You are right, its not easy to insulate. I'm sure with modern building materials its easier and better than it used to be, and a light coating of snow on the roof does add to the insulation value. Its a trade-off. Would you rather have higher utility bills, or risk having your roof collapse in a severe winter?
Then lowsided, my first painful motorcycling experience, around mid July.
Spent the last few months healing up and riding my Vulcan nice and easy. Finally got the Duke back on the road last week and now it has charging or fueling issues.
Only did about 6k miles of riding this year. I did however make my two longest trips this summer. One pre-wreck trip I took the Vulcan from Cincy to Cleveland, over to Toledo, then back to Cincy. I few months later Indy MotoGP was in town around August so I took the Vulcan up there and back. Good times!
Hope you all faired better than me this year of riding!
Next year - FZ6 will probably be added to the garage, the Vulcan may leave or the Duke, haven't decided yet. The Duke is too much of an instigator to bad ideas!!! Supermoto is fun but I lack the self control required.
There is a slightly steeper learning curve with lightweight bikes that have good power to weight ratio and sticky tires.
Makes you feel like a superstar when tires are warm and sticky, but once beyond the limit, you better know how to recover quickly.
Duke is somewhat of a unusual bike, not many of them around; the older ones are starting to become difficult to get parts.
I would sell it if you can still get decent $$ for it. But since it's been down already, certain replacement parts are not likely to be vilable, I'd just ride it to the ground until it explodes. Which could be a long time for those LC4 engine KTMs.
__________________ Master your environment and you will survive just fine.
Chances favor the prepared mind.
Yes, I already cannot get some parts to repair the bike back to 100%. I'm thinking of changing it up a bit, new headlight assembly (from a super duke) and just putting a "beek" on it instead of the front fender.
I really like the Duke, it's just a bit too radical a bike for me. 55whp and 315lbs is a BAD idea when you live near all these tight twisty KY country roads. I miss my smooth predictably slow but agile little Ninja 250 and I'm back in the market for one. Between that and an FZ6 for more sport-touring long distance work, I think I'll sell off the Duke and Vulcan for now. Spring will be here soon and I'll know my next move then.