This evening I cleaned the garage enough to wheel out the old Honda CB250. It hadn’t been run since late March 2009. The exhaust pipes had holes rusted in them, so the bike has just sat in the garage. I turned on the fuel petcock, let it sit while wiping dust from the mirrors, checking the oil level etc. When I hit the starter, I got a surprise. The battery was still up and the engine jumped to life. Guess it was a good gel cell battery. It was very cold blooded and would try to die if the throttle was cracked. I just let it idle for about 10 minutes while checking the tire pressure and putting in more air. The front was at zero psi and the back was about 12 psi. The little compressor made quick work of the task. The engine was warmed up, ran great so I turned it off and began taking the seat off to get the insurance card and registration. The paperwork had expired, so looked in the file drawer and found the new paperwork. Put those on the bike, got the helmet and jacket and went to the gas station for fuel. There was 182 miles on the trip meter and it took 2.28 gallons to fill it up. The last trip taken was 79.82 mpg. Guess I’ll put some fuel additive in the tank next time I ride it to help clean out the carb. I decided on a list of things needed for the Honda. I’m still deciding what else I’d like from that Rebel parts bike, that a adv inmate has offered. Here’s a photo I took today after the 10 mile ride to get the cobwebs out of the bike. It sure rides different than the DR650 and sits low to the ground. How did I ever ride it over the snowy Santiam Pass with full camping gear?