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Jan 22nd, 2010 6:26 pm
CharlieVT
Re: LT stuck in snow

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tracus
It is sad our northern brothers have to put their bears in their caves for the winter! I hope their slumber goes well!

Ride Safe!
Later
Not all bears hibernate. There are a few polar bears lurking north of the Manson-Nixon line and if the roads are free of ice and snow, we're out there.

To CharlieVT - the dirt on your LT might be replaced annually, but it appears there are fewer wires/cables coming out the the stingray compartment. Have you trimmed down a bit?[/QUOTE]

Form follows function! Yeah, I do have rats nest of wiring.
You've a good eye, I removed the Sat radio from the tank bag. That changed a couple of things including the wire that ran from the radio to the cassette adaptor in the oddments box.
Jan 22nd, 2010 1:54 pm
Tracus
Re: LT stuck in snow

It is sad our northern brothers have to put their bears in their caves for the winter! I hope their slumber goes well!

Ride Safe!
Later[/QUOTE]

Not all bears hibernate. There are a few polar bears lurking north of the Manson-Nixon line and if the roads are free of ice and snow, we're out there.

To CharlieVT - the dirt on your LT might be replaced annually, but it appears there are fewer wires/cables coming out the the stingray compartment. Have you trimmed down a bit?
Jan 21st, 2010 11:16 pm
BlauBeeMr
Re: LT stuck in snow

What's snow?

Heck, down here in TX if we had that much white stuff on the ground, there'd be kids on anything slick going down hills, snow(mud)men everywhere, and snow angels decorating the lawns along the street! Come to think of it, I do believe it did snow once last year down here in TX....it lasted until almost mid-day.....then it was riding weather once again!

I do want to thank the states to the west, and RonKMiller, for pushing the great weather our way and holding on to the rain for the past week.....the riding has been great! Today was a little brisk though....a high of 74 and not a cloud in the sky....I almost had to wear a long sleeve t-shirt under my mesh jacket!! I was going to post a picture of the sky....but it was all blue....kind of boring!!!

It is sad our northern brothers have to put their bears in their caves for the winter! I hope their slumber goes well!

Ride Safe!
Later
Jan 21st, 2010 6:43 pm
saddleman
Re: LT stuck in snow

Quote:
Originally Posted by CharlieVT
Hiya Dave!
No, not the same dirt... I renew my dirt every rain storm and every dirt road.

Does your bike have linked brakes? If so, I can understand your interest in defeating that system.
But defeating the ABS?
You think you can do better that the ABS in some situations?
I used to think that I could too, but I changed my mind. I'll go with ABS 100% of the time.
Curious, when would you turn it off?
I used to think there were times when "in extremis", that laying the bike down would be a good idea. Now I am not so sure. I think I'll ride the ABS to impact rather than an intentional lowside.
I'm really interested in your opinion on when you'd turn off the ABS.

Warm regards from the Deep South of Vermont.
My brakes are linked. By turning off the front brakes with a valve my hand brake would still work the rear brake. My thinking on turning off the ABS would be on a steep downhill slick grade I could have both feet on the ground right hand operating the rear brake. With the ABS active I would more than likely have no brakes at all. I would probably get the dreaded constant pulses on the brake lever. ABS works great in panic stops but I think sometimes on controlled slow downs I can do better.
Jan 21st, 2010 5:48 pm
CharlieVT
Re: LT stuck in snow

Quote:
Originally Posted by saddleman
Looking at your pictures I observed a couple of things. It looks like the LT is getting parked against the wall where one of your other Bemmers was when I was there. I also thought I recognized some of the same dirt that was on your LT the last time I saw it.

One of the mods I want to do to my LT this year is to put a cockpit adjustable front brake proportion valve on so I can turn the front brakes off. I also intend to install a switch to turn off the ABS system. I am getting comfortable enough with the bike now that I'll ride on some slick roads when I get caught in bad weather.
Hiya Dave!
No, not the same dirt... I renew my dirt every rain storm and every dirt road.

Does your bike have linked brakes? If so, I can understand your interest in defeating that system.
But defeating the ABS?
You think you can do better that the ABS in some situations?
I used to think that I could too, but I changed my mind. I'll go with ABS 100% of the time.
Curious, when would you turn it off?
I used to think there were times when "in extremis", that laying the bike down would be a good idea. Now I am not so sure. I think I'll ride the ABS to impact rather than an intentional lowside.
I'm really interested in your opinion on when you'd turn off the ABS.

Warm regards from the Deep South of Vermont.
Jan 20th, 2010 8:41 pm
ronk1200lt
Re: LT stuck in snow

When you have snow on the ground 5 months of the year, you get resourceful. Chains laid out on the ground, sand, salt, a long strip of carpet or putting dark plastic on the ground in the sun so it melts the ice underneath are all tricks of the trade you use up here. I am jealous of you guys who can ride all year round. The best I can do is leave my GSA in storage in Vegas and then come down south three or four times during the winter to get away from the cold and ride.
Jan 20th, 2010 8:11 pm
saddleman
Re: LT stuck in snow

Quote:
Originally Posted by CharlieVT
Some folks may have thought I was joking about tire chains....

