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Nov 18, 2011
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Granbury Tx
#1
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 :rider:
 
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Nov 18, 2011
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Granbury Tx
#5
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.
 
Joined
May 20, 2004
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12,097
Location
Austin, TX
#9
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. :duck: But I rode. :clap:
 
Joined
May 2, 2004
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Great State of Texas
#10
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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#12
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.
 

KenH

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Lost in space
#17
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.
 
Joined
Jul 27, 2010
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granbury,tx
#18
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.

 

mitchntx

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Granbury
#19
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.
 

KenH

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#20
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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Granbury Tx
#21
Did Oklahoma 144 from Antlers to just south of Big Cedar at hiway 259 Christmas evening, In a manual transmission jeep, in the dark and in the fog.
It was so much fun I have to go back on the bike and hit that route again.
The map doesn't accurately depict all those great curves.
 
Joined
Apr 16, 2012
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Dublin, TX
#26
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 :rider:
No wonder we didn't see each other. I was coming back from Lubbock. It was 4 degrees when i left. Got to Dublin at about 4pm
 

KenH

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#27
Rode the RX3 to breakfast yesterday morning. 18*F, no heated gear, no windshield. Walked 2 miles to get to the bike before the ride, too. Love those Hippo Hands--can't wait to get the heaters under the grips.
 
Joined
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Granbury Tx
#28
Rode the RX3 to breakfast yesterday morning. 18*F, no heated gear, no windshield. Walked 2 miles to get to the bike before the ride, too. Love those Hippo Hands--can't wait to get the heaters under the grips.
Where did you get your hippo hands?
Neither of my present bikes has proper hand protection for below 50 degree temps, even though the Strom has grip heaters.
Really cold weather is the one time I actually miss our K1200LT.
 
Joined
Feb 11, 2015
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Location
Katy, TX
#30
On January 7th I broke my personal low temperature riding record at 22 degrees. I know, it isn't as low as some of you have done, but it is my personal record. I do have heated gloves and love them. Only had to go up to medium heat (three settings), so still have room for lower temps.
 
Joined
Jul 16, 2012
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Near San Antonio
#31
I have no idea what my personal low temp while riding was, but I do remember there was a lot of white stuff on the ground, and the road leaving the light was actually frozen. The rear just spun with zero forward momentum for a few. Then I got going, and made it to work, more or less on time. It was an interesting day I'd rather not repeat.
 
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Nov 18, 2011
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Granbury Tx
#33
My personal best ( most idiotic? ) was -5f.
Back in the 70's, newlywed, 1 car and two incomes in opposite directions.
Did it on a Yamaha DT400E.
Glad it was under 3 miles.
 
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