Archive for November, 2005

Dawn Patrol

Monday, November 14th, 2005

14 November, 2005 Temperature at takeoff: 31 degrees
It was zero-dark-thirty when I rolled the Red Baron out of the garage this morning. The streets were dark and quiet again. I plugged in my Kanetsu electric vest for the first time, and within four blocks it was already uncomfortably warm, so I switched […]

Maintenance Stand-Down

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

12 November, 2005 Temperatures in the 40-60 range.
Maintenance Stand-Down is an old custom in military aviation, where you take a day or two to fix up the aircraft after a particularly intense operational cycle. Having completed my first week of commuting and the break-in mileage, […]

Waypoint #1

Friday, November 11th, 2005

11 November, 2005 Temperature: 36 degrees F
Well, I have completed my first week of commuting on the Red Baron. I use the term “waypoint” in the navigational sense: This is the first landmark or milestone on my long winter’s journey. The weather has been kind, and the scooter is running perfectly. […]

Cruising Altitude

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

10 November, 2005 Temperature at takeoff: 29 degrees F.
Yes, I am using aeronautical references because I have named my scooter The Red Baron. Why not? I just hope the frozen pizza company doesn’t come after me for copywrite infringement.
Anyhow, today was our first day of sub-freezing weather. The Baron started right up on electric, and […]

Attitude Calibration

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

08 and 09 November, 2005 Temperatures in the 38 to 50 (F) degree range.
It was late when I got home from school last night, and I was dog-tired. Twelve hours of work and school combined with three hours commuting made for a long day. The Red Baron performed flawlessly, with only one minor issue: […]

Cleared for Takeoff!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

07 November, 2005
Of course, it had to be red. What other color suits the Baron?
Tonight I picked up my Baron 150SX scooter from Lev Mirman and the crew at Bargain Jim’s in Plymouth, Minnesota. Baron Scooters are imported from China, but that’s all I know at this time. I will find out more […]