Saturday, April 4, 2009

My Honda Elite is Back!

She's been at the mechanic's shop for almost a month with a choke problem. It had gotten to the point where she would simply not start. So, after a long period of troubleshooting, cleaning the carbs, working on the choke, installing a trickle charger receptacle, I got the call that she was ready. Because my mechanic needed shop space for an emergency repair of another customer's bike, I picked her up late Thursday night. In order to get to his place in Renton, I either have to take the long route through Issaquah, or come over Tiger Mountain pass. So, I hooked up my little Harbor Freight trailer (by the way, these are great little trailers and will carry most of my stuff, like the bikes, riding mower, stuff for the dump, etc.) and decided to go over Tiger Mountain. Guess what...snowing there, about 2 inches.

I picked her up, and decided to go over Tiger Mountain for the return. Guess what...more snow, and I had to stop at the summit to make sure everything was tied down. It was a mess. Eventually, we made it safe home.

I took her for a ride this afternoon - even though I have a motorcycle now, it is so much fun to ride the Elite. She accelerates nicely, has a lot of power for her 23 years, and she just impresses me with her ability to take me around!

13 comments:

bobskoot said...

I betcha it feels good to get your Elite back home. When things are entrusted to the care of another person you never know what may happen to it.
Of course the Elite is CVT so it's nice not to have to change gears all the time.
We have the same bad weather as you. It snowed on the way to work on Thursday. I saw on the news that Snoqualmie pass received 9in of snow and it was still falling. One day winter will be gone.

bob
bobskoot: wet coast scootin

Conchscooter said...

I think car trailers are the great undervalued road accessory. I treat mine better than bobskoot treats his Suzuki. Of course twenty centimeters of snow (note the suave use of the Canadian abacus) would seem a lot to a Kymco rider. I'm glad to see an Elite rider wasn't afraid to be out in it, even if in a trailer. He doesn't go out if it's frosty. Neither would I.

Baron's Life said...

Nice Bike...man...23 years young and still in good shape...body work looks good as well.
Just got back from a one day trek from BC to Beaverton OR and back in one day some 612 + miles (Round trip)...will post some pictures and trip report next week.
How's your new ride doing?

Lance said...

Bob, thanks. Yes, this weather has been strange this year, although I know I am more sensitive to it since I have been riding (and waiting for the good weather to return).

Conch - Thanks, and I agree with you on the trailers - even at $15 per day for the U-haul MC trailer, I have saved a lot by having my own. Now, if I could only get that backing up routine down!

Baron - Good to hear about your trek and am looking forward to your posts. The new ride is going great - I've loved having the ability to venture farther afield with the additional cc's.

Baron's Life said...

sounds great Lance...be careful riding bud

Baron's Life said...

Hey Lance
Happy Easter to you and your family man
I'm looking forward to meeting you some day

irondad said...

There's always a place for a valiant and willing scooter, isn't there?

Lance said...

Irondad - thanks, and you expressed it perfectly - she is valiant!

bobskoot said...

Lance:

I have a 3 rail motorcycle trailer which is hardly used. I wanted to get one of those Harbor Freight folding ones, but I think they discontinued them a couple of years ago. But you are right, it's handy to have around and is cheaper than renting . . . if only for the convenience.
The weather can't make up its mind. One day it's summer, and the next we get frost. This morning frost again. I can't ride to work at 7am with frost, but by 9am it has all melted away. Frost forecast again for tonight. Can't wait for summer.
Notice how smug Conch is sitting down there in paradise, picking coconuts off the tree and laughing at all of us, I suppose it gets awfully boring having only ONE road (without curves) to ride

bob
bobskoot: wet coast scootin

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