Sad day here north of 49*


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Sad day here north of 49*

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:59 am



I fought it for as long as I could, today I had to put the bike away for the winter. It was a sad sight seeing it parked outside the livingroom window with a thin layer of wet snow on it on Friday.It was all melted today so I thought it is time to put it up on the table lift along side the other project wing (80 naked) and the two parts bikes. very crowded work shop. Thus begins my annual winter depression, no riding till April 1st or so. :cry: :cry:


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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby themainviking » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:15 am

Well we have had sorta okay weather here in Great White Northern Ontario. We rode yesterday at 9C (about 48F) and today is supposed to reach 11C (52F) so I am still holding out on the put away. I have totally winterized the bike, but have put on 888 kms (555 miles) since winterizing and have burned all the stabilizer out of the fuel tank, so that needs doing again. I will hold off till they spread the dreaded white stuff (salt, not snow) on the roads. Then the winter depression will hit here too. I know how ya feel. I won't ride again in spring till we have had three good rains to wash the salt away. That will be mid April to early May, if it is anything like last spring was.

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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:24 am

Wow, North Bay and you're still snow-free? I have a good friend of mine that lives up there and she delights in sending me pictures of massive snowbanks in June, it seems. :)

OK, I've been there, I know it's not that bad, but surprised to hear that you're still on the road in mid-November!

It seems every year I make the decision to put the bike away at the first snow, then kick myself as we get several weeks of warm weather after that. So this year I'm waiting until the salt hits the road. Once there's salt, the bike riding season is over.

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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby brettchallenger » Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:41 pm

I am 4 degrees north of you but in England, so I am still riding. I went for a short ride out yesterday to the market, came back with a couple of live crabs for supper. I am sure they enjoyed the ride better than their eventual fate!
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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby csw4480 » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:31 pm

I hear you, I have avoided putting the bike away for the winter when we keep having this nice weather. 75 today but strong winds, 35 - 45 mph. Should be in the 50's this week but rain. I'm ready for Spring!!! Have a short winter.

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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:13 am

we had a nice sunny and not too cold day here today. It happens every year right after I put the bike away.On the other hand the roads are covered with anti-icing agent and what I assume is salt so it is a good thing I put it away. (deep sigh)
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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:49 pm

here we are one week later and as I look outside I see a white blanket everywhere. Its been that way for most of the week now and isnt likely to change till spring now.(even deeper sigh) on the plus side I now have time to do some of the upgrades to my ride that I have been wanting to do since the middle of the summer but was too busy riding everywhere I could.

I will keep you guys and gals posted on some of the cooler ideas and how I do them.In the mean time for those of you fortunate enough to live in warmer climates Take a ride for me once in awhile and tell me how much fun I had :D as always
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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:56 pm

Sorry mates,I could only get 240 miles in today.It peaked at 83.Hopefully it will cool down to the upper 70's Thanksgiving day. :D

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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby Pam » Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:27 pm

Sad here too. I have had the bikes away for about month now, mostly because of the short daylite hours. It snowed about 8 inches on friday so it is a definate no go despite the weather mans claim of temps near 0 or 32 next week. I am ready for spring because I am tired of winter :(

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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:25 pm

Sunny and 45 degrees here...still hanging on, I was out this weekend with my heated gear on. Still loving it!

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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:39 am

i've got the 1200 wing put up for winter but not the 1500 but i've been too busy to go riding. thursday and friday seem like good days to go riding before putting the 1500 in hibernation though
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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby Raj » Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:05 pm

I hear you brother, here in Grande Prairie Alberta there's no snow yet but it's cold enough that the 82 gl1100A doesn't even want to run properly. Makes some wierd noises when it's -5 C. So into the garage she goes for winter renovations. I think I might move back to the Okanagan...

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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby jenagle » Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:17 am

Supposed to be mid 80's today here in Kansas City. Logged 100 miles yesterday going to the local Harbor Freight for tools. I'll continue to enjoy the ride until we get bad weather. After that, it's project time until spring.

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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Oct 26, 2014 2:22 pm

This thread is 3 years old, but I guess it is still relavent for this time of year. As of yet I haven't even seen frost yet and I am still riding as well. 8-)
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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Oct 26, 2014 2:23 pm

This thread is 3 years old, but I guess it is still relavent for this time of year. As of yet I haven't even seen frost yet and I am still riding as well. 8-)
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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby CWJ73 » Sun Oct 26, 2014 3:58 pm

RoadRogue wrote:This thread is 3 years old, but I guess it is still relavent for this time of year. As of yet I haven't even seen frost yet and I am still riding as well. 8-)


The Weather Network is reporting current temp in Calgary as 5c (Feels like 1c) with mixed snow and rain overnight. My boys and I just came back from working on my bike and I would have to agree with the Weather Network. There is a good chill in the air. I really hope it does not snow because I don't want to put my bike away for the winter yet...
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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby redial » Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:31 pm

