When I awoke my bike from hibernation (something you don't have to worry about in warmer climes), I merely turn the key, wait for the fuel pump to stop its winning noise, pull in the clutch and push the starter motor. Then cross your fingers. In a few seconds it will come alive. At the end of each season I install the fuel stabilizer and plug in the battery tender, put on the bike cover and just wait for spring. During the past couple of weeks I have been riding it around including to and from work trying to use up all that old, fuel stabilized gas. In the previous post I refilled the tank with new, freshly brewed petrol and thought I was ready to roll with the new season.
Also this morning I broke one of my riding rules. When it is cold and there is a chance of frost on the roads I don't ride, however lately while it is freezing in the mornings the afternoons are very pleasant with temps in the low teens. I do my usual frost check before 7am when I leave for work. Frost on the carport, frost on the windshields of cars parked outside, and temps around 2C. My rule is NOT to ride unless the lows are at least 5C. I put on my riding outfit, started the bike and snaked my way out of the neighbourhood. The rear wheel didn't feel right. It felt like it was slipping. I pulled over, inspected the tires, pushed down on the frame of the bike and watched to see if the tires bulged. All looked well so I took the corners slower with less lean angle and proceeded to work with the assumption that the slippage was due to frost on the road.
After work I arrived home with the intention of checking my tire pressures.
(Actual Rear tire pressure)
Heavens to megatroid, even. The rear tire is supposed to be 2.5 Bar (36psi) and it was only registering 23psi (1.6 bar) after my long commute home, which means that it was actually less than 23psi when the tire was cold.
The front tire is supposed to be 2.25 bar (32 psi)cold but it was . . .
(actual front tire pressure)
It was registering 1.7 bar (25 psi) so it wasn't as low as the rear. I have an 8 gal Campbell Hausfeld air compressor but it is a chore to drag it out and hook up all the rubber hoses and get it into position.
Instead I used my new "toy"
(Craftsman portable self powered air compressor with digital gauge and auto stop feature)
I am sure a lot of us have numerous electrical tools that all take a different battery and charger. I got rid of all my units and went for this Craftsman system. All the components use the same 19.2 V battery. I have a few batteries which I cycle and I purchase the tools I need when I need it. So far I have the: drill, scroll saw, fluorescent Lantern, portable vacuum, reciprocating saw and this portable air compressor. All use the same battery which makes it very convenient.
This particular portable air compressor has its own digital gauge (built in)
(digital readout: PSI or BAR)
While I have other portable air compressors for my bikes, they do not have a built in power supply, you have to make a harness to connect to your battery to make them function. All of my bikes have a battery tender connector which can also be used as an external power source, or to power your electric vest.
Another neat feature of this compressor is that you can SET the PSI required, and lock the TRIGGER to the ON position. As soon as it reaches the pre-set PSI, it turns off itself.
(compressor "in action")
It is so easy to use. Just connect the schrader valve, set the PSI to the desired pressure, pull the trigger (or use auto lock feature). It will stop on its own when finished.
Just to double check, I used another pressure gauge to check the results
(rear= 35 psi)
(front = 32 psi)
While technically the pressures should be read when the tires are COLD, I am now in the ballpark and it will be an easy chore to recheck in the morning. As you only have 2 tires, don't do what I didn't do, make sure you check your tire pressures often. There, I feel safer already
(no larger than a drill, very portable and self powered)