I rolled the little Beta 250 out of the garage this morning and messed around with its flat tire for a while. I couldn't find anything obviously wrong so I'm thinking that the tire was leaking around the bead because I didn't put enough pressure in it the last time I pumped it up to properly seat the bead. Hopefully I fixed it and I'll check it tomorrow morning to be sure.
I set up my Coleman instant tent in the yard for a couple of hours to make sure it was good and dry before I packed it away for the season. Since I can't think of a reason that I would need it this winter I'm just going to leave it in my storage room until I get back to Denver next spring.
I finished repairing my old American Furniture Warehouse sofa bed so now it looks and works like it used to but I don't expect my repairs to last for too long. I'll just be glad if I can get a couple more years of use out of it before I need to get another one.
When I bought the Yamaha WR 450 I also bought two, 2 1/2 gallon gas cans, this proved to be more gas than I really needed to be carrying around since my truck is a diesel, and I have no generator, the only thing using gasoline is my motorcycle, so I gave one can away.
So when I got the little Beta 250 it held even less gas so even one 2 1/2 gallon gas can seemed excessive. Then recently the gas can sprung a leak, well not actually a leak it was more of a weep, or a very slow seepage. I couldn't figure out where it was coming from so I poured all the gas in the motorcycle, filled the can with water and set it on the kitchen counter. And with a little bit of time and a lot of light I finally figured out where the leak was coming from.
It appears that while the can was sitting in its normal storage spot, which is in the homemade box in the bed of the truck, it had been rubbing against something which made a teensy weensy hole in the side of the gas can. I guess that says something about these cheap plastic gas cans we buy nowadays.
Back in the day when my vehicles were gas powered and I had several motorcycles, I used military Jerry cans to keep everything full. And other than their propensity for lighting up like a gigantic Zippo lighter from static electricity, they worked great and would last forever. But come to think of it I believe even the new military Jerry cans are made of plastic..... I guess that's progress.
I ordered another cheap plastic gas can from Amazon, this one is only 1 1/4 gallons which is about what the little Beta's gas tank holds. So now if my front tire doesn't go flat, and my homemade seat doesn't fall off, and my new gas can doesn't spring a leak..... I'm ready for my winter travel season.