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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone one else riding through winter?

Happy Thanksgiving brothers,

Eat a lot of turkey (not too much), spend time with your loved ones, and give heartfelt thanks for every little miracles that have brought you this far.

And if you have experience riding through the rigors of winter, share your tips to keep the VN running great in the frigid weather.

With warm regards,

Archange

PS: how do you edit titles? I put an extra "one" in there.

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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 04:46 PM
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Well, in Texas our daily average temps have only been 76 so i suspect i will continue to ride until my teeth start to chatter


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not me. one word.....black Ice! ok, two words. doh! lol

if it goes vroom or boom, I LIKE IT!
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post #5 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 05:41 PM
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post #6 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 06:23 PM
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I'm up in Massachusetts and although I put her in the shed, she's still road ready. I'll probably try and get some short rides in every month or so. If we get a lot if snow then that'll change things though. Got a seafoam mixture in the tank so I hope that helps.

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Hmm....she was on the back when we left.... ??
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Well I ride year round (or did until that jerk rear ended me) and the weather was in the 80's a week and a half ago. THEN I headed to work in the low of 28 degrees... now its pouring and in the 40's. Does that count? lol

In the super cold weather I hook up a battery tender if the bike is going to sit without being started for more than three days (Weak electricals on these bikes you know. It will normally start no problem if I don't hook up the tender but I don't like to spend 5 minutes with it backfiring and waking the neighbors up at 5 in the morning). Once a month (Or two) I add a bottle of carb cleaner or IsoHEET to the tank. That keeps the bike running good and starting right.

For dry weather I wear a Tourmaster jacket (actually wear it year round, best 300 dollar investment I have ever made) with a liner if needed. For dry really cold weather I add in a set of CarHart insulated overalls. Add rain pants if its raining. For the gloves I really like the new ones I got from CycleGear. There the "BUILT" brand. Not the highest quality but I have a local store and anything BUILT has a 5 guarantee so if it blows a stitch or anything I take em back for a new set. Word of warning though... Their gloves are sized really small. I normally wear XL gloves and had to buy 3xl gloves so they wouldnt be too tight when I add a set of glove liners.

Until I was attacked by an idiot in a honda thats how I have been running with ZERO bike or warmth problems.

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" I ride year round (or did until that jerk rear ended me) and the weather was in the 80's a week and a half ago. THEN I headed to work in the low of 28 degrees... now its pouring and in the 40's. Does that count?"

Oh yeah that counts bro. Wow good to know all that man. I really need to get some good cold weather gear. Got a decent leather jacket but need chaps etc. I found that regular people gloves let air flow through so your fingers still freeze, lol. Anyway, best of luck with getting resolution
from the Hondiot's insurance.

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Converted ACCT's to manual (thanks wib714)
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Customized hard bags w/ lights
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Hellcat windscreen
LED running lights
Home made 'Vita-Volt' meter
Foot rests on engine guard
Tunes

Hmm....she was on the back when we left.... ??
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although I put her in the shed, she's still road ready. I'll probably try and get some short rides in every month or so. If we get a lot if snow then that'll change things though.
Well I'm in Southern Tenn., but about the same thing Dave said applies for me...
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Last year was my first season of riding and I laid it down in November so I did not ride that winter. This year I intend on riding whenever I get the chance and there is no snow or ice on the roads. Here in NJ we can have any kind of winter so I am just hoping that we have a few clear days while I have time off from work. That is one of my reasons for working a midnight shift, free time during day light hours.

and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
**Really not sure if the Big "C" is back right now
but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
going forward. Five operations done and it still continues.

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