Monday, December 29, 2014

And that was 2014, folks!

Another semester down and I'm still alive! First, vitally important information from this fall:

1. I tested a 2015 KTM Freeride 250R.

Photo credit: Kevin Novello, Trail Rider Magazine

It was the best thing that ever happened to me, short of meeting Lovey or being born to sane and loving parents. Read about it on the Trail Rider website, and while you're there, check out my review of the 2015 Husqvarna TE125!

2. I raced an enduro. I won my class and only finished half the checks, which should give you an indicator of the trail conditions...which also left a few, er, "indications" in my bike. Again, full report on the Trail Rider site.

Photo credit: Ted and Cindy Rummel

See how happy I look? Yeah. That's because there's a hole in my clutch cover and I'm tireder than I've ever been in my life. 

Back to the present: specifically, the gross, snowless winter. My bike is in the shop--and by that I mean we rolled it down a flight of stairs into the basement.

She's due for a top end rebuild, a radiator de-taco, and of course a couple hundred screws in each tire. The piston got here a couple days ago:

Beauty, eh? Details of the hopefully smooth, swift install will be provided in an upcoming issue of Trail Rider. Maybe by the time it's in, we'll even have some snow...