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post #1 of 20 Old 03-30-2008, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, Mother Nature is SUCH a tease

This weekend, ~50 degrees with good amounts of sun. Saw a happy dude on a bright yellow Goldwing ramble on past my driveway. Watching the rest of the snow piles along my driveway drop in height quickly each day. Mostly matted down grass now except for the remaining snow piles.

I spent a good chunk of the weekend in the garage tending to the awakening of one DL650 VStrom.

Lowering links- check.
Lower front end- check.
Install 16t sprocket- check.
Chain maintenance- check.
Air in tires- check.
General once-over of bike- check.
Install battery- check.
Hit starter button and VROOM! on the first tap of the button, just like it had never spent 4-months under cover.

Now we in the south half of MN get to watch as Momma Nature dumps 2-6" or more of wet, sloppy, heavy snow on us starting tomorrow. This will be okay, because it will be sunny and 50 again by mid-week and all that rapid melt will carry away the winter salt film, but if the road crews drop fresh salt on this snowfall, I... I... I just can't say I'll be able to take responsibility for my actions. (Pheeeeeew, deep breath. In a few weeks I'll be mowing the lawn.)

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No snow here in Ohio this week but we have been getting a lot of rain. At least you don't have to shovel it. Slid out for a quikie on Scarlett yesterday and rode down to some of the low areas that saw a lot of flooding. Parts of this State Park were under water last week and may be underwater again soon as rain is in the forecast again for 8 of the next 10 days.


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I managed to get out twice yesterday -TWICE! - in between doing lots of work around the house. Went for a quick morning ride, then dropped the bike off for inspection. Picked it up in the afternoon and decided to detour on the way home on a few back roads I hadn't been on. Two of them turned into 'seasonal' roads marked 'NO WINTER MAINTENANCE.' So of course I had to ride them ... lots of loose gravel and ruts, but the DL handled 'em just fine.

And then, after the last seasonal road, I kinda got lost. Not 'where the heck am I' lost, but 'hmmm ... wonder where this road will end if I keep riding' lost. I ended up back at the house an hour later than I wanted to with about 50 more miles than I'd intended. Oh, darn. :rolleyes:

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Nice!

The weather in the Deep South that is. (Nice). Just riding all I can in the last month before the temp and humidity top out in the 90's.
Say Scarlet, thats a great looking bike you got there, what color is that anyway?
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Another 4" of snow over this weekend:mad:. But that is ok warm weather is on its way suppose to be 58 by next Saturday.

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Another 4" of snow over this weekend:mad:. But that is ok warm weather is on its way suppose to be 58 by next Saturday.
Haven't you learned NOT to trust the weather forecasts around here?

It snowed all weekend at my house. I could only dream about riding today. :rolleyes:

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Stevet, I rode up to Bemidji on Friday evening and back Sunday. Put about 450 miles on. The gravel roads up there are still frozen! Was a fun ride, but the cold let me know I was still very much alive, down to 30 when I got there and 38 when I left.
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"Now we in the south half of MN get to watch as Momma Nature dumps 2-6" or more of wet, sloppy, heavy snow on us starting tomorrow. This will be okay, because it will be sunny and 50 again by mid-week and all that rapid melt will carry away the winter salt film, but if the road crews drop fresh salt on this snowfall, I... I... I just can't say I'll be able to take responsibility for my actions. (Pheeeeeew, deep breath. In a few weeks I'll be mowing the lawn.)"


Didn't know MN had a Southern half. I thought it just had 2 Northern halves.
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NE Ohio finally got the snow and salt off the roads. Rode to work this morning; 32 miles in the rain and 47degrees. It was very nice, but I always feel guilty leaving her out in the rain during the day.
Just put on new rear tire, chain and sprockets yesterday. On the highway the rear end broke loose at 75mph- just a loss of traction with no wiggle, but I was still very surprised. It was a tar strip. Must be the new rear tire isn't completely scuffed in.
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Stevet, I rode up to Bemidji on Friday evening and back Sunday. Put about 450 miles on. The gravel roads up there are still frozen! Was a fun ride, but the cold let me know I was still very much alive, down to 30 when I got there and 38 when I left.
Sweet! Maybe when my 'Strom is up there in years and miles I'll use it for 12-month duty, but it still has the new car smell right now and the thought of salt dust in all those nooks and crannies makes me shiver.

What was your route up and back?

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