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    It hit 64 degrees here today, after a month or three in the 20's, 30's and 40's. Boy, you think...riding season! Too bad it was 25-30 mph winds, cloudy and a threat of rain.

    I know it's coming, the "season", but I also know that a ride now, even if it gets into the 50's periodically, is going to be a one-off, and I'll be left with a bike whose storage status has been altered by the insufficient internal combustion of a "short-ish" ride, unlike that in warm weather where you can count on motoring for at least couple of hours, minimum. Just enough heat during that short excursion to leave the engine, which had been in a dreamless slumber for the past 3 months, with enough residual moisture to undo all the good hibernation was doing.

    Ah, who am I kidding? If it gets warmer (high 50's) and stays there, those bikes are getting a wake-up call. Just not right now...

    Sound familiar?

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    "Sound familiar?".........Nope. I'll be riding tomorrow. I live in Arlington. Supposed to be 46 and sunny. Probably ride for 6ish hours.
    Mine only slumbers a weekish at a time.

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    The winter in KY has been warmer than normal and there is been way below average snowfall. This first week in February was the first real taste of winter with overnight temps in the 20's, and next week we will have overnight temperatures in the single digits for 5 or 6 days.

    Riding is out of the question for me until the spring rains come and wash all the salt off the roads - there is a thick layer of white dusty salt dried on the roads and it is incredibly corrosive!

    I have been working on a 1968 Suzuki K15P Hillbilly! It needed cranks seals, chain and sprockets, carb cleaning, fork boots and seals, and a headlight lens and all the bulbs. If the ground stays frozen I am likely to take it on a few short rides around my hayfields. It has been many, many years since I last rode/raced a 2 stroke motorcycle (1978 Ossa Phantom)....the smell of 2 stroke exhaust sure brings back a lot of memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumpin View Post
    The winter in KY has been warmer than normal and there is been way below average snowfall. This first week in February was the first real taste of winter with overnight temps in the 20's, and next week we will have overnight temperatures in the single digits for 5 or 6 days.

    Riding is out of the question for me until the spring rains come and wash all the salt off the roads - there is a thick layer of white dusty salt dried on the roads and it is incredibly corrosive!

    I have been working on a 1968 Suzuki K15P Hillbilly! It needed cranks seals, chain and sprockets, carb cleaning, fork boots and seals, and a headlight lens and all the bulbs. If the ground stays frozen I am likely to take it on a few short rides around my hayfields. It has been many, many years since I last rode/raced a 2 stroke motorcycle (1978 Ossa Phantom)....the smell of 2 stroke exhaust sure brings back a lot of memories!
    "My hayfields..." Now THAT piqued my interest. Having worked on a ranch in Wyoming in the late 1950's to 1961, I have memories of bailing hay and throwing bails (and learning to be careful turning over bails in the field, to dry them, so that a rattlesnake didn't surprise me). I remember fields that stretched far into the distance, and being miles from civilization.

    So...how big a spread have you got, Thumpin? What are you doing with it? Got to be a good story there...

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    Even a couple hours can help improve your outlook on life. Last week I took a little break from the snow and went down to southeastern WA.. It was sunny and temps in the low 50's so I jumped on the back-up bike and headed out. Thank you mother nature, it felt so great to ride. Maybe only about 120 miles total, but twisty roads and river views seemed to be just what the doctor ordered. At this time of year and with all the covid/political mind grind, I say 'smoke em if you got em" and go for it. Now I'm back shoveling and the temps are suppose to drop to single digit for the weekend, Damn you mother nature! But the SEASON is close, I can feel it.

    I spent lots of time in hay fields growing up, but rattlesnakes under hay bales does not sound fun. We tucked our jeans into our socks so mice wouldn't climb up our legs, but snakes!! No Way

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    i think the GT will roll today - forecast is for cold next week, so now seems appropriate -
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    Supposed to be a high of 68F the next two days. Think tomorrow will get the bike out and take a trip somewhere. No salt on the roads here as haven't had any bad weather. Still have to be mindful that there may be a bit of sand around from an icy spot.

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    Northern Kentucky and Ohio are getting snow tonight........and this is likely to be one of the coldest weeks so far this winter.

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    I got to spend some quality time with my Kawasaki!

    We got around 4" at home, 9 mile drive to work and we had 8"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumpin View Post
    I got to spend some quality time with my Kawasaki!

    We got around 4" at home, 9 mile drive to work and we had 8"!
    Didn't want to tackle that by hand?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Runmyownlife View Post
    Didn't want to tackle that by hand?
    No....the driveway goes 300 feet up the hill to the road!

    We only got about half an inch last week, and it was going to get warm and rain the next day......so I did shovel by hand and I only cleaned 2 tires tracks up the hill.

    This time we will be below freezing for the next 10 days or more - so it needed some internal combustion help to go away.

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    Three days ago, the geese were chasing each other around like horny teenagers, squirrels were gathering nesting material, the sky was blue, the robins were singing and spring was just around the corner.

    This morning there's 6" of snow on my deck, and after a workout and breakfast I'm now preparing to shovel the snow. It's a reminder that Mother Nature loves to tease, then pull the rug out from under you. But in the end, it's going to be a gorgeous spring and summer, and I'll be taking full advantage. For now...it's the toil of winter...again.

    Sigh...

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    Yeah, no kidding!!
    I got 10” of snow on my patio now expecting another 2-6” tonight!! I love the snow but not when you have to measure it by the foot’.

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    We may not have the terrific roads you have, specially some of those in the US, but we can ride every day, and I commute all year round. We never get snow or ice, though the temp sensor does start flashing when it gets down to 3C on my early morning winter rides to work as it thinks there may be some ice. This only happens a few times in winter, and when it is that temp it is dry. If there is rain around, it will always be above 8C, so no chance of ice.


    Edit to add, it hit 38C on my ride home from work today, just for those of you sick of the cold weather.

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    I am on the very tail-end of the storm that is hitting Washing and Oregon. It is 50 degrees F and drizzling here this morning. While I sure wouldn't want to experience the cold temperatures, snow, ice and accompanying power outages that they are experiencing, I do wish we were getting some of their rainfall this winter. It is looking like another dry summer again this year. In the meantime, once the drizzle ends and the roads dry out, I will be able to go riding. All I need to do is to decide which motorcycle to ride today. Decisions, decisions.
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    We got a fairly good snowfall this past weekend...total of about 8-10". Just a week ago, our daffodils were starting to sprout. I suspect once this storm system is gone (we're already melting snow like crazy), temps are going to warm up and we'll hit 60 degrees within the next two weeks, at least once.

    The riding season is almost here...have faith! Funny, though, how a few months without riding is enough to make you question your sanity. Riding is really a wonderfully Zen-like activity, where so many other things in our human existence (politics, for one) are just the opposite.

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    I think spring is coming - I saw deer moving around in my yard!
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    It just hit 80 degrees F at my home today. That is the warmest day so far this year. It is supposed to cool off tomorrow and get back to normal (55-60) a day later. Still no real rain in sight, unfortunately.
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    LOL, they are buried in snow.

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