Archive for May, 2012

A Quiet Start

May 26, 2012

Spring weekends are great times to ride in South Texas. But being boisterous at five o”clock in the morning doesn’t endear you to your neighbors. Need to leave the neighborhood discreetly! BTW, if you don’t know – mockingbirds sing other birds songs; and some can sing for hours on end… seems like hours anyway.

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Freedom’s breeze demands an early rise,

Before the mockingbird’s melodious lies-

Segmented door retracts above with squeeks;

Ease out the wheels, check floor for oily leaks.

Close up the house with care; inside she sleeps.

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V-twin grumbles greeting cloudy dawn,

upon return, quick mow and trim this rowdy lawn.

But now, slowly creep down lonely street;

Careful shift to roll on hard concrete-

and in the mirror reflects my home, wherein she sleeps.

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Few RPMs to hide, my V-twin’s decibles contained,

time awaits the road of horsepower unrestrained;

but now I sneak past houses dark within-

To un-disturb the dreaming and their kin,

Behind in darkness she sleeps on-

The road ahead is clear; tis then I grin.

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Are Your Brakes Squeeking

May 10, 2012

Motorcycle tire and brake wear are a true mystery, and appear to depend on esoteric factors like FED Open Window policy and George Clooney’s success at bundling for Barry. Here are some thoughts on brakes.

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New and shiny, parts just fine,
Down below what is that whine?
Just six thousand miles are in-
Rear brake pads look rather thin!

Use both brakes at every stop,
Uneven wear it is my lot-
One more thing you must replace,
Hard earned dollars are displaced!

Order pads at dealership,
Slip them in and feel the clip-
Five thousand miles or less; I fear-
That scraping sound, below I’ll hear.

Buy This Motorcycle

May 10, 2012

Millions of used motorcycles are sold each year in on-line and print media.
There is drama in every transaction.

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Showroom condition, never laid down,
Neither chip nor scratch to bring a sharp frown.
Chrome glistens brightly up front and the rear,
Price basis higher, emotions to steer.

The seat, special leather-
from animals rare;
Built on a Thursday, by people who care.
Upgrades are listed , and so many more!
Numerous dollars to get this fast boar.

Celebrities swoon at your feet on this ride;
Middle age crisis, relax as you thrive!
Just twenty thousand, I know that is high-
The invoice I paid, it still makes me cry.

My family, it suffered; nights all alone,
As onward I rode it, past towers of phone-
But mileage is low, for this model year-
Peace in my dwelling when sold;
Title clear.