This AM decided to move the LT from the lift in the shop to her winter resting place in the barn. The yard is hard packed snow and ice. I got stuck trying to get into the barn so out came the tire chains
Looking at your pictures I observed a couple of things. It looks like the LT is getting parked against the wall where one of your other Bemmers was when I was there. I also thought I recognized some of the same dirt that was on your LT the last time I saw it.

One of the mods I want to do to my LT this year is to put a cockpit adjustable front brake proportion valve on so I can turn the front brakes off. I also intend to install a switch to turn off the ABS system. I am getting comfortable enough with the bike now that I'll ride on some slick roads when I get caught in bad weather.
Jan 19th, 2010 4:01 pm
Caveno
Re: LT stuck in snow

I got stuck in the snow once, it's a real beetch to get out, tire chains would be helpful!
Jan 19th, 2010 2:03 pm
wa1200lt
Re: LT stuck in snow

Quote:
Originally Posted by living_free
They may have it nice now, but come July, we can rub it in how nice we have it.

I've lived in the heat, and learned that I hate the heat more than I hate the cold!
+1 X 10,000!!!! I would honestly prefer 20* F than 100* F ANY day. I have lived in Phoenix AZ, (6 years) and Las Vegas NV and I would consider my life completely fulfilled if I never have to go back.

I have also visited the eastern seaboard in August (and all the states in between) and the state I enjoyed the most was Maine. Boston, MA 97* and high humidity. Portland, ME? The humidity was high here too. When we stepped out of the motorhome at 9:00 p.m. it was raining and 60*.

I love Maine!
Jan 18th, 2010 2:40 pm
sorchilla
Re: LT stuck in snow

Charlie: Evert time I get to thinking about leaving the Peoples Republic of California and the politically corrupt state guys like you remind me of why I still live here - geography, weather and year ride riding. Thanks!!
Jan 18th, 2010 7:57 am
RonKMiller
Re: LT stuck in snow

Quote:
Originally Posted by hschisler
Yes - those posts should be banned. They are constantly reminding us of how nice they have it. Don't make me come over there, Ron!

We've had a heat wave recently - lower 40s the last 2 days. The roads are clear but my driveway will be covered in snow and ice until it's warmer than that for more days than that.
Tucson weather sucks, I won't be able to ride for at least 7 days or I'll have to break out the rain gear. Then I'll actually have to wash the bike. DAMN.

j/k ... - I have not seen a forecast like this for oh - maybe ten years - seriously. It is freakin' AWESOME!


We are in the middle of a serious, prolonged drought, and this will be a HUGE help for our desert critters and plants.
Jan 18th, 2010 7:11 am
BMWWANDRR
Re: LT stuck in snow

Yep, in FL you can ride year round. 100 miles, turn, 100 miles, turn, repeat; not as great as it sounds. I ride some in FL but not those LD rides that make it great. A LD day for me is getting to the FL border as fast as possible, finding out where the good weather is for a few days, and riding to the north mountains or the west mountains for great riding and camping.
Maybe this will be my year to move out of FL, but still to a place that I can ride year round.
Jan 18th, 2010 1:29 am
jukka71
Re: LT stuck in snow

I was so jealous to one of you who told that "he got a new cd at 25th december and he took it, the BMW-keys and took a ride with his LT"

A lot of people asks me why do I ride a bike, and not a snowscooter up here, the summer is so short?! But what can I do with a snowscooter, ride around the town? With my bike can I drive 500miles per day, thats impossible with a Lynx

And summer is pretty nice up here, midsummer sun, and not too much humidity, perfect for riding!

Have a nice day!
Jan 17th, 2010 9:50 pm
haughty
Re: LT stuck in snow

Yes sir Charlie, pretty inventive if you ask me....
The only problem I have had here is parking the big girl in the backyard.... SHe will bury her butt to the rim in the mud!
ANd I dont have Mud tires either... girl friend has gotten mud all over her a few times, ok ok maybe four or five times....lol
and when she does get that deep, I can get off and just leave her, she wont tip over, kinda mud chock if ya ask me..

Jan 17th, 2010 8:48 pm
Voyager
Re: LT stuck in snow

Quote:
Originally Posted by HVanDerMerwe
Damn. You people live in that, never mind ride in it?

I will take the sun and the violence here any day to that snow. Better sun burn and potential gun shot wounds than freezing to death and constant shoveling.
Well, to each his own to be sure. I have lived in the cold all my life and much prefer it to the heat. I can put more clothes on, but I can only take so many off! Yes, it would be nice to be able to ride year round, but I find riding above about 90 degrees to be rather uncomfortable and not all that enjoyable. And the heat isn't even the bad part, it is the humidity.

