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Winter blues in canada

#1 Unread post by Larry Culling » Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:54 am

Missing my ride, I had to go and get some measurements last week and it sure is sad to not be able to go riding now.

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Re: Winter blues in canada

#2 Unread post by sunshine229 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:36 pm

Hi Larry and :welcome:

I'm not sure what you mean by measurements but I definitely know what you mean about missing your ride through the winter! Even whilst living in the UK for the past few years I've had to put my bike away for the winter and it sucks. But it's pretty darn near Spring here so I'm about to be relieved from my winter blues! ;)
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Re: Winter blues in canada

#3 Unread post by noobie » Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:20 pm

Fer-sher... it's snowing here in Seattle. That means no riding for me :(
Although, the weather is supposed to get up to a high of 40 this Saturday - that's my ride day :)
One of my fellow commuters sent a pic on FB of his bike in the driveway, just as it started snowing - he parked it from the commute. He's bold - I would never ride in weather that cold. But, I am curious, is it any more dangerous to ride in snow than it is in rain (at very low temps)?

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Re: Winter blues in canada

#4 Unread post by jstark47 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:33 pm

noobie wrote:But, I am curious, is it any more dangerous to ride in snow than it is in rain (at very low temps)?
Yes. It is more dangerous. If you have to ask, don't do it. I suppose if you had tons of dirtbike experience, and a lightweight 250 dual sport, you might manage. At least for a little ways. Until you got tired of picking the bike back up.
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#5 Unread post by Larry Culling » Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:04 am

I drive truck part time, going into Toronto last Friday I met three bikes on the 401 and that really gets the adrenalin flowing, just had to give them a big blast on the air horns and a big wave. It was a beautiful day, no coats type of day but the breeze would have been cool on the bikes. To have a Feb. bike ride is a rare thing in Canada, but would be real cool. Having just joined the Southern Cruisers has helped with the PMS ( parked motorcycle syndrome), as we have a group breakfast once a month, had a wii party three weeks ago and had a bowling night last sat. night with a three chapter get together. It is great to met so many new people with the same interests. Have just signed up to take a course at the end of March to be a road captain or tail gunner on club rides. These positions are needed when riding in large groups so as to be able to split the group into smaller groups for road safety, every little bit helps.

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#6 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:24 am

Missing your ride... I know how that is.

I see you just joined the Southern Cruisers. I've been a part of that group in Calgary since 2000. It's a really good group and you'll have a lot of fun riding with them. I got to ride all over Alberta, parts of BC and into the USA as well.

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Re: Winter blues in canada

#7 Unread post by Gummiente » Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:57 pm

Larry Culling wrote:I drive truck part time
Welcome to TMW! I drive truck for a living, too...

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...but I don't suffer from PMS. :mrgreen:

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#8 Unread post by Larry Culling » Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:04 am

That is great Mike. I love getting up in the hills in your area, I'am planning a ride up to Teds Road Range Diner at Meaford early in the season. Have you been over there? we attended a bithday party for the brother-in-law in Norwich last night. The wife made the cake for him as he just turned 65 and bought a new Harley last year it was not hard to decorate the cake, she decorated the cake with a Harley on it and a skelton sitting on the bike. Banners on the aerials read getting old is manditory, but getting smart is an option. We may meet you on the road up there this summer.

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#9 Unread post by ZRex » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:02 pm

...but I don't suffer from PMS. :mrgreen:

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#10 Unread post by ZRex » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:08 pm

Welcome.

Spring and Summer will be here before you know it. Time flies by way to quickly which is usually a bad thing, but in this case I won't mind it speeding by so I can get back on the road.

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#11 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:47 pm

Larry Culling wrote:That is great Mike. I love getting up in the hills in your area, I'am planning a ride up to Teds Road Range Diner at Meaford early in the season. Have you been over there? we attended a bithday party for the brother-in-law in Norwich last night. The wife made the cake for him as he just turned 65 and bought a new Harley last year it was not hard to decorate the cake, she decorated the cake with a Harley on it and a skelton sitting on the bike. Banners on the aerials read getting old is manditory, but getting smart is an option. We may meet you on the road up there this summer.

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Definately have to meet up and go for a ride when I get back to Calgary. We also organise TMW Pub meet, ride and/or greet nights as well you (anyone is) are most welcome to join in on the fun if you like.

I've been to Saskatchewan only via train across it (VIA rail) but what a beautiful place to see a sunset, I've always wanted to ride there (the closest I got was an hour west) and will have to do it when I get back.

Sounds like an awesome 65th B-Day party! What model of H-D did he treat himself too?

LOL, love the banner on the aerial idea.. haha. :D

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#12 Unread post by hakx » Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:50 pm

Depressed. The forecast tonight recommends that all the brass monkeys are to be brought indoors due to a balmy -47 C. with windchill.

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#13 Unread post by Gummiente » Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:56 pm

hakx wrote:Depressed. The forecast tonight recommends that all the brass monkeys are to be brought indoors due to a balmy -47 C. with windchill.
If it helps any, I just put my Ural up for sale today. Now I won't be able to "pee" anyone off with winter riding pics anymore.
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#14 Unread post by bikerguy » Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:26 pm

Icant wait for warmer weather. I need a ride fix bad

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#15 Unread post by Fargo360 » Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:07 pm

Ughh...I feel all of your pain. With the new ride sitting in the garage, and the beginning of the melt on...I just want to get out there and ride. Then we go and get a forcast telling us to look forward to another wonderful march blizzard...yippy :rant:
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#16 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:02 am

Fargo360 wrote:Ughh...I feel all of your pain. With the new ride sitting in the garage, and the beginning of the melt on...I just want to get out there and ride. Then we go and get a forcast telling us to look forward to another wonderful march blizzard...yippy :rant:
Oh, I feel your pain!

This might be the last time before I leave the UK to go back to Canada that I can ride every month of the year. :(
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#17 Unread post by hakx » Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:31 pm

Well, I braved it today. We have had three days of melt and the roads where clear. I fired up the bike that I have been staring at since last November and rode to the gas station. Went for a trip around town..got a little braver..went on the Hwy to open it up. 1000 needles hit every exposed flesh bit on my body so headed back to town. I decided that this wasn't going to beat me, so I put on my riding layers of fleece and gore tex , as well ask a neoprene mask. MUCH better. Went for a 27 Km trip but wished I had brought earplugs for the drone of the aftermarket Vance and Hines, and wind noise.

Now I have to put the bike to bed for another month, as I half to leave the area for a course. (booooooo).

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#18 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:37 am

hakx wrote:Well, I braved it today. We have had three days of melt and the roads where clear. I fired up the bike that I have been staring at since last November and rode to the gas station. Went for a trip around town..got a little braver..went on the Hwy to open it up. 1000 needles hit every exposed flesh bit on my body so headed back to town. I decided that this wasn't going to beat me, so I put on my riding layers of fleece and gore tex , as well ask a neoprene mask. MUCH better. Went for a 27 Km trip but wished I had brought earplugs for the drone of the aftermarket Vance and Hines, and wind noise.

Now I have to put the bike to bed for another month, as I half to leave the area for a course. (booooooo).
Isn't it great to get out and even do a little riding? I bet you can't wait till it's just a little warmer :D

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#19 Unread post by hakx » Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:42 pm

I was thinking of all you Calgary folk and your freak snowfall at the time LOL

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#20 Unread post by High_Side » Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:37 pm

hakx wrote:I was thinking of all you Calgary folk and your freak snowfall at the time LOL
It's gotta be bad when the northern AB contingent are pointing and laughing at our weather...... :rant:

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