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Some riders...

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:09 pm



So we got quite a bit of snow over the weekend. We've been under a snow emergency since Saturday morning, and it won't end until Monday (tomorrow) morning. I had just finished spending two hours with my snow blower clearing my driveway and sidewalks of roughly 18 inches of snow. I was low on ethanol-free gas for my snow blower, so I headed off to the local gas station to pick some up.

It's 11F (-12C), the roads are barely plowed, the snow is still coming down. And what do I see sliding sideways into the gas station? A guy on his Harley trike!

I said to him as he hopped off, "you got some kind of guts coming out in this!"

He said, "my car's busted, and we're out of beer."

Can't argue with that, I guess.

Harley trike in snow
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Post by LeMaitre » Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:28 pm

The brakes failed on my truck just before New Years Eve. Ended up having to use the snowmobile because I didn't trust two wheels on ice and snow till the truck got fixed. In the summer time I just ride the bike until the truck is road worthy again.

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Post by redial » Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:28 pm

You poor people. Sliding in the snow, while us real people, commonly called Southerners, are sliding on surfboards, swimming, motorcycling, more motorcycling, and enjoying the outdoors. Keep your chins up, it only has about two months more to keep you indoors.
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Post by LeMaitre » Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:39 pm

redial,

We do get outside in the wind and the cold. We just change our vehicle a bit. [youtube]



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Post by minimac » Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:03 am

If he's the "typical Harley rider", he spent the next five hours shining it up after driving two blocks to get get beer! :D

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Post by 89 1500 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:19 am

Many years ago when I was in my twenties I was with my guys having coffee before work. There was four to five inches of sleet/snow on the ground here in central Texas. We were all b.sing about riding in it and here comes a big guy ( made the 1500 he was on look small) slowly rolling by in insulated coveralls radio wide open and a grin. I didn't have major traction issues that day in my truck because there wasn't a layer of ice first as is the norm here. We all thought he was crazy though. I guess now we can get a Texas snowmobile I've seen them around. They're called Can Am Spyders should be pretty good in snow.

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Post by landisr » Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:13 pm

Back in the 70s in Michigan, my buddy had a home made sidecar on his BMW, and he rode back and forth to work (40 miles each way) year round. He even went so far as to mount a CB so he could listen to the truckers talking about that idiot on the bike in a blizzard. He loved breaking in and saying something like "oh, we're not all that crazy...". Someone would come back saying "uh oh! He's got ears!!" Then silence.....

Nowadays he rides a 2 wheel drive Ural.

Gotta love him.

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Post by themainviking » Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:02 am

Well, it is not as if he is in any danger of falling down. And I can understand the out of beer statement. What does any self respecting Harley rider do on a cold winter day.
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Post by hwydoc2 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:34 pm

89 1500 wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:19 am
Many years ago when I was in my twenties I was with my guys having coffee before work. There was four to five inches of sleet/snow on the ground here in central Texas. We were all b.sing about riding in it and here comes a big guy ( made the 1500 he was on look small) slowly rolling by in insulated coveralls radio wide open and a grin. I didn't have major traction issues that day in my truck because there wasn't a layer of ice first as is the norm here. We all thought he was crazy though. I guess now we can get a Texas snowmobile I've seen them around. They're called Can Am Spyders should be pretty good in snow.
Actually they don't move worth a s###; however, you do not have to worry about tipping them over and having to pick them back up. Have a 2014 RS Spyder in addition to my Wing. Spyder is on Craig's list.

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Post by 1goldwingnut » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:55 pm

I regularly rode my 1100 to work down to 13 deg f. as long as the roads were clear. About 4 years ago 28 deg f. clear roads and only a 20 percent chance of snow, mostly clear skies , I took off for work at 5:30 am. 10 miles into the 22 mile ride their was light flurries. Too late to turn around. By the time I was 2 miles from work their was 2 inches of snow on the road. Fortunately it didn't feel slippery even at 45mph. Every one thought I was totally bonkers. By the time I went home the snow had melted and the roads were clear.

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Post by Northwings » Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:49 pm

When I was young, about 50 years ago, I rode almost every day of the year here in Maine, where we get serious snow. On a trip to CA for the Yamaha dealer show on an XS11 with a tent camper, we ran into a blizard in Utah that had I-15 at a crawl. I rented a U-Haul truck and put the bike and trailer inside, but the truck ran so poorly I turned it in at the next town and forged on with the bike. We rode most of the way from Salt Lake City to Saint George, almost 300 miles, in that storm. Today I wouldn’t go any farther than across the yard in snow. Fishtailing on two wheels has very little chance for recovery; my bones are too old; bike parts are too expensive and let’s not forget what salt does to aluminum.

