Mid Winter Whinging
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Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:39 pm quote
I had to take my fly screen off yesterday to get a bit more cooling air on my chest. Also dig out my summer gloves.

Sorry wrong thread.
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Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:12 pm quote
Winter sucks.
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Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:23 pm quote
wmak wrote:
Winter sucks.
today

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Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:31 pm quote
tdrake wrote:
WLeuthold wrote:
tdrake wrote:
50 and sunny in January? Well alrighty then![/img]
Looks like Cannonball prep day.

Did you try this road with the throttle wide open?

Bill
Heh. No.

I've grown pretty comfortable riding gravel, but I ain't got that much faster.
I was kidding. I gradually increase speed on these but never get over around 50 mph. I prefer asphalt.

Nice photo.

Bill
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Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:03 pm quote
WLeuthold wrote:
tdrake wrote:
WLeuthold wrote:
tdrake wrote:
50 and sunny in January? Well alrighty then![/img]
Looks like Cannonball prep day.

Did you try this road with the throttle wide open?

Bill
Heh. No.

I've grown pretty comfortable riding gravel, but I ain't got that much faster.
I was kidding. I gradually increase speed on these but never get over around 50 mph. I prefer asphalt.

Nice photo.

Bill
Aye, I knew you were...my response just fell even flatter.

It does appear therell be some dusty or muddy!) runs on the CB, tho. 😳
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Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:48 am quote
For the last 6 years or so I've been riding thru the winter here in NY. I always coated my older dual sport with ACF50 before salt got spread on the road. Replaced that bike with a new model this year and never got around to coating it. It's to new to destroy with salt. So in the last month I've only ridden twice I think. Now there's ice, snow and salt everywhere, no way I'm riding in this crap. Heated grips just arrived for my older scoot and that's going on the road as soon as the ice clears. I miss riding in the winter.
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Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:44 am quote
While I was planning on riding all year round here in CA. I got sidelined by my registration paperwork and now the money to reup the registration to make her street legal again...

I fired her up yesterday for the weekly warm up. Spot checked the lights and turn signals. Sat on her. Revved up the engine a little. Sighed and then shut her off.

I'm experiencing the winter blues of not riding but not due to weather...sigh
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Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:23 pm quote
Meanwhile, back at the Shore...
Back from Boston, and after a decent night's sleep, conditions were finally nice enough (40 F never felt so toasty...really) to get scooting. I pulled the cover off Melody, put the key in and nervously punched the starter button. I needn't have worried: engine jumped to life with barely a shudder. (Was a bit worried about the battery after two weeks in the frost.) Put about eight miles on for good measure while errand-running. Fingers still feel the need for serious winter gloves, but otherwise it felt so good to be out and rolling again.

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Oh...also took out the Xmas tree. It was blocking this.



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Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:23 am quote
I miss fireplaces. We had 4 of them in the house i grew up in.
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Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:32 am quote
judy wrote:
I miss fireplaces. We had 4 of them in the house i grew up in.
I'll trade you a fireplace if you can send me your weather, beaches and all season riding without the need to wear 10 layers and plug in gloves.... Ok so you get the occasional fake missile warning but hey it's a small price to pay.....

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Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:24 am quote
There's always Rat On A Scooter to kill time.
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Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:46 am quote
Re: Meanwhile, back at the Shore...
amateriat wrote:
Fingers still feel the need for serious winter gloves, but otherwise it felt so good to be out and rolling again.
I suggest getting heated grips, I can help you install them if ya need help.
Nice to know you have working fireplaces, in our Brooklyn brownstone rental, the fireplaces exist but haven't functioned since the last 50's I believe and since I only rent haven't tried to fix it up, it would cost some mucho dineros
I rode my Vespa this morning in the rain and just got back roads are slick but not too cold to ride.
I have had to check tire pressure more often than not these past 3 weeks as temps dropped and so did the pressure in the tires by a few points instead of 26 and 29PSI it was like 22 and 27PSI. I dislike having to pump air with my bicycle pump in the cold. But Im not complaining yeah right I am complaining damn it
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Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:34 pm quote
Re: Meanwhile, back at the Shore...
baba12 wrote:
amateriat wrote:
Fingers still feel the need for serious winter gloves, but otherwise it felt so good to be out and rolling again.
I suggest getting heated grips, I can help you install them if ya need help.
Nice to know you have working fireplaces, in our Brooklyn brownstone rental, the fireplaces exist but haven't functioned since the last 50's I believe and since I only rent haven't tried to fix it up, it would cost some mucho dineros
I rode my Vespa this morning in the rain and just got back roads are slick but not too cold to ride.
I have had to check tire pressure more often than not these past 3 weeks as temps dropped and so did the pressure in the tires by a few points instead of 26 and 29PSI it was like 22 and 27PSI. I dislike having to pump air with my bicycle pump in the cold. But Im not complaining yeah right I am complaining damn it
baba: major thanks for the offer (and the first beer's on me when we finally meet up), but I'm going for the gloves on account of (1) really wanting something that works independent of the bike, and (2) the ability to easily get the gloves warmed up before firing the bike up, bypassing issues of necessary warm-up time for gloves/grips. (Besides, the cold doesn't stop the moment I get off the bike, especially if I might still be out-of-doors a while longer.).

