Nuttymopar wrote:I just would like to know.... Is the BLUE one really faster?
These bikes were about tied for last place, I could probably hop on one foot faster than these things running flat out. Perhaps the blue was faster, however wisdom prevailed, and I did not race. With that yellow one in front I was just enjoying the scenery.
The highs around here are almost freezing toward early afternoons, so every 3 days it adds up to just as warm as Bill reports. Even while putting on all my riding gear in the house, I am already feeling just as overheated as that island, but then one step out the door, and that refreshing arctic vortex is there to greet you like an old friend.
Yesterday leaving work in the morning (bike out overnight, fairly common, covered only if actively snowing) it was 20F. Stalled a couple times, usually I am very fast to turn off the enrichners (2011 GearUp), but felt the need to give it a few more seconds to heat up before turning off the "choke". Cough, sputter a bit, and ride. A couple miles from home, stalled at a light, easily restarted. It felt rough, so kept the rpm's up for the last few lights. Let it cool for a while in the garage, pulled the plugs, and the sidecar side was really black, obviously fouled by that extra time on the enrichners. Carb cleaner and wire brush, followed by plastic brush, and reinstall. Fired right up, ran find on the way to work. Now my nemesis is the googles fogging. I coat them with a w@* that claims to stop fogging, and modified a pair to lift off the face a little for more ventilation (drilled a few holes, zip tied some 3/4" bits of 1/4" hose), so the googles stand off a bit. Better, but fogging still an issue, particularly at lights.
None of this was an issue on the blue bike. We didn't even wear googles. When snorkeling is expected, we bring our own to avoid the used by everyone, then rinsed off, provided to anyone snorkels found on tours. We have prescription dive googles (internet order with your prescription, they just install the closest lens in front of each eye, seems to work well). The camera for those pics was a bit over $200 in 2014, good to about 42 ft, and that's plenty for our use.
The difficulty with island hopping, is if you ask for a dark beer, they have Guinness. Only Guinness. It's like the Budweiser of dark beers. I like Guinness, and have a couple in the fridge at home right now, but I have a few other varieties in there too.
Bill, admit it, you go asking for a few choices on a decent beer, and you realize people on small sunny islands develop the irrational belief that you should settle for beer you can see through.
I give you a quest, find a beer you actually want to consume, or click your mugs together three times, and repeat "There's no place like home!"
Perhaps the trip was all just a nightmare, and when you wake up, you find your beer fridge has been full all along....