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Post by SlowTyper » Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:14 pm

I live in South Dakota, and have for >20 years. Before that, I lived a decade in Iowa.

For 30+ years, I have made it a point to ride my bike at least once every calendar month. (For me, a ride only counts if I hit 60-MPH.) I have been successful attaining that goal all but a handful of months during the past 30 years. Most of the time I was not successful, it was due to working on my bike during the slow winter months.

Unfortunately, I missed last month! January was especially cold and I was out-of-town for the week it was the warmest. The good news is that I do have my February ride in already! (It hit 40 today.)

My criterial for riding is no patches of ice longer than 3 feet -- my overwieght Wing is just to heavy to pick up if I dump it!

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Post by Soupcat 1920 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:26 pm

I too like to try and get a ride in during each month of a calendar year. I’ve lived in North Dakota all of my 50 plus years on the face of the earth. My criteria is distance not speed and the roads must be clear. I also tend to ride a much smaller bike, my CB400F. Sad to say this year I haven’t been on a ride since October.

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Post by raven41951 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:53 pm

Back 49 years ago I ran my 305 Super Hawk year round, mainly to college and home, about 10 mi rt. There were a few excursions in the bad weather times and I missed a few days while clearing snow. That bike took a beating. The Goldwing does not see the ground once the road salt is out and until the second good dousing rain in April that washes it all away. All for reasons previously mentioned. Temperature is not an issue but road salt is the killer. That said, I haven't been on it since last March 9 when I popped the meniscus in my right knee (in Florida). I am now on the tail end of a total knee replacement and expect a full season's ride this year, except for when I'm out shooting trap.

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Post by SlowTyper » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:24 pm

Last October, my wife and I took a trip to the Grand Canyon. We did not take our Goldwing due to the weather. But on our way through the mountain pass in Colorado, we saw this...


(Sorry, the picture was taken quickly out the window as we drove by. So it is not the best -- but you get the idea.) What this guy may not have known at the time was the road got so icy a couple miles ahead of him that semis and several other vehicles were getting stuck because they couldn't make the grade. We sensed trouble up ahead when the signs mandated that truckers 'chain up.'

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Post by dtrider » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:28 pm

I'm another one who will typically ride year-round as long as the roads are dry. Luckily here in the Boise area we typically don't get much snow even though it might get fairly cold at times.

A couple years ago my wife and I took a trip to Deadwood, SD in June. We thought we would be fairly safe from the cold weather, but our route took us over the Big Horn mountain range in northern Wyoming. The weather was turning bad as we started up, but I figured we would be over before it got too bad. Just after we went over the pass and headed down though I spotted a snow-plow coming up the road, with his blade down. I thought this was not a good sign. Not sure why he had the blade down, but while it got cold and windy, we didn't actually run into snow.
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Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:18 am

dtrider wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:28 pm


A couple years ago my wife and I took a trip to Deadwood, SD in June. We thought we would be fairly safe from the cold weather, but our route took us over the Big Horn mountain range in northern Wyoming. The weather was turning bad as we started up, but I figured we would be over before it got too bad. Just after we went over the pass and headed down though I spotted a snow-plow coming up the road, with his blade down. I thought this was not a good sign. Not sure why he had the blade down, but while it got cold and windy, we didn't actually run into snow.
Most likely, he was just skimming an inch above the pavement to catch rocks that had rolled down onto the pavement and scoot them over to the berm.
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Post by FM-USA » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:35 am

I've been riding 24/365 for the past 8 years.
My previous low temp rides were -17*F about 5 years ago.
Late in the 1970s, -21*F but that was only 3 miles, didn't have good clothing then.

Last month on Tues (Jan 29) pool league bank sign showed this chilly temp.
Roads were clean and just glad where I had to go was nearby.
I now have clothing that can handle it, but not riding long in this temp.
JUST to be sure the Wing started, I warmed it up after each of my games.


Next morning woke up to this temp on our back porch. [ -26.3*F ]
Pix is from my NUBEE IF temperature gun. NOT accurate but it is close.


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