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post #1 of 8 Old 12-30-2009, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Now I remember...

My folks left today. I took a nice ride around Mt Tam with my Dad a week ago when they got here. I rode the 73 Honda, Dad on the Killer. Then we got busy with Christmas and I didn't ride. Then I went to the ER and everyone agreed I should give it a while. Turns out "a while" means until my parents leave and Karen realizes that if she doesn't let me take a ride I will go fishing by myself in 'the wild' or just buy motorcycle stuff (woot woot, hello Held gloves).

Just did a nice, lazy ride through the headlands. There was a white chop on the waves and salt in the air and it was cold. A good bay area evening...tendrils of fireplace smoke scurrying about. I realized (again) two weird and intriguing things.

1) If I don't ride for a week or so I feel worse at it for about 5 minutes. Never felt that on a bike, playing sports, nothing. I don't know what it is. And I don't even know if I am less capable or just feel that way.

2) After the initial few minutes I feel like I'm 11 again. There is a certain aspect to our personalities that makes us want to ride a motorcycle. When I was 11, my grandparents lived in a little house that backed onto a gravel pit. You could skree run down the side of that thing so fast it was insane. That's how I felt. A week without playing guitar? Typical. A week without riding? Freaking disneyland.

To all those looking at salty, snowy roads, my heart goes out to ya.




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post #2 of 8 Old 12-31-2009, 02:34 AM
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I'm fixin' to go to the desert in a couple of days, so the K270s went on the bike today.

Of course, I needed to take the bike for a spin around the block to make sure they go around and around.

It's raining here today. Off I went, shorts, flip flops, no helmet, eyes closed and tongue stuck out to taste the rain, up the block and back a couple of times.

Yeah, I'm 11....

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post #3 of 8 Old 12-31-2009, 09:47 AM
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To all those looking at salty, snowy roads, my heart goes out to ya.
It's no problem, Dan.. Those of us in the snow are spending our time getting bikes ready, making modifications, and making plans for the upcoming riding season.

One thing I learned a long time ago was that enthusiasm about riding is heavily based on the rider's length of riding season.. If you don't believe me, go ride with a Canadian.

I didn't ride yesterday. Double A and I went and picked up my new (14 year old) VFR 750. I actually brought it home while it was snowing out, but I admit that it was behind my truck in Double A's trailer. Once getting it to Double A's heated garage the bike was given a good cleaning and inspection to see what needs to be addressed before the riding season..
This involves sitting in a garage and drinking beer (the other thing we do when we can't ride) and talking about motorcycles.



I read your post about the snow and got up and shot this photo of my back yard...


Under that cover is a 115+HP winter motorcycle that doesn't have a speed limit during daylight hours (in Wisconsin).. I actually dress more heavily for a 45 degree motorcycle ride than I do for a 10 degree snowmobile ride and still get too warm on snowmobile with it's excellent protection and heat from the engine. Electric start, reverse, heated grips and helmet faceshield, all make for a comfortable ride..

I'll be on it in a couple hours, and am actually riding it to a New Year's Eve party tonight.

So, while sending your heart out to us is very nice, in reality, I'll just be an 11 year old, giggling as I fly down the trails... (and yes, I giggle behind that heated faceshield)
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I knew you'd make out allright, Dan.

I've never been on a snowmobile. I bet it's fun.




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Even here in the snowbelt along Lake Michigan I try to stretch the season to 9 or 10 months, but we've been BURIED this last few weeks and more coming.............

December temps showed up in November this year too.

Bummer. If I buy a snowmobile it'll all melt. Murphy's law.
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If I buy a snowmobile it'll all melt. Murphy's law.
That's what I thought, but I bought one anyway.. Now I'm blamed everytime it snows.

Currently up in Rhinelander, WI where they're not supposed to get much snow.. Going home tomorrow could be an issue since that dumping starts about halfway home.

IF I can get home, I'll have 8" of fresh powder to ride on, though..
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For those in the snowy areas. Can you ride those on public roads to go to work?

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For those in the snowy areas. Can you ride those on public roads to go to work?
Not "legally" but I've done it a few times.. If the roads are closed due to weather, they're open to snowmobiles..

I can legally ride the 2 miles from my home to the local trail system, though.. And I do..

And at a touch under 10 mpg, I don't ride to save gas.
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