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Old 10-19-2012, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Are you a seasonal or all year round rider?

I'm going to winterize my bikes this weekend. As far as I'm concerned, it's over for another year. In SW BC, or PNW USA, once the weather changes and the systems start blowing in from the ocean, the game changes completely. Except for a few brave (or is it stubborn?) souls, most of us in these parts consider the riding season to be roughly mid-April to mid-October.

I think riding in the rain sucks, and riding in cold rain sucks even worse. I'll do it if I get stuck in it on a tour, but I don't confuse it with having fun. I don't even have words for riding in below freezing weather.

What about the rest of you? If you do ride year round in climates that actually have four seasons, I'm curious why you want to.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Any dry day of the year, short distances when it's cold. I couldn't bear keeping a bike in hibernation from October - April.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes. I ride all year round, I just change my riding style to what's around me. Here's why:



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Old 10-19-2012, 03:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Riding in the cold does indeed suck. Don't have the cash right now to shell out for heated clothing. I do hear it makes it very comfortable.

I still commute to work even in freezing temperatures, it is only a 10 mile ride for me. I will not go if conditions have the potential to be icy. I live in Georgia and before that Louisiana so that doesn't happen often.

Definitely no joy riding for me when it gets cold. Longest I have not ridden a bike is a 6 days, when my wife made me go an cruise.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here in Northwest Indiana the weather is already changing and my riding season is coming to a close. I might a couple of ride yet before the bikes get put up for the winter. It's just too cold. Plus, the salt on the roads does terrible things to chrome and aluminum.

Having my own accounting firm pretty much would prevent me from riding from January through April 15th (tax season) even if the weather allows. My wife and I did get out a few times last March when we had some riduculous 80 degree days.

I bot my 2012 T100 last June and I really am depressed about putting it away.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I live just south of Selinsgrove & Sunbury PA. I already shined up the Triumph, loaded her up with stabil, fuel, a fresh oil change, and parked it in the basement.

As for the little Kawasaki Enduro I drive, I'll keep that in the garage and won't pack that up in the basement till mid November. I live a mile from work and as long as it's at least 50, and not raining, I'll ride that up to work.
I get the bikes out our 1st warm day, sometimes as early as March, and then I just keep them out.
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I bot my 2012 T100 last June and I really am depressed about putting it away.
I bought my Bonneville last October. You can imagine how I felt. I rode that thing 22 miles and had to park it for the winter. I could not WAIT for this Spring. Luckly fore me your 80 degree days came east so I got to get it out early too.
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Year long but not on ice.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Back when I was young and stupid, I rode every day. sometimes knocking the sleet off my pants when I got to school or work. Now I guess I am getting old, went hunting a while ago without a heavy coat and got really chilled. Its not as easy for me to take the cold now. if its 39 or above, and not raining when I go to work, I usually ride. This week, we had 2 days of scraping ice off the windshield, I drove my pickup with the heater on.. only 25 miles to work, but most of it on the turnpike at 75 or so.
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:00 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I usually ride to work from Mid-March to the beginning of November when the time change occurs. After or before is dependent on road cleanliness and temperature.

Last year I went for a ride on December 30th because the roads were clean and it hit 50 for the day.
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