The R50 is a bit cold-blooded. It starts on the first or second kick, but it takes a while for the carbs to warm up so that off-idle acceleration is smooth. On this chilly day, the machine was fine once I was out for about 10 minutes. The motorcycle just smoothed out its acceleration and felt much more powerful. As usual, a series of stops around town were no problem, and the long way home was a pleasure.

Along the way, the machine celebrated 38,000 miles on a deserted back road with an open field of grass stretching off into the distance. Just as it should be…

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