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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-21-2010, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Winter Storage? Nah!

It will be 70 and sunny tomorrow. Sure, it'll be in the 30s on Friday, but it will be in the 40s-60s from time to time until next spring. This is why I don't "store" the bike anymore. I keep the battery juiced, Seafoam in the tank, and I'm ready to go when a warm spell hits!

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Yeah, go ahead and rub it in. It`s about 0*F here today, or maybe even a degree or two colder, I`ve got a foot high snow drift to plow through to get in and out of my parking spot, and it is going to stay this way for at least a few more days. And to think just a week ago I was seeing bikes going past my house. I guess I just need to move a thousand miles south.

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Yep ER, same here, right now at 6:10 am its 59*F or so thats what the weather thing on my puter says... Supposed to hit 73* for a high, so my bike should get a good warm up & ride....
OHC, who was it on TV that used to say "Come on Down"...lol...
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I gotta high of 54 today but 62 tomorrow. I was out this Saturday for a solid hour and a half. Saw a few other bikers out too, it was about 50 but sunny and beautiful. I found a new ridin' road through farm country with a couple switch-backs. Man they're fun! The reservior was the intended destination but the pond was luck. Of course I had to stop and get pics. Pretty nice ridin' around here, I didn't realize it was so rural.

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^Good shootin LP, I especially liked the pond shots, with the reflected colors...
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MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
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Yeah, go ahead and rub it in. It`s about 0*F here today, or maybe even a degree or two colder, I`ve got a foot high snow drift to plow through to get in and out of my parking spot, and it is going to stay this way for at least a few more days. And to think just a week ago I was seeing bikes going past my house. I guess I just need to move a thousand miles south.
I don't know about that, Hoss. Every July-August - with the nearly unbearable heat and humidity - I wish that I was Alberta bound!

Great shots, LibertyPilot!

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A bit on the windy side, but the temp. did get up about 73*, and I did get in a decent ride of +/-180 mi., but just not enough twisties.........
Oh, well that stired the oil & grease up a bit anyway......
It was nice, with just a jacket, boots and chaps, so I should be pleased for a day or so, till the withdrawals set in anyway...lol... I'm beginning to love my Sportster about as well as "Clyde", so I may have to name him "Big Clyde".........
PS-Its dark and about 5:35 pm, and still about 70*, but the rain is supposed to move in tonight and no good outlooks for a while...
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MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
RoadKing Air Shocks, Mustang Seat, Progressive Fork Springs...

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I'm beginning to love my Sportster about as well as "Clyde", so I may have to name him "Big Clyde".........
Big Clyde, hmmm I don`t know, ....how about Clydesdale??

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Big Clyde, hmmm I don`t know, ....how about Clydesdale??
Yep, thats where the Clyde came from on the VN750... They both pull like a Clydesdale horse...
OHC-When I was a kid at home on the farm, my father was a cattle trader, and had traded for this big clydsdale horse, streight out of the log woods...
Well I had to work him in the corn, that sucker would squat and pull so hard that if the world had a hinge and that plow had caught on it, I know it would have shifted its axis, I reckon he was just used to snaking those big logs by himself, he would pull about 15'-20' and stop, then do it over again. ...lol...
So, I guess instead of as strong as an ox, I think about how strong that clydesdale was, and just used the short "Clyde". ...
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MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
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^ I never knew that's why Clyde was Clyde. That's awesome, it makes perfect sense. The 750 would leap at the tiniest throttle blip, to call it a Clydesdale is perfect. I'm glad I know that now!

Now that I'm inspired, quick story: I used to work at Upland Stables in Southwest Philly. I got to know horses (and Melissa) rather well. My favorite was Jake. He was brown all the way through, mane, coat, and tail all the same color - gorgeous horse, tall too. He was a brut authority horse so he got pissed if another horse passed him on the trail. If you rode him, you had to go first.

I would pull up to the last bend in the trail before the huge open field and turn him around so he couldn't see it. I'd hold him there and let all the other horses pass me, take the bend, see the field, then run their a$$es off across it. He got so pissed he'd start crow hoppin'. I'd play with him, taking the reins, gently tugging the left a little - then a little more. His head would turn little by little and as SOON as he saw the open field he would rocket for it! The first couple times I had to hold the saddle horn in order to stay on. I couldn't cinch up my hat tight enough to keep it on. I lost 3 before learning not to wearing one. He was going as fast as I thought he could because the wind was passing my ears at blazing speed - my eyes were squinting because they had to. Just for giggles, I gave him another spur to see if he had anything else. He put his head down and ran even faster, I couldn't believe it.

Just sayin' Old Dog, I know EXACTLY what you mean. Jake was 1300 pounds of pure muscle, I can't even imagine what a clydesdale feels like at 18 to 24. I went to one of the shows with Meliss and stood next to the Budweiser Clydesdales. There hooves where the size of baskeballs and the top of their backs where over my head. I'd kill to ride one.

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