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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 05:24 AM Thread Starter
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Red face First ride 2017

Mother nature is giving us northerners a chance to get out early this year No salt on the roads means it's time to get the bikes out!!!

Be safe people. Drivers are not looking for us.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 07:56 AM
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3 feet of snow here in NH with lots of salt around. Looking forward to the day I can get the bike out of the shed.

1996 Shadow VLX 600

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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 09:02 AM
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Unseasonal 60+ degrees for the next 5 days. I'm gonna ride the wheels off of her.

2007 Shadow Spirit VT750C2, Ride bell by h13man, Ride cross by Capt D
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 09:49 AM
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Monday is my day i have ridden a few times this year already

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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 11:52 AM
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Not my first ride of the year, but it looks like there's a nice extended warm spell coming up and I'm ready to go...


We've just come off a nasty cold spell and the most recent snowfalls are just starting to melt away. We just got above freezing this morning and the temps are rising rapidly. The roads are pretty clear but, on the rural roads that I like to ride, I'm guessing there may still be some slippery spots in the valleys and shadows. I'll wait until tomorrow when it's supposed to get into the 60's.

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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-18-2017, 08:09 AM
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My bike was down for new piston rings in December but other than that I've been riding every chance I get even in 30 temps as long as the roads are dry. Yes I get a bit chilly on my way home from work and get grief from the co-workers about riding in those temps but that's what leathers are for, the cold days right......Lol

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-18-2017, 12:12 PM
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No way the street bikes are hitting North Idaho Roads right now, they are a sloppy mess.
The DR650 However is getting ridden regularly.
The "Frosty Bunz run" starts @ 9am tomorrow.

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The ones that don't see you, and the ones that are actively trying to kill you.
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-18-2017, 09:13 PM
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Had mine out yesterday and today! Never imagined I would be riding in February, and comfortably at that. It hit 17* today! Not sure what that is in American but I'm thinking pretty close to 70?

2006 Shadow Spirit 750
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-18-2017, 10:27 PM
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We had a beautiful 50+ degrees yesterday and I got a good ride in. Today back to rain and slop.

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1983 750 Shadow
From the past=
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1962 Honda 305 Dream
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-19-2017, 08:07 AM
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man Im lucky to ride year around in Tucson AZ. I did live in VA for 24 years so I had the winter months but had good weather to get a ride in here and there. not like up north. you get winter

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