefully learning much more about motorcycle maintenance and repairs.
 

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Saturday afternoon I went for a ride before Sunday snow storm with the CTX1800 (aka 2018 Goldwing Tour DCT).
It was suppose to be a quick ride but I ended up doing Longmont-Lyons-Allenspark-Estes Park-Lyons-Longmont.
As expected I found traffic but that's the beauty of the CTX1800 DCT I can relax and follow the cars in front of me, the ride is smooth and effortless.


The plan for the winter is to install fog lights and a better windscreen (same height but tinted with recurved top).
 

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consolation ride

Despite living perhaps the closest to our “meetup” location in NC, I had to travel to FL for a family health issue and I missed the meetup altogether. So disappointed after all the planning that everyone put into making this happen, including myself.

I have owned a little Honda dual sport 250 that I take with me when I go out of town, usually just rides in the bed of the truck. Not been riding it much lately, since it’s not really a full dirt bike off road and i I ride it hard the bike begs for mercy, and it’s not a great road bike either, buzzy and unstable at speed.

Been eying the new Indian made BMW G310GS bikes for a little while now, thinking that it would be a good replacement. Still not great off road exactly, but maybe much better on road as a travel (read, lives in the truck bed when I go out of town and can be used to tour around and explore) and adventure bike to get me out of the house and away from family when needed while down here.

So, rode the 250 to Asheville last week 2 days before the meetup and the very day that I had to leave town for FL and traded it in. Impulsively i must say, fed by my disappointment over missing the meetup.

Been riding it around central Florida and exploring the forest areas here. Didn’t know Florida was so nice! Fun little bike. Some pics attached.
 

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NON-CTX - What did you do with your *OTHER THAN CTX1300 bike*

@Parkerpusher. Congrats on the new bike. That BMW GS 310 is a nice little bike. I had the same idea like you.Test rode one , I’m 6 feet 2 inches and pushing 240 lbs, and I felt cramped on it, it’s too small for me. Otherwise I liked the bike, and for the price I think it is good bike, my dealer had it for $5950 .
 

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Been riding to work on the Burgman 650 in spite of colder temps. Yesterday was down to 14F (-10C). The first farkle installed last month was the isolated fuse block for aux power to any electrical farkles I add. Then came the connection for the Gerbing heated gloves. My prior Burgman 650 that I had 10 years ago was the first scoot I added this heated gloves connection to. Still using the very same gloves since. That was also the first bike I was riding when I started wearing armored overpants, but those have been replaced. I rediscovered just how great the weather protection is on this scooter for the legs. I still have my overpants in mesh mode (without the outer solid shell), however I do have the inner wind/thermal liners installed, and my legs are still plenty warm at that low temp. Today's ride was warmer... 25F. Winter is just beginning here so expect more cold temps. Just hope for many days of clear dry pavement so I can keep riding. When it starts getting warmer I'll be installing a pair of Fiamm Highway Blaster horns so I can be heard (don't like working in the cold unheated garage).

BTW- Since I only torture one bike (at a time) I have my CTX1300 prepped and parked in the garage with a cover over it, Stabil in the tank, AccuMate battery maintainer to keep the battery in good condition. We have a second vehicle with 4 wheels again so to be able to ride what I want, and enable both of those others be available for my wife, and also keep the snow thrower handy for when that is needed I don't have many options how to park everything. So the 2 biggest vehicles in the center with enough room to get the scoot out on one side and the snow thrower out on the other side. It all fits through a 16 foot overhead door.
 

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Looked at the snowed in stable. Over the winter I get at least one day every couple of weeks or so that's dry enough to take each of the bikes for a ride long enough to keep the battery charged and the life juices flowing. The bad days make the good days that much better. No light without darkness after all.
 

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Looked at the snowed in stable.
Being covered and parked in a cold barn may be ignoble, but if I ever made my steed sit outside in the snow it would sue me for non-support!:520:

 

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CTX1300 prepped and parked in the garage with a cover over it, Stabil in the tank, AccuMate battery maintainer to keep the battery in good condition.
Never heard of 'Sta-bil' so looked it up. No real need for it here I suppose as our weather system only prevents riding for a few days at a time maybe two or three times during the winter.
Interesting though, I'll bear it in mind if I ever do have to lay a bike up for a longer period.
I do use a squirt of Silkolene fuel treatment every 4 or 5 refuels for general internal cleansing, rather like
 

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Being covered and parked in a cold barn may be ignoble, but if I ever made my steed sit outside in the snow it would sue me for non-support!:520:

Enthusiastic agreement here. Two of those bikes (perhaps three) will end up in my dining room for some wrenching next month. I have the plans, tools, and intent to build a dedicated motorcycle garage out of cedar. Unfortunately I was sidelined by an umbilical hernia and unable to get started last summer. I have surgery scheduled for early next year. Hopefully my bikes will forgive me. :eek:

P.S. If you keep showing pictures of that root beer wing I will have to buy one. They're marked down to $18,990 around here in anticipation of the '19s.
 