I am not familiar intimately with South Africa and it may be drier there as in our southwest in the USA, which I find not so bad. However, I find out southeast to be downright oppressive for about 4-5 months of the year. And if I had to deal with violence in addition to the heat, I would take our winters any day! One nice thing about the cold is that, as we say "it keeps the riffraff out!"
Jan 17th, 2010 4:59 pm
living_free
Re: LT stuck in snow

Quote:
Originally Posted by hschisler
Yes - those posts should be banned. They are constantly reminding us of how nice they have it. Don't make me come over there, Ron!

We've had a heat wave recently - lower 40s the last 2 days. The roads are clear but my driveway will be covered in snow and ice until it's warmer than that for more days than that.
They may have it nice now, but come July, we can rub it in how nice we have it.

I've lived in the heat, and learned that I hate the heat more than I hate the cold!
Jan 17th, 2010 4:17 pm
hschisler
Re: LT stuck in snow

Quote:
Originally Posted by CharlieVT
... I love how all the guys in the sunbelt report their weather; like: "It's 70 degrees here today" ...
Yes - those posts should be banned. They are constantly reminding us of how nice they have it. Don't make me come over there, Ron!

We've had a heat wave recently - lower 40s the last 2 days. The roads are clear but my driveway will be covered in snow and ice until it's warmer than that for more days than that.
Jan 17th, 2010 7:21 am
HVanDerMerwe
Re: LT stuck in snow

Damn. You people live in that, never mind ride in it?

I will take the sun and the violence here any day to that snow. Better sun burn and potential gun shot wounds than freezing to death and constant shoveling.
Jan 17th, 2010 6:36 am
CharlieVT
Re: LT stuck in snow

Yeah, the chain is just laid on the ground for added traction. Rock salt, sand, kitty litter, ashes from the wood stove would all have sufficed. The chain was handy.

Just posting to entertain myself and maybe a few others with my nonsense.

I love how all the guys in the sunbelt report their weather; like: "It's 70 degrees here today"
Well, okay... but what's the wind chill factor?

We lived in SC for six years, summers could be brutal but we are a little envious of you folks who ride year round.
Jan 17th, 2010 12:14 am
mwnahas
Re: LT stuck in snow

We had a heat wave today in the Cleveland area got up above freezing and I got to ride a bit.
Jan 16th, 2010 11:44 pm
beartooth
Re: LT stuck in snow

This why I don't ride in Montana. My Lt's perfectly happy sitting on the battery tender.
http://forecast.weather.gov//MapClic...y=130&site=hfo

Take care,

B
Jan 16th, 2010 11:24 pm
cfell
Re: LT stuck in snow

Kitty Litter.. (fresh kind)
Jan 16th, 2010 9:51 pm
RonKMiller
Re: LT stuck in snow

Quote:
Originally Posted by CharlieVT
Some folks may have thought I was joking about tire chains....

This AM decided to move the LT from the lift in the shop to her winter resting place in the barn. The yard is hard packed snow and ice. I got stuck trying to get into the barn so out came the tire chains
Nah, you don't need no steenking tire chains. What you need is a SKI on the front!

or maybe BOTH!

Tucson forecast for tomorrow:

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming west northwest between 4 and 7 mph.

C'mon down damnit!
Jan 16th, 2010 8:56 pm
deanwoolsey
Re: LT stuck in snow

I am speechless. Curtis is THE MAN !!!!!!!
Jan 16th, 2010 6:53 pm
2wheeljunkie
Re: LT stuck in snow

Kind of reminds me of the days I used to wrap bailer twine around the wheels of my 1965, 80cc Suzuki to go out and play in the snow. Of course that was a whole lot lighter to move around when I got stuck. I used to take the baffles out of the muffler and go roaring through the snow....great fun......later I got a snowmobile.
Jan 16th, 2010 5:52 pm
hschisler
Re: LT stuck in snow

It looks like he's using the chains laid out on the snow for traction, not wrapped around the tires.
Jan 16th, 2010 3:52 pm
Wolfgang
Re: LT stuck in snow

How do they clear the swingarm?? You are joking, right?
Jan 16th, 2010 3:48 pm
Palerider
Re: LT stuck in snow

I've had that happen to me on more than one occasion.............You'd just swear there was no way you could get stuck in that little amount of snow, but on the other hand.........mine is still on the tender sitting in the barn too..........................B-Safe
Jan 16th, 2010 3:10 pm
CharlieVT
LT stuck in snow

Some folks may have thought I was joking about tire chains....

This AM decided to move the LT from the lift in the shop to her winter resting place in the barn. The yard is hard packed snow and ice. I got stuck trying to get into the barn so out came the tire chains

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