Winter- and Spring-izing the Ninjette

Well, all good things must come to an end (at least temporarily) and thus Peter and I winterized (and springized) the Ninjette yesterday.

On the positive side, we got all six bikes in the garage running, even if a couple of them had to be hooked up to life support (the truck battery) to keep them going.  Every year we say “we really should ride some of these bikes more or sell them” and this year is no exception. ;)

Chug chug chug goes the old gas out of the Ninjette…

Putting Stabil into the fresh gas (different gas can, though it looks the same) to put back into the bike…dang, I look tired in that pic.  Ah well.

We put the Stabil gas in, ran it a bit, and I drained out the carb.

Incidentally, a pox on whoever at Kawasaki decided to make the carb drain bolts 3mm hex heads instead of a nice Philips as god intended.  That gave me the rage face.

We drained the gas from the other bikes as well and will be filling them with Stabil gas this week (except for the DRZ and the CRF, which have plastic tanks; we’ll put gas in them but probably not fill them to the brim as those tanks can’t rust).

Finally, I need to get the Ninjette up on its centerstand and find one of my million bike covers to keep dust off of it.

And that’s that.

With any luck at all, I’ll be riding again in June.

In the meantime, I’d like to introduce you to the reason for all that Stabil — our future motorcyclist, hockey fan, and blueberry extraordinaire, set to make a grand entrance in May 2012:

The baby is already measuring tall for its age; thanks to the infusion of Peter’s genes, current predictions have his/her inseam longer than mine at about 6 months old.   S/he may in fact come out of the womb taller than me.   Perhaps the 1st birthday present will be a Tenere.  :)

 

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14 Responses to Winter- and Spring-izing the Ninjette

  1. Jodie Lawrosky says:

    What wonderful news! Maybe you’ll have to rig up a babyseat sidecar for one of the 6 in the stable??? Can’t wait to see the helmet!!! XXXXXXXXXXS!

    Congrats!

  2. Barron says:

    Wow, congrats!!!

  3. John Sonderegger says:

    Wow, that is great news. Congratulations to both of you.

  4. Kathleen says:

    Hooray for you both!

  5. John says:

    Awesome. Congratulations and best wishes for the future. You look happy!

    indigoid@chaingang

  6. Arr says:

    Huzzah! It’s the New Poof! Hearty congratulations to you and Peter.

  7. Steve Miller says:

    Congrats! Wonderful news!

  8. Pallaire says:

    Wow congratulation! I was going to comment on the fact that you dont need to store your bike in California … you could ride it all year long (lucky you) … but now it make sens.

  9. Linda says:

    And, again…congratulations. :)

  10. Jack Christensen says:

    Well super congratulations! That’s fantastic! Looks like you two are on yet another huge adventure.

    You really have to do a kiddy sidecar….

  11. I was super interested in seeing the winterization of the Ninja (my girlfriend has the same bike and I believe that’s how I first started coming here), and then I was excited to hear you guys had a fleet of bikes that outmatched even ours, and THEN you just mentioned, a little out of nowhere, as if it only just popped up, the “oh and I’m having a baby” lol. Way to not be boring!

    Congrats guys. Wish you the best with the little one riding in to the world in May, and a happy holiday season, without stress or PMS. Yes, Parked Motorcycle Syndrome.

    Adrian

    PS: What are the rest of the bikes you have anyway? Is there a post on that anywhere?

  12. Toby says:

    Aww, congratulations!
    Wishing you all the best for the future.

    -Toby (something of non-commenting lurker on this blog, sorry, but thought I’d jump in..)

  13. Holy @#$%, nice list of bikes (past and present)! You know your baby is going to be born with a helmet on and ready to ride, right? hahaha
    Shiny side up!

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