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post #1 of 25 Old 01-20-2010, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Southern Riders.. Why don't you ride??

I figure this'll get under a few people's skin, but it's bothered me for years and I'm hoping someone can settle me down..

As many of you know, I work on paper making machines (hence, the user name).. With this, comes almost weekly travel to some part of the country. This is where the issue comes in..

Why in the world don't Southern riders "RIDE"? I've been in Baton Rouge all week.. 70 degrees during the day, and I haven't seen a half dozen bikes. The paper mill I'm working at has several hundred cars in the parking lot, and 3-4 motorcycles in the bike parking area.

IT'S FRICKEN BEAUTIFUL OUT, yet nobody's riding??

At home, I've taken to snowmobiling in the winter to keep the mind settled due to lack of motorcycling.. A foot of snow is better for the sled than the bike, anyway. But, when I come down South (flying, and working 2-3 days) it drives me batty to see nobody on motorcycles when the weather's perfect for riding..

This isn't just this week.. I've been doing this job for 20 years and it's always been something I've noticed..

At home, if it's 70 degrees out, you can't swing a dead cat by the tail without hitting someone on a motorcycle.. Are only Yankees true riders???
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post #2 of 25 Old 01-20-2010, 09:44 PM
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If you're talking pup mill maybe it's the smell. Used to live by one in FL. Goddamn.




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If you're talking pulp mill maybe it's the smell. Used to live by one in FL. Goddamn.

Yeah, pulp stinks.. It's how you get white pulp for white paper..

But no, I'm talking the ENTIRE SOUTH (not Southwest)

Virginia to Texas, and everthing in between... Towns, highways, parking lots, you name it, there's no bikes out.
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Paper, living in the greater Dallas area I see the same thing. I actually look forward to the riding season.....that is the months from around October to March. The kids are back in school, motorhomes / vacationers off the road, and the posers have their bikes polished and safely tucked away in the garage. What I see most of in the winter months are strangely, sport bikes followed by a few adventure type bikes like ours and even fewer hard core harley types. My boss which has an Ultra Glide and me are the only ones at work that ride regularly in the cold.

That said, I define cold as temps of 40 or so. Below that I just find riding not enjoyable. In some previous posts I was bellyaching about the weather here as we had a cold snap with temps down to 12 that lasted a couple of weeks. Feeling the itch and needing to scratch it I did suit up and ride a few times but I looked and felt like the Michelin man. I hate the cold.

My job also requires me to travel and I am currently in Independence, KS. Been here since Monday and have not seen even one bike on the road and it has been in the 50's. We were here last June and I know this town is FULL of Harleys, lots of Harleys, disproportionally so for a place of this small size. Weird. Not bashing, just saying.

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post #5 of 25 Old 01-21-2010, 10:24 AM
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Man, we got bikers to spare. Can we send some of the more squidlier ones your way?




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Living in the snowbelt 70 degree days are a dream come true.

We're getting into the 40's next few days and on and off rain to rinse the salt !!!!!

I'm shocked up here the midwest we get these freak 40+ degree days and there's
pretty much only me riding. So many people winterize and bring the battery in the
house n' trickle charge that it's not worth the bother. A great many more have
scooters in attached garages so they don't winterize, but pull it out in the drive
once a month on said 40 degree days and run it for 15 minutes, then MAYBE around
the block.
I don't get it either Paper. Being that I'm only an hour or a bit more from you our
weather is identical, and we view this subject the same. By March I'm riding
regulary and daily by the end of April. Until the snow flies again in November.

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Yeah I hate the smell of those "pup" mills as well but it's better than those "kitten" mills I guess ;-)

Cheers,

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post #8 of 25 Old 01-21-2010, 09:38 PM
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Nice.

Although, to be fair, where I lived if you called it a pulp mill no one would no what you were talking about.




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I live in VA, metro DC area. Very few bikers are out lately. Once I got the Gerbings, I was riding no matter how cold. Unfortunately, one night when leaving work it was 16 and the bike simply wouldn't start (I think I drained the battery as I was running a jacket liner and gloves. That's a lot of watts). Yesterday was high 30s around 10pm and on the way home just happened upon one bike. That day I was running errands, not a bike to be seen. Not even at the dealership I went to. Today I had to drive because of the threat of sleet on the way home. About 2 or 3 days ago it was really nice in the high 50s and all sorts of noisy types were out riding. I hadn't seen those bikes for quite some time.

(I happen to be from NY, so does that negate me riding in the south in the winter?)

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Im not really in the south, but I do know the amount of bikes out this time o year drops. If the roads are clear I try and get out at least once over the weekend. I tend to see mostly Beemers and sport touring riders out this time of year. Im riding Sunday down to La Veta if the roads are still clear, supposed to be in the low 30s but the Gerbings keep me toasty. Hwy 12 known as the highway of Legends is calling my name, can you guys hear it too? See there it is again...
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