Anyway, I had a haircut appointment early this afternoon in Red Bank, some twelve miles away. In addition, I had to send a small, defective Epson printer of Le Wife's back to the company via FedEx after they shipped a replacement to us just before we got back from Boston. The first trip was done in 35 F weather, with Las Googles directing me to the Garden State Parkway and Rt. 18 heading home, at speeds up to 75mph; the second, much later, was more like 26, forcing me to break out the glove liners, even at speeds lower than the previous trip. The bike seemed to be loving every chilly minute, but will need a spray-down Friday when temps hit the 40s on account of road salt. (Ann's car finally went through the car wash last week for the same reason; salt doesn't discriminate.) A good 33 miles today, and my fingers are just limber enough to type this.

As far as filling tires go: that's why I popped a bit over $100 for a small, oil-lubed air compressor last year: comes in pretty handy for Melody (and even the bicycles when I'm changing tires/tubes on more than one wheel), but seriously came in handy a few weeks ago when Ann's car suffered a mysterious slow leak in the right-rear tire, which eventually was diagnosed at the local Costco tire shop as a rather stealthy nail. (Not-so-fun fact: most car flats occur in the right-rear tire, at least in the U.S.; makes me wonder what it's like in places where they drive on the, er, other side of the road.)

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I also got sick and tired of non-working gas-station coin-op pumps.

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Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:49 am quote
Seen on my way home up the coast. It SNOWED.

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Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:30 pm quote
judy wrote:
Seen on my way home up the coast. It SNOWED.
Yikes...paradise done froze over?
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Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:40 pm quote
amateriat wrote:
judy wrote:
Seen on my way home up the coast. It SNOWED.
Yikes...paradise done froze over?
No paradise in my minds eye contains anyone wearing pink stretch pants :-\

Mind you it could be I'm a little bitter as in a few minutes I need to plugin my glove liners, put on the balaclava and ride home in slush. Actually only -4 now though so can probably do without the balaclava. Getting my money's worth out of the traction control this winter for sure.
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Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:41 pm quote
107*F yesterday. Today 105. Vespa rider needs emergency lubricant.

156*F on court at the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne.

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Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:07 pm quote
Sledge wrote:
107*F yesterday. Today 105. Vespa rider needs emergency lubricant.
Now whatever your wife calls you and what happens behind closed doors is your own business kind sir...
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Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:36 pm quote
Harbinger wrote:
Sledge wrote:
107*F yesterday. Today 105. Vespa rider needs emergency lubricant.
Now whatever your wife calls you and what happens behind closed doors is your own business kind sir...
Never thought of using beer in that way. Could catch on like Bitcoin.
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Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:41 pm quote
Sledge wrote:
Harbinger wrote:
Sledge wrote:
107*F yesterday. Today 105. Vespa rider needs emergency lubricant.
Now whatever your wife calls you and what happens behind closed doors is your own business kind sir...
Never thought of using beer in that way. Could catch on like Bitcoin.
I can just see the branding now I believe you already have a XXXX beer there so not so much of a stretch.
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Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:02 pm quote
36* C in Sydney. Too bloody hot to ride 😊
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Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:49 pm quote
Cold weather riding is an acquired taste. Each winter as I get a little older it takes longer to acquire. Took a ride this morning -- a few errands and meetings. Just shy of 10F on departure. Thank the stars I finally wised up an bought a Tucano Termoscud apron. Wow. What a difference that makes.



At the end of the morning it warmed up a few degrees. Made this picture on the ramp to US 322 for the run home. The Termscud stays in place at 65mph.
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:45 am quote
Yesterday saw one of the heaviest storms of our so called winter. Didnt prevent me from riding my Gts from Hafa to Jerusalem and back. So much fun! Wind back -up to 120kmh winds- on the return 140kmh to the electronic rev limiter with almtost no gas. I dont know why in hard weather I feel safer on the freeway on my Vespa than on my Xadv. Feel I can control it easily as it is light and low.

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Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:11 am quote
Dirty, a bit rusty, and wearing unflattering winter clothes. But ridden every day...

Stay warm peeps!

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Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:27 pm quote
Sledge wrote:
107*F yesterday. Today 105. Vespa rider needs emergency lubricant.

