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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-17-2006, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Took the vulcan out for a ride this afternoon. I like to once a week or so, get 'er warmed up, use all the moving components, keep fresh gas in it.

Beautiful day too, here in Tacoma. Sunday, dry, no wind...but 36 degrees F.

My riding suit kept me warm. A balaclava under the helmet kept my head warm, my gloves did a pretty good job, my fingertips were cold by the time I got home...but my feet were cold, wrong boots I guess.

The more I ride the more I enjoy riding. And man, the vulcan is good in the cold weather. I've been looking at Sport Touring machines (more my riding style and better weather protection) but the vulcan runs so good and is so good for commuting I'm having a hard time getting rid of it.
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Sat home and watched Lord Of The Rings today.

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Put my stator in, mounted the engine back in the bike.
Found BB shipped me the wrong gasket for the front bevel gear.....
Try local dealer tomorrow.

Would have been a great riding day, sunny, 74 degrees.

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Brrr? 36 is way above my new low temp limit of 27 (that was only cause the bike wouldn't start that morning). I do about 15 miles to work (12 on the highway). The biggest thing to adding the warmth for me was a kick ass set of gloves and my cheap ass ebay windshield.

When we get back to the way below zero stuff I may begin to wear the extra pants, but the jeans, a leather jacket, fleece neck gator and full helmet are plenty for me to ride to/fro work the long way of course.
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Brrr? 36 is way above my new low temp limit of 27... When we get back to the way below zero stuff I may begin to wear the extra pants, but the jeans, a leather jacket, fleece neck gator and full helmet are plenty for me to ride to/fro work the long way of course.
I commute like you do (20 miles round trip, a good portion on interstate/highway), but I find that the cold weather gear needed when the temperature dips below 35 is annoying to put on/take off on a daily basis. (Unfortunately, my work clothes are not biker clothes!) Even so, like Imnohero, I plan to get out regularly throughout the winter, if only for short rides.

My Plexifairing 3 windshield sure helps. And a balaclava keeps the head toasty. For cool days my Thinsulate-lined Wrangler jeans and lined leather bomber jacket feel great; for colder days I don insulated Carhartt bibs and my down jacket.

Don't you worry about the dreaded black ice when the temperature falls below 32?! I know that "all of life is the exercise of risk," but...

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I have about the same kind of commute...10 miles one way, about half on the highway. I'll ride to work in the cold, but I draw the line once the temp drops below freezing. Primarily because of the ice hazard. It just ups the risk level too high for me. If I lived somewhere that it was dry and below freezing, I'd probably ride...but here in Tacoma, it doesn't get below 32 and stay...so we get fog, dew, whatever you call it every night, then the temp drops...pretty high ice risk in the mornings.
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I'll keep driving my bike to work, not a long commute, no highways, as long as this freaky warm spell holds up. We're still getting up to 65-70 degrees every day here in Texas, very strange for this time of year, but I'm not complainin'.

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I to am loving this Texas weather. I wasn't going to ride today because of rain, but decided to chance it anyway. I do about a 16 mile commute round trip. My bike looks just like yours Steve. Its a 1994 also.
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Hey trsm4, you're in Hurst, we're maybe 10 minutes apart. We'll have to get together for some riding one of these days.

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