I still say that you must get paid extra to live in extremes like that! If it gets to 0C (about 32F), then we find other means of transport or some other things to do; but to get below that, and have snow, salt, and sand/grit to contend with, I can understand why you put your bikes away. We are just getting into the full swing of Spring, and already had a couple of days around 40C (about 104F), but a thunderstorm went through last night, with some rain, so the air has all been washed of the dust (as can be seen on the car today), but the weather is not bad.
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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby fixdent » Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:32 am

I wonder if he realizes that North Bay (from his profile) is not north of the 49th parallel. I live about 1500 kms northwest of North Bay and only 400 kms from the 49th. The 49th is just south of Cochrane. Torontonions think Barrie is north....LOL

ps. I just state this comment out of fun.....not trying to start anything.

I missed out on a nice weekend of riding, had to go to Thunder Bay to visit family in the hospital. Was wishing I had taken my bike. Only suppose to be 1c for the rest of the week now.
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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby CWJ73 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:22 am

This morning it was 6c with an expected high of 11c so I was able to take the bike to work. Happy Happy.

I have a somewhat related question. I am planning to winterize my bike (oil change, stabilizer, etc) this Friday, but there is a possibility of a few more nice weather days in the future. Am I correct in assuming that it is ok to run a tank or two (or three) of gas with freshly added stabilizer through bike and that this will not cause any adverse affects?
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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:59 am

CWJ73 wrote:This morning it was 6c with an expected high of 11c so I was able to take the bike to work. Happy Happy.

I have a somewhat related question. I am planning to winterize my bike (oil change, stabilizer, etc) this Friday, but there is a possibility of a few more nice weather days in the future. Am I correct in assuming that it is ok to run a tank or two (or three) of gas with freshly added stabilizer through bike and that this will not cause any adverse affects?


Correct, you won't do any harm. In fact, I normally do this - add stabilizer to each tank upon fill-up in the fall, so that when the time comes to winterize, the stabilizer is already there, throughout the whole fuel system.

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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby Raj » Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:05 pm

Would you recomend keeping the tank full or drain it to keep from varnishing up the carbs. I heard "seafoam" works as a stabilizer.
Unless we are blessed with a "chinook", I don't see anymore rides this year.

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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:47 am

Raj wrote:Would you recomend keeping the tank full or drain it to keep from varnishing up the carbs. I heard "seafoam" works as a stabilizer.
Unless we are blessed with a "chinook", I don't see anymore rides this year.


As long as your petcock is turned off, fuel is not going to get to the carbs. Put a good stabilizer in your gas tank (I use Sta-Bil Marine - the green stuff, not the red stuff, or Seafoam - both work very well as stabilizers), fill it up, and go out riding for at least 10-20 minutes to make sure it is mixed up properly, and fully fed to your carbs.

When you get home, close the petcock, and let the bike idle until the carbs runs out of gas - this can take a few minutes. Do whatever you can (opening the throttle) to keep it running as long as you can. When it is almost going to quit, opening the choke and twisting the throttle can help keep it going until it uses every last drop of gas in the carb float bowls.

Now your carbs are empty, there's no gas in there to leave deposits, and it will stay that way until you turn the petcock back on in the spring.

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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby Raj » Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:52 pm

Thanks for the advice, I'll do that this winter.
When I bought the bike last fall the previous owner thought the carbs needed cleaning and syncing. She runs rough at low idle but smooths out at higher rpm. Is there a product that will clean out the years of crud in the carbs or will it require the dreaded "carb rebuild" to return them to their former glory?
I'm also not sure about the actual mileage, I suspect that given the age of the old girl the indicated "27,000" is probably more like "127,000" km.
Anyway thanks for your "Wing-Wisdom" and untill the next cycle cannundrum, happy trails......Raj

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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby fixdent » Fri Oct 31, 2014 7:14 am

suppose to be 5c and sunny on Sunday.....if the roads are dry I'm heading out. It will the last ridefor the year.
After that it's snowmobiling at -25c.

is there a product that will clean out the years of crud in the carbs or will it require the dreaded "carb rebuild" to return them to their former glory?


My brother-in-law is a mechanich, and he swears by 'sea foam' additive in the fuel. He says it will clean out the carbs.

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Re: Sad day here north of 49*

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 31, 2014 7:47 am

fixdent wrote:
is there a product that will clean out the years of crud in the carbs or will it require the dreaded "carb rebuild" to return them to their former glory?


My brother-in-law is a mechanich, and he swears by 'sea foam' additive in the fuel. He says it will clean out the carbs.


Seafoam will do some amazing things - it is an excellent cleanser. But it can only do so much. It will help reduce buildup in the carbs where fuel is flowing. But if a jet or passage is already blocked, no additive of any kind is going to open it and clean it out - the carbs have to be removed and overhauled.




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