As of this morning, the Baron and I have clocked over 6,000 kilometers of winter riding together. Since winter is about half over, I consider this a milestone. We have commuted together every workday this winter, except for that one day when I had to return the rental SUV I used for the long audit trip to South Dakota. We have never missed a day due to weather or mechanical issues. Not bad for a machine the “traditional scooter community” said would fall apart underneath me.
Today he is going into the Baron HQ shop to get a thorough “physical” and see if they can figure out the cold-start problem. It’s also time for his first valve check and another oil change. I was going to ride him over there, but when I pulled into the lot at work this morning, the rear end felt “squishy”. Upon inspection, I found a small piece of metal embedded in my flat rear tire. So I called up my trusty Baron pitcrew, and they are going to send an ambulance. (Funny, but it looks exactly like Lorne’s truck!)
I’m still sick myself. The virus, or whatever it is, has settled in my left ear. It’s been decades since I had an earache, but it hurts every bit as much as I remember. If I’m not over this by Friday, perhaps I’ll take off early from work and get some maintenance done on myself.
That’s it for today. This blog will get better again when I do…