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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-27-2008, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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I hadn't ridden my bike for several weeks, so I pulled off the cover and rode it to work yesterday. It was 39 degrees when I left, and 44 degrees when I returned. As it was a perfectly sunny day, it was very pleasant riding.

But I noticed one thing: my motorcycle skills had rusted just a little bit!

I found that I really had to pay a little extra attention to everything ~ technique, traffic, etc. Bundled up in warm clothes also made everything just a little bit more awkward (especially the dulled tactile sense through the thick gloves).

I'll tell you this: it felt so good to get out there, and I know my bike was glad to get out too. It took a few false starts to get it going (even though the battery had been on a tender), but when it fired up it purred like a contented cat.

Lots to think about in winter: black ice, loose road salt, cagers not expecting 2-wheelers... But it's worth it to keep the bike on the ready because there will be many dry days with the temperature over 40!

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-27-2008, 09:16 AM
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Yep I keep the bikes at ready all winter myself. Maybe I can get a ride in today if I can get my truck fixed quickly enough.

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"Winter riding" in North Texas is a piece of cake. It's supposed to be in the low 70s today.

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Yeh yeh. Rub it in.

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Well, if it makes the rest of you feel better, it's gonna be cold, cool to some of you, down here for a few days. Even supposed to get below freezing a night.

But as usual, the cold don't last down here too long.

Global warming? So what if my kids never see a polar bear. I never saw a dinosaur and I'm ok.
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we have 1.5-2 feet of snow, and the roads are all covered in 1/2 inch of slush.. enjoy your riding!!

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i will keep my bike ready to go for when mother nature permits, if im lucky there will be a few gaps to ride till' spring comes. i will tinker with the bike a bit & do some maintence
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We had snow earlier in the week, but the roads were dry enough this morning that I half expected to see a bike or two out . No such luck tho. Lucky beggars in CA, TX and FL with 12 month riding weather.

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A picture of me at our annual "Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade" this past Sunday. It was 4 degrees when I left the house in the morning and warmed up to a balmy 11 degrees by the time we took off.......I kept thinking to myself it was just 4 Months earlier I was in Sturgis, riding with Sunny skies and temps in the high Eighties!

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Here's one for all you year round nice weather pansies. My own personal mini-twisty - my driveway today. Thrilling ride... actually I'm not crazy, just jealous of my better climate compadres.
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