156*F on court at the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne.
heheh I like that
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Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:24 am quote
Where I am the roads are wet and salty and it's now snowing. Grrr...
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Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:26 am quote
Boo, after a week or so of not freezing cold temps and dry roads the snow is back . It was nice getting out on both bikes and not even having to wear heated glove liners. On the bright side we are well in to winter now and spring only a few months away.
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Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:31 am quote
Lucky sod. I haven't seen a dry road for weeks. Just wet and salt being laid. I can take cold but don't want salt on my scooter.
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Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:18 am quote
It gets cold in North Florida, but never too cold to ride.

Last night the scooter club's dinner ride was 15 miles east, toward the beaches to Brucci's Pizza.

Four of us rode in 45F out and I rode the highway back in cooler temps.

The ride out felt very cold while the ride home was not too bad. Avoiding the stopping must have helped.

We will have a warming trend for the remainder of the week. Into the 70s F by Friday. That makes for some nice riding.

Bill
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Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:24 am quote
Jammy bugger. Doesn't sound too much whingey.
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Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:07 am quote
Attention wrote:
Jammy bugger. Doesn't sound too much whingey.
Nah, he just likes rubbing it in
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Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:14 am quote
Harbinger wrote:
Attention wrote:
Jammy bugger. Doesn't sound too much whingey.
Nah, he just likes rubbing it in
Sort of a half whine.

It truly felt very cold riding out on the terrible Beach Boulevard.

I had put the liner in my Alpinestars jacket but it was still a little light for the temperatures.

I had layers of tee shirt, long sleeve work shirt and sweater under the jacket.

Blue jeans and light winter gloves. No long johns.

For the return I used a neck muff that helped significantly.

Looking forward to the warmer weather.

Bill
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Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:22 am quote
-6 degrees Celsius, more snow coming.

Sight.

But...as bragging is much more healthy to you than whining (right?), only two nights to the annual, largest motorcycle exhibition in Finland. Including Europa's longest(or so they claim) indoor test ride track, 600m one round. Good for your soul, often, in the end, bad for your wallet....

There would also be a brand new Vespa GTS300 to test, but because of 3 bikes/person limit I'll have to skip it for now.
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Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:39 am quote
I honestly don't even want to venture out in the car during the winter months let alone a scooter. Mine have been winterized and covered for a couple of months now. The other day I saw a guy on an older Japanese motorcycle on the freeway riding at about 70mph. The temperature without the wind chill was 7F. Insanity! It had to feel like 35 below at least to that guy. It is extremely rare to see any two wheeled vehicle on the roads from December through February around here.

Bob
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Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:50 am quote
Got out on both bikes a couple of times in the last few weeks, our weather is always squirrely hereabouts. One week snow and temps in the teens F, next week 50s and sunny. Mostly I don't ride much because of all the salt/brine/whatever they slather on the roads if it even looks like snow.
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Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:24 pm quote
Mid Winter Whinging
Weather Update,

The Super Bowl is being held in Minneapolis Minnesota this Sunday.
Thousands of visitors are flying in for the event. They will be met by
straight up -10 Below Zero Fahrenheit. If there is any wind, flesh can
freeze in less than one minute.

The Frost Bite Falls tradition continues. I can just hear those visitors as they jet away (1000 Private Jets have landed at our airport) saying "Why the heck do
they live up there?".

Bob Copeland
Minnesota

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This was a sign on the wall for our group scooter ride to Austin Minnesota Spam Museum

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Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:03 pm quote
Re: Mid Winter Whinging
Bob Copeland wrote:
Weather Update,

The Super Bowl is being held in Minneapolis Minnesota this Sunday.
Thousands of visitors are flying in for the event. They will be met by
straight up -10 Below Zero Fahrenheit. If there is any wind, flesh can
freeze in less than one minute.

The Frost Bite Falls tradition continues. I can just hear those visitors as they jet away (1000 Private Jets have landed at our airport) saying "Why the heck do
they live up there?".

Bob Copeland
Minnesota
Meh, I grew up in Montreal. The women and food are worth it. Way more "movie nights" in my dating years when it was too cold to do anything else.
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Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:39 pm quote
Sledge wrote:
107*F yesterday. Today 105. Vespa rider needs emergency lubricant.

156*F on court at the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne.
I've seen the Boag advertisement on a few Rugby Matches pitch's. I'm not sure I can get it here in the US. Is it good, or just the good cheap local beer?
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Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:53 pm quote
Sacto Monkeyboy wrote:
Sledge wrote:
107*F yesterday. Today 105. Vespa rider needs emergency lubricant.

156*F on court at the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne.
I've seen the Boag advertisement on a few Rugby Matches pitch's. I'm not sure I can get it here in the US. Is it good, or just the good cheap local beer?
Its good stuff. More top shelf, rather than bogan beer.
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Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:52 am quote
winter
it is snowing again, not expecting too much, just enough to mess up the roads... again. oh well warmer weather is coming.
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