Monthly Archives: February 2010

Sunny Days are here again

Okay, so it might be short lived but we really DO have blue skies and sunshine in the Pacific Northwest this week.

A caution must be put out though. In spite of the pretty view out the window, night and morning can still be cold and perhaps frosty.

Plan ahead and keep your February riding to times when you can avoid the slick, frosty roads. Frost and motorcycles can turn a great day to a very bad day quickly.

Morning Star Riders on Twitter

Morning Star Riders, CMA Chapter 39 of Mount Vernon, WA is now on Twitter follow @MorningStarRdrs

Clean those wheels

Well, the rain has returned for a few days so it’s time to pop down and clean up the bike.

While you are cleaning and polishing all that bike bling, don’t forget to get those wheels clean. The crud from the road and ground down brake linings holds moisture next to your wheels causing corrosion and pitting quicker than you would imagine.

One of the easiest, cheapest and effective cleaners for wheels comes out of the kitchen. Just mix up some grease cutting dishwashing liquid (Dawn or another detergent like it) in a bucket of water and scrub away with a soft brush.
Once you get all the dirt and grime loose, rinse with clear water until all the residue is cleared away. Dry with a soft cloth and be amazed at the great job you just did!

New Calendar Page

I’ve added a calendar of events page to this blog. I will plug in events that I think of interest to all.

Starting off the Riding Season Early

With our Northwest weather confused this year, take advantage and get out on two wheels if you can.

Remember that most of you haven’t spent a lot of time riding since last fall. Take it easy, riding skills are perishable and have to be refreshed. Trips around town, maybe even just around a parking lot are good ways to start. Tight parking lot turns, slow speed maneuvering can stand a bit of refreshing.

Anyone can point a motorcycle down the freeway and go 70 miles per hour, as long as nothing unexpected happens. Get out there, ride and have fun, but do so safely!