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post #1 of 21 Old Oct 14th, 2008, 10:52 am Thread Starter
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Iowa Winter Plans

Last winter it was my intention to ride all winter. One problem, the alleyway that serves as my driveway had very thick, icy ruts in it most of the winter. That made it impossible to get my bike to the street.
who knows what this year has in store, but I think I've decided to ride as long as I can...and once the snow starts to accumulate, store her until spring. Fact is, even if you manage to get out on the streets, they are mega dirty due to sanding and if they're wet your bike gets trashed pretty severely even on short rides.
And then, of course, there is the occasional patch of ice to contend with.
yep, the heated seat and grips and clothing make it possible to ride all winter, unfortunately, there are other nasty considerations that make it very difficult..

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post #2 of 21 Old Oct 14th, 2008, 2:15 pm
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+1 on riding year round! Of course the problem over here is staying dry . As I tell my co-workers, as long as there is no ice on the ground I'm riding the bike! (we do get our share of it each winter).

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Go to the beach, Go fishing, Go ride the "Beerburner", Ride to New Orleans to eat, Ride, Ride, Ride!

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I rode year round in Southeast Michigan on a 1976 Yamaha 650 twin it was light enough to man handle in the snow and stay upright. My LT is much to heavy for me because if it starts going down there is no way I could stop it not to mention the cost of all the parts. I do like riding in the winter because of all the extra thick padding makes me feel a little safer.
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California winter plans: if it gets to SIX MOTHER F'G degrees in Lancaster again--freeze my huge fat ass!

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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Last winter it was my intention to ride all winter. One problem, the alleyway that serves as my driveway had very thick, icy ruts in it most of the winter..
I'm with you, Greg. This is a shot of the gravel driveway, uphill from the garage. Because it runs between 2 lines of trees the ice and snow stick around for DAYS after the roads are in OK shape. It can be a long wait. Last spring I shoveled a path just wide enough for the LT's tires to get out to the road. I almost dumped it, and I won't be doing that again.
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I'm with you, Greg. This is a shot of the gravel driveway, uphill from the garage. Because it runs between 2 lines of trees the ice and snow stick around for DAYS after the roads are in OK shape. It can be a long wait. Last spring I shoveled a path just wide enough for the LT's tires to get out to the road. I almost dumped it, and I won't be doing that again.
You could do what I did for my first snow after moving from California to Canada. I didn't have a snow shovel to clear the driveway, so I took the garden hose and connected it directly to the faucet on the hot water heater, so I could use the hot water to melt the snow away.

When I was done, there was the most beautiful, most perfect, smoothest, glassiest sheen you ever saw. It was totally friction-free - better than teflon. The neighbors (neighbours) were laughing for days.
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Last winter it was my intention to ride all winter.
What were you thinking - we are talking about IOWA!!

I do not need to go into the details but cagers have a hard time riding on the roads all the time in this state that has long brutal winters!

On the other hand maybe with studded tires and might have a chance of getting out of your drive way . . .

My 2 cents

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I'm with Dave. Ride daily, get when it's damp.

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The only difference between winter and summer here in SoCal is that it's supposed to rain but doesn't! So no change of plans here, just ride.

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Plug in the Gerbings, be careful and ride. It can be done.

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Plug in the Gerbings, be careful and ride. It can be done.

From Iowa,

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John, it's not the cold that deters me. But I gotta be able to get my bike safely out of the driveway/alley and last year that was all but impossible most of the winter. We'll see what happens this year.

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Well, in Minnesota we hibernate. I put the bike away in a place I can get to it and wait until the end of March. I may get a few nice days in during the winter but otherwise I sit back and dream and learn to appreciate the bike even more next spring.

Each spring it is like opening a new gift.

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Well, in Minnesota we hibernate. I put the bike away in a place I can get to it and wait until the end of March. I may get a few nice days in during the winter but otherwise I sit back and dream and learn to appreciate the bike even more next spring.

Each spring it is like opening a new gift.
Where I lived in Canada, you could register your vehicle for only six months out of the year if you wanted. There was a small reinstatement fee, but it was less than leaving the vehicle registered the other six months.

I rode year round, so I didn't take advantage of the policy. Many of my fair-weather friends had six month registrations. You can't do that here, at least not in California.
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garden hose to the faucet on the hot water heater to melt the snow away.

When I was done, there was the most beautiful, most perfect, smoothest, glassiest sheen you ever saw
I always wondered if a nice hot steam roller would melt & smooth like that...
Gravel driveway of course.
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I ride when I can in the winter. Problem I have is I live a mile down a dirt/gravel road. The road is usually covered with a nice layer of ice/snow all winter. If we get a week or so with above freezing temps and no snow, it usually melts enough to get the bike out, but that doesn't happen too often.

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Greg,
Feel your pain,I tried to push the weather and pulled out of a snow covered drive and wicked the throttle alittle and promptly put my bike on its side.
Thought better about riding that day and put her away for a nicer day.
Fellow Iowan,
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Feel your pain,I tried to push the weather and pulled out of a snow covered drive and wicked the throttle alittle and promptly put my bike on its side.
Thought better about riding that day and put her away for a nicer day.
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Well, we may have another few weeks to ride, maybe more, Joe, before the wicked weather hits. Good luck, man.

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Hack down those evergreen tree and dump chemical icemelt on the rest, tell SWMBO that you plant new trees in the spring. Then go ride

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