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Old 10-16-2013, 08:56 AM   #1
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Default Motorcycle Riding During Fall and Winter

Motorcycle Riding During Fall and Winter



There are a few things to look out for this time of year but here are two critical things to keep in mind this fall and winter season.
Leaves

Leaves are a huge hazard this time of year. When approaching a turn, curve, etc. scan ahead for the hazards close to the curb or shoulder. Avoid all piles of leaves. Hurricanes are going to make a mess of roads so consider not riding at all until the roads and power lines are repaired. If it snows and they put salt down, donít ride until it rains and washes the salt away. Salt can corrode chrome and paint.
As a precaution I always apply a coat of wax to all parts of the bike before I take it out in the winter. It will help to wipe off the salt if any gets on it.
Winterizing your bike

Some people stop riding in November. If that is you make sure you put the bike on a battery tender, put sta-bil in your gas tank, and fill the tank to the top. Use sta-bil every time you fill the tank if you continue to ride. If you are considering riding in the winter months consider getting heated gear.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:38 PM   #2
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No winterizing in Texas. But it DID get wet here this week.

You probably saw us in the news...lots of flooding.

4 days off the bike now...
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:25 PM   #3
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Also remember to stay sharp, It has gotten pretty damn cold, don't let that dull your senses. Try to buy some heated gear if you intend on riding through the winter.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:31 PM   #4
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good gloves are a MUST. If your hands get numb...good luck trying to stop fast
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:06 PM   #5
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good gloves are a MUST. If your hands get numb...good luck trying to stop fast
That's one of those things you really can't explain to someone, they only believe you after it's happened to them!
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:46 PM   #6
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That's one of those things you really can't explain to someone, they only believe you after it's happened to them!
yea I definitely learned the hard way I got frostbite in my fingers when I was younger so feeling isnt as sharp as normal when it comes to temperature changes etc and yea...the brain said "pull the clutch..PULL THE CLUTCH!!" and my hand said "go to hell..." I bought better gloves an the hand warmers you shake to put inside the gloves..its better but heated gloves are up on top of my list
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Anyone use heated grips? I'm thinking I may like that option better, if it works well.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:16 AM   #8
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Most of the people I ride with that have heated grips state that they're great for those cooler mornings and evenings whne you don't want to tog up with the wired gear. When the temps drop below the upper 30's they opt for the heated gloves, as most brands warm the entire hand, not just the palm, which is what the grips will do. Depending upon your location, if the temps don't fall deeper than the upper 30's a pair of JR Nitrogen gloves or Cortech Scarab's will keep your hands functioning and warm in those temps - without the need for heated grips. Below those temps, heated gloves are the best option, inmho.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:25 AM   #9
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definitely looking into some heated gloves, but they are @$&^& expensive

went for a couple of rides last week and had to shorten them a lot more than planned because I couldn't feel my hands.

the temperature was hovering around freezing
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No winterizing in Texas.

4 days off the bike now...
You remind me of the time I vowed to ride my bike the seven miles to my school every day of the year, just to piss the administration off by wearing black leathers to my classroom. It had been about a month since I had been behind the wheel of a car, and my wife sent me to the store for eggs.

I took her car, and when I pulled up to the first stop sign, I braced myself and planted both feet on the floorboard of her Accord "to stay balanced". I did this twice before realizing that I wasn't on my bike and stabilizing wasn't necessary.
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