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post #1 of 35 Old 03-29-2015, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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The season is Open, finally!

~50km ride, somewhat cool, +3C

Met another rider on a Suzuki. Seemed like a Strom.
Yellow jacket, ~6PM on Old Prescott Rd in Ottawa.
Anybody from the forum?

The roads are OK. Some dust and gravel, but not too bad.
I am not doing anything crazy anyways.

Too early to commute to work. Morning time temps are still negative.

Who else went out?

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post #2 of 35 Old 03-29-2015, 10:29 PM
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I was out today, about 85km..

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post #3 of 35 Old 03-30-2015, 03:13 AM
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I wasn't but I saw a Ducati on Rockcliffe parkway yesterday.

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post #4 of 35 Old 03-30-2015, 10:11 AM
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I was out on Friday March 20th for a short ride, it was about +3 as well but overcast. My bike has a total of 11km on the odometer now!

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post #5 of 35 Old 03-30-2015, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, this year the season open is 3 weeks later than before.
And snowing today again.
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post #6 of 35 Old 03-31-2015, 03:50 AM
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Some snow here in GTA area last night as well.
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post #7 of 35 Old 03-31-2015, 06:30 AM
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The season is Open, finally!

It hasn't stopped snowing here on the east coast. I've been out once, and even then it was so wet and salty i rode 10 km and went home

In fact it's still snowing now

This time last year the golf courses were open, and I already had about 1000 km on the bike, might get out April
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post #8 of 35 Old 03-31-2015, 11:39 AM
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Around freezing with dry roads so WEE HAW in the GTA

I road from Georgetown to Baden and back on Sunday but the roads were wet Monday so the WEE stayed in the garage. Today it was only -4 with dry roads and heated hand grips so WEE HAW!!!!

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post #9 of 35 Old 03-31-2015, 04:34 PM
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are you guys not worried about ice in the mornings when it's still down into the negatives?

I could have road to work a few days now but it's always to cold in the mornings.

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post #10 of 35 Old 03-31-2015, 04:52 PM
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Been riding since March 7th. Not quite commutinmg every day but fairly often. Coldest commuting day so far was -11c or 12f.

It's actually riskier riding around in freezing than -5 or worse as there is more likelyhood of the moisture in the air freezing on the road (especially bridges, etc) than when it is colder. I avoid commuting if it looks like chance of snow or rain. I think I have about 1,800 km since i got it out.

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2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
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