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52 degrees and sunny

April 16, 2009

Signs that spring is springing in Seattle:

PX under the cherry tree

The PX amid the cherry blossoms (Orin O'Neill photos)

Cherry blossoms are everywhere.

California license plate

So are cars with California license plates.

Joe called to say the GTS needs a new throttle body, which Big People will have to order, which means the GTS will be cooling its heels (?) in Georgetown until the part arrives. As I’ve said, at times like these, having two scooters is a good thing.

The PX needs to be ridden, especially on a sunny, relatively warm day like today. I enjoy riding on Alaskan Way, with its views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Peninsula. Lots of other riders must have thought the same thing.

Two-wheeler parking

Two-wheeler parking near the Viaduct

The clumps of scooters and motorcycles in the de facto parking spots are particularly thick.

Scooters and motorcycles parked near the Viaduct

More bikes are parked at the other end of the block.

More 2-wheel parking

More scooters and motorcycles parked near the Viaduct

Neither of these places are strictly legal parking areas, but Parking Enforcement must figure it would be more trouble than it’s worth to ticket everyone. Especially since traffic and pedestrians are not being hindered in their movements.

The PX, parked

The PX is just another face in the crowd here. It would be nice to have a job in a place downtown where parking in one of these spots would make sense. It appears the Viaduct will be replaced by a tunnel (assuming the money can be found), which means the Viaduct will continue in use until the tunnel is completed. So motorcycle and scooter riders will able to continue parking where they are for many years to come.

The PX got a long-overdue bath last night, and I must say it’s lookin’ good. Favicon

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4 Comments
  1. Dalton permalink
    April 17, 2009 2:37 pm

    Nice pics! That’s because that’s my blue Stella there. 😉
    Nice surprise to see it in your pics.

    We call that area the Viaduct Clusterf*ck. Sometimes it can get really crazy there with a ton of motorcycles and scooters when the weather’s nice. The best time to park there is when the weather is wet and cold. Plenty of parking then!

    Also, I want to say I enjoy reading your posts!

  2. April 20, 2009 8:11 am

    It is fatal to visit Seattle in such weather. One falls hopelessly in love, and never, ever, sees this sunny disposition again. A life of pining is most unsatisfactory.

    A throttle body on a fuel injected engine? Frankenstein lives!
    I am sorry about the GTS; when they run, and run well, they are such glorious machines, so addictive.

  3. April 20, 2009 10:34 am

    Yes, all fuel-injected engines have throttle bodies… that’s how the air gets to the combustion chamber. The fuel is, of course, injected downstream (or in some cases, directly into the combustion chamber).

  4. April 20, 2009 11:43 am

    Yes, what I meant was that taking the moving (sticking) part of the carburettor and putting it into the fuel injection is taking the worst of the best, if the simplicity of the venturi is the preferred solution. I grow to dislike motorcycle fuel injection the more I am exposed to it in all it’s complexity. It is our fate though.

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