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Last Sunday (11-11-18), I participated in the San Francisco Veterans Day Parade. Rode the other bike, i.e. the V Star 1300. I consider the V Star 1300 my go to bike when riding in parades and PGR escorts.
 

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I was sidelined by an umbilical hernia and unable to get started last summer. I have surgery scheduled for early next year. Hopefully my bikes will forgive me. :eek:

P.S. If you keep showing pictures of that root beer wing I will have to buy one. They're marked down to $18,990 around here in anticipation of the '19s.
Good luck with the surgery. Went through that in 2004 and the surgeon said: "You're all done doing bull work now that you have the mesh installed." Since then I've become quite ingenious at finding ways to leverage heavy objects without the use of my own muscles. And your body will definitely tell you when you're abusing it from now on (No, not that way....:520:)

That price is very close to what I paid for mine new last May. But then, I have a really good dealer who takes care of me:smiley-happy0034:




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"You're all done doing bull work now that you have the mesh installed..."
No mesh for me. My surgeon is going to use a biologic patch. And that is a nice way of saying a piece of pig flesh. So now when a woman calls me a pig I can reply, "Yes Ma'am:smileygarden_de_ban that I am. But I'm just part pig. The rest of me is Scots Irish."
 

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No mesh for me. My surgeon is going to use a biologic patch. And that is a nice way of saying a piece of pig flesh.

Just remember not to rip what he sows:520:
 

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No riding of any bike this weekend, CTX nor Burgman, and also the first part of next week. All due to Winter Storm Gia that ran through starting (here) Friday night. Weather prognosticators say we had around 5 inches. Not as much as some areas south, like KC or St Louis, but plenty to keep me riding the bus to work until the roads and driveways clear. Temps are just low enough to keep it hanging around so we'll see when that is.
 

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It hit 50 degrees yesterday in SD....so I took my 98 BMW R1200C out for a nice ride. Filled up again with some Stabil....and put her away in storage, anticipating delivery of my CTX 1300 by the end of this week. My in-laws have two huge garages and another storage building. They generously offered to let me store the R12C in there for a little while. Can't wait for the new CTX to show up.

Oh, I also gave my wife's Indian Scout some love. Gave her a 40 min ride, fuel up and Stabil too. My wife wasn't feeling too well, so I told her that I'd blow the cobwebs out of her bike for her. Man that's a fun little bike. Very peppy. Not great long distance tho.
 

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Got up this AM, SSS'd for work, and already to go ride the CTX1300 in some light rain. Went out to the bike, started it up and was letting it warm up when God said, "no riding today" and let the heaven's piss all over everything rather heavily. I sat there for ten minutes, and it was still coming down hard, filling up the culde sac. I shut the bike off and went inside. Took off my rain gear and grabbed the keys to the CVPI and headed out. Car is so heavy it sticks to the wet road like glue so when I entered the Freeway, everyone slowed down and refused to pass me up. Those that see me in their rear view mirrors think it's still a police car (spot lights give it away), and they proceed to slow down from 75mph in the rain to a meager 55mph. Needless to say, I was a few minutes late for work.


 

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Got up this AM, SSS'd for work, and already to go ride the CTX1300 in some light rain. Went out to the bike, started it up and was letting it warm up when God said, "no riding today" and let the heaven's piss all over everything rather heavily. I sat there for ten minutes, and it was still coming down hard, filling up the culde sac. I shut the bike off and went inside. Took off my rain gear and grabbed the keys to the CVPI and headed out. Car is so heavy it sticks to the wet road like glue so when I entered the Freeway, everyone slowed down and refused to pass me up. Those that see me in their rear view mirrors think it's still a police car (spot lights give it away), and they proceed to slow down from 75mph in the rain to a meager 55mph. Needless to say, I was a few minutes late for work.


My brother had a beautiful blue Crown Victoria with grey leather and in a fit of madness he decided to trade it in on a 6 cylinder Impala. I told him I'd give him $1,000 more than the Chevy dealer but he wouldn't sell it to me. He claimed seeing it would make him regret trading it. Can you beat that lame logic? He regrets selling it anyway. Family can be frustrating to say the least. :350x700px-LL-66dd6d
 
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