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Wild ride today lol
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offroadfx4 Offline
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Post: #21
RE: Wild ride today lol
Definitely strange weather.

I think I understand the challenge of riding in all kinds of weather.

If it was a contest with a buddy, it'd be more fun.

I can remember shoveling snow with a buddy just to play basketball with gloves on!

From what you described before, you do have the perfect road/loop at the end of your driveway...that would help with motivation.

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04-16-2018 08:54 PM
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Post: #22
RE: Wild ride today lol
I do indeed have a great dry weather loop I like to ride when I want nothing but curves, but I have a list of 19 loops I ride depending on temperature (0 degrees to 100 degrees) distance (from 30- 200 miles), time available ( 1 hour to all day), conditions (wet, dry, wind, rain, snow) etc. Some of the loops are backroads only curvy loops... some are back roads mostly flat, with some curvy..... some are flat state highways.....some are backroads flat, backroads curvy, flat state route, and freeway combined. When weather is particularly cold or wet like it was like yesterday I will run a loop that is mostly flat, all state highway,with maybe some expressway. State highways and expressways get first and most complete attention from road departments when roads get iffy. Because they also get the most car traffic, they have the warmest surface temperature making it hard for snow or ice to stick. It just hits and melts, and that in turn provides the most adhesion for our tires.

When I leave I either tell my wife in person or leave her a note saying "The Loop" or " Stonelick Loop" or " 450 Loop" or "Airport Loop" etc and she knows exactly where I am going and how long I'll be gone. Plus she can see exactly where I am at any time with her " find my friends" app on our cell phones, which tracks my cell signal on a map on her phone.

Experience plays a large part in my decisions on when to ride. I have ridden in every condition from temperatures of -9 to +105 degrees, drought dry, torrential rain, blowing snow, sleet, hail, and high winds..and I've ridden in all those conditions multiple times. It's the environment which I live in. So other than accumulated snow and ice, which provide zero traction, I know how to ride in those conditions. Experience and good gear, are the foundation blocks of a year round rider.

Look, I'm not crazy despite what some people think. I don't take unrealistic risks. Believe me I have no desire to crash. Too old for that at this point. If I think conditions are too iffy, the bike stays in the garage and I stay in the living room staring out the front window wishing conditions were better. That has happened 13 times this year so far. 12 days in January and 1 day in February. But if I feel the conditions are safe enough to ride in, I'm riding.

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It doesn't matter what I ride, where I ride, or how far I ride... it only matters THAT I ride...every day...Ferret
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04-17-2018 06:14 AM
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The ferret Offline
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Post: #23
RE: Wild ride today lol
I also watch the news and a weather app to tell me the best time of the day to ride. Sometimes there will be a time frame where it's not raining/snowing, or the chances of rain/snow are the lowest.

Here's today's forecast. I will probably ride from 3 PM to 4:30 PM since it will be sunny and near the warmest for the day. In the meantime I will let wind and traffic dry and heat the road up, removing yesterdays moisture.

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During the heat of the summer, I will ride early in the morning or late in the evening when it's the coolest part of the day.

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2014 DLX and 2006 ST 1300

It doesn't matter what I ride, where I ride, or how far I ride... it only matters THAT I ride...every day...Ferret
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04-17-2018 07:14 AM
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peterbaron Offline
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Post: #24
RE: Wild ride today lol
lol...is there any company that makes one piece ship skin overalls including gloves, boots and hood ???, I think, I know someone who may need it Tongue...lol

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04-17-2018 03:21 PM
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The ferret Offline
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RE: Wild ride today lol
ok what's a ship skin?

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04-17-2018 04:32 PM
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peterbaron Offline
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Post: #26
RE: Wild ride today lol
(04-17-2018 04:32 PM)The ferret Wrote:  ok what's a ship skin?

sorry, misspelled it, sheepskin coat was meantTongue..lol...

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04-17-2018 05:02 PM
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The ferret Offline
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Post: #27
RE: Wild ride today lol
Oh sheeeeep skin ROFL

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04-17-2018 05:05 PM
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peterbaron Offline
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Post: #28
RE: Wild ride today lol
(04-17-2018 05:05 PM)The ferret Wrote:  Oh sheeeeep skin ROFL

you need one ROFLROFLROFL = completeTongue

Worship

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04-17-2018 05:08 PM
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offroadfx4 Offline
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Post: #29
RE: Wild ride today lol
Sounds like fun Ferret! Lol!

I wish I lived near you and was retired, I'll tag along!

2018 BMW K1600GT
2014 Honda CB1100 STD
1984 Kawasaki GPZ750
1978 Yamaha YZ125
1976 Honda CB750 (cost $1776 new)
1973 Honda CB350
1970 Honda 50 Mini Trail
04-17-2018 08:20 PM
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nhawk7504 Offline
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Post: #30
RE: Wild ride today lol
Ha. Let's not and say we did! Slippry when wet. I high sided in cold weather. That was it for me. Looks like fun though!
04-18-2018 12:12 PM
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