With a very un-February temperature of 39 degrees in Alden, the sun shining and most of the snow melted, I decided to take the little Honda CB175 out for a Winter ride. I retrieved the battery from the basement, where it was connected to a float charger, and put it back in the bike. The bike started right up. I grabbed the new gloves that Al bought for me, and off I went.
I rode the bike to the gas station to top it off with fresh fuel, then put 20 miles on the clock while riding around the back roads. I stopped at the boat launch in Alden for these pictures. I kept the speeds down, since the tires aren’t as grippy when they’re cold, but I did cruise the straight roads at around 60. It really felt great to be on a bike again.
Sunday morning, with the thermometer at 32 degrees, I hopped back on the Honda and rode to the Wild Onion in Alden for breakfast. It’s funny how many people will stop me and ask about the bike … “is that a Honda?!”, “What year is that?”, and so on. An elderly woman walked up to me as I was getting ready to head back home and asked me about the 175. She then fondly recalled how she had a Honda 125 in the 1960s, and she would ride with her father for hours on the trails and back roads.
Now I’m really looking forward to Spring.