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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone one else planning to ride through winter?

Hey guys,

I'm still riding up here in New York. I was wondering if anyone else was planning to ride through winter like me (southern folks don't count.)

And to anyone else who's done it before, any unusual trick/maintenance to keep the bike running great in the frigid weather?

Happy holidays!
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 09:34 PM
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Wow, that's impressive. I am really missing the road but I am not balsy enough to ride at these temperatures or when the gravel gets put down for the snow. More power to you. I am hoping for some decent weather to get one more ride in before the snow and ice! Be safe bro!


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I know I don't count... but it is nice to be able at times to ride in the middle of the winter in shorts, flip-flops, and t-shirt without having to get all bundled up (and STILL freeze!!!)


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I did our Chicagoland Toys For Tots Motorcycle Parade last Sunday (My ninth) and that is normally my last ride of the year barring any nice January/February warm ups that have been missing here in the Chicago area for the last couple of years despite the global warming cries. All I look for is dry roads and temps in the 40's to get the bikes out...........
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I did enjoy me trip up the Pacific Coast Highway to Newport yesterday. It was a little chilly, since it was around 62, but nothing really bad.

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I know I don't count... but it is nice to be able at times to ride in the middle of the winter in shorts, flip-flops, and t-shirt without having to get all bundled up (and STILL freeze!!!)

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Nobody should ever ride like that u_u
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Nobody should ever ride like that u_u
Awe Ceal, no fun... I was gonna try it tomorrow


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Still riding??

It was pretty nice yesterday (or so I thought,) you know, sunny and 40 degrees F. That is warm for this time of year around here. Anyway, I thought I would make sure everything was ready for winter. So I got it started to go fill up the tank. Put on my gear, and headed out the driveway. Around the corner I go, only to see a big patch of ice that basically covered my side of the road. Somebody's sump pump drains right into the gutter and it froze up in the last couple of weeks. So I have to swerve to the other side of th eroad to miss that.
Get to the gas station and fill up. Get home, pour in some more SeaFoam. Pull the battery. Park in garage. Put cover on.

Two blocks, a bunch of ice, da** cold.

Done for the season...

Alway do what you said you would do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.

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I keep it ready to go all winter cuz you never know when we'll get a nice sunny day in the 40s or even 50s. I rode a little 3 of the past 5 days, not too far or too fast, but ridin' all the same. It was low to mid-40s. Our Toys-for-Tots ride was on 12/3 and it was about 38, but some sun and dry. We had about 1000-1200 bikes. It has turned into a parade of sorts, a slow run for a couple of miles up our busiest main drag 4 bikes abreast with Wingers' ole ladies throwing candy to the kids...

"Shutting up rarely leads to anything bad"

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