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Old 12-18-2016, 01:13 PM   #1
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Where is everyone?

Went for a short ride this morning, about 120 miles or so.
No bikes in Granbury.

No bikes in Bluff Dale
No bikes at Loco Coyote
No Bikes in Stephenville.
No bikes at the Toad

Such a beautiful day. 17 when I left, 22 when I got back.
Nothing beats a sunny Sunday morning ride
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Old 12-18-2016, 02:06 PM   #2
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They were doing the toy run I guess...
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Old 12-18-2016, 03:35 PM   #3
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Re: Where is everyone?

You crazy
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Old 12-18-2016, 09:24 PM   #4
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Re: Where is everyone?

You cray, man
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Old 12-18-2016, 09:45 PM   #5
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You cray, man
Well............yeah but I had a plan.

Have not ridden the two bikes I now own in cold weather, so I wanted to see if the heated clothing I had would work with the air flow patterns on these bikes.

V-Strom, lasted about 10 miles. A 10 gigawatt capacitor enhancement wouldn't have pumped enough juice to survive the temps.

Valkyrie Interstate, put about 120 miles on it, last 5 were no fun at all.

Problems I found, which is what I intended the ride to do, were airflow between fairing and radiator pods ( overcame this with neoprene knee wraps )
and airflow on the footsies. The F6 engines have great heat emitting pipes under the heads, but foot control location won't let me take advantage of that.
Toes just hang out in the polar jet stream.
Also noted that airflow over the fairing goes directly onto the fingers and in temps like this it just overpowers the heated gloves.

So know I know what has to be done to the Honda to make it winter worthy.
The Strom just needs warmer temps.

Guess for a cold weather bike I need to pick up a used Goldwing, or...................gulp, another beemer. Darn German machines manage airflow like nothing else I've ever ridden.
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Old 12-18-2016, 10:56 PM   #6
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Re: Where is everyone?

I've been down at the swimming pool all day. Nobody was there either!
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Old 12-19-2016, 01:50 AM   #7
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I've been down at the swimming pool all day. Nobody was there either!
There's crazy..................and then there are the truly insane among us


Was Mitch with you?
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Old 12-19-2016, 06:02 AM   #8
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Old 12-19-2016, 07:59 AM   #9
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Re: Where is everyone?

Wasn't bad commuting in on the K1600 this morning. Lowest I saw was 21 degrees. Heated gear on mid. Heated seat and grips on 3 of 5. Helps that I only went 10 miles. But I rode.
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Old 12-19-2016, 09:23 PM   #10
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Rode to get donuts for the family Sunday morning. Today I rode to get a haircut, then pick up some stuff for Christmas dinner. Being one Family Medical Leave Act (haha it blurbed out ***A) with a newborn means I take whatever time on two wheels I can get.

I did see one bike today. He was further up ahead and it looked like a BMW or KTM type adventure bike.

I learned good gear makes a good difference, along with layers. I was pretty warm, and was probably more affected not by the cold, but by how annoyingly bulky I felt.
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Old 12-20-2016, 08:30 AM   #11
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Re: Where is everyone?

the valkyrie's a heated gear all in itself.
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Old 12-20-2016, 08:49 AM   #12
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I'm here

Rode yesterday. Excellent day to be out on the VTX.
Even though Low to mid 30's. The bright sun shine and lack of
wind made for a very enjoyable errands run.
No real need for more than a light jacket, warm sweater and
some long johns under the jeans.
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Old 12-20-2016, 10:33 AM   #13
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Was Mitch with you?
No.

I was freezing my tuchis off in a deer blind near Johnson City.
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Old 12-20-2016, 10:38 AM   #14
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No.

I was freezing my tuchis off in a deer blind near Johnson City.
good times. i hope you scored.
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Old 12-20-2016, 10:47 AM   #15
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Been a decent year ...



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Old 12-20-2016, 11:00 AM   #16
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Old 12-26-2016, 05:31 PM   #17
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Re: Where is everyone?

I only get to ride one or two days a month. I ride whatever the conditions. Still have TW wheels with studded tires if the opportunity presents itself.

Maybe this year Deals Gap will get a blizzard (rare, but it happens). I've stomped the Dragon in sunshine and under the stars, dry and in the rain. Only challenge left to conquer is ice and snow. Hence, studded tires for the TW. My dispatcher understands. I'm a lucky guy.

Oh, and right now I'm parked behind a consignee in Concord NC for 33 hours waiting for employees to show up and unload this trailer.
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Old 12-26-2016, 05:54 PM   #18
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Been working on trails for the trials bike and riding them.

Got a 8 point buck thursday morning, and did not go hunting. He only took out the passenger side glass rack.

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Old 12-26-2016, 06:42 PM   #19
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Ouch .. bad time of the year to be driving at dawn or dusk. With this weather, anything in between is dangerous as well.

Glad you are OK ...


Norton John and I had a Roscoe at Big Cup and then 100 miles of county roads this afternoon.
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Old 12-26-2016, 08:17 PM   #20
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Nothing to see a half dozen dead deer per mile along some stretches of road through NW Tennessee and W Kentucky, and the carcasses are picked up on a regular basis to avoid even more collisions with scavengers. Think of all the coyotes, vultures, opossums, and dogs that could be saved. I see cages all the time flipped or up on a guardrail from trying to avoid a deer or scavanger. Would be nice if the deer hunters were more effective at population management.
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