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It was such a nice day and looks like it will be for a bit!

I stored my bike in my neighbour's garage. It took about a quarter of a second to start.. I love that! My preparation for storage amounted to Fuel Stabilizer in the gas, WD-40 sprayed in the exhaust system and some of the underpinnings and a Battery Maintainer plugged into the cigarette lighter. (I sell Porsche's so getting a Porsche Battery maintainer works for me.)

I got about two or three hours of riding in.. it was nice to get back on the Strom again! Part of the riding was at the southern end of Lake Simcoe from Keswick to Jackson's Point. Lots of Snowmobiles and people Ice Fishing on the lake. I got manythumbs up... maybe seeing bikes out gives people a sense that spring is actually coming. Have to watch some of the back roads. Most are dry and very rideable but some of the spots that are in shade still had snow or slush and/or ice. The standard trail wings are realy bad in snow!

I did see another bike out.. it was Harley, a Sportster, I think. I was surprised to see him out but he gave a nice wave and I rode near him for a while.

All in all nice to be out again!

..Tom
 

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nice going V-tom. I pick up my new DL650K7 at Asselstines next Saturday. I've been on the sled in Port this weekend, wishing I had the bike instead.

The weather has been nice this weekend, it just needs to rain some to get the crap off the roads.
 

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Gah Tom, you beat me out by a few days. Good you got out, a nice relaxing ride is medicine for the soul. I have to get out tomorrow and chip all the ice off of my driveway for Tuesday. The bike has been calling to me for a few weeks now and I'll be so happy to twist the go-go grip and feel the grunt of all those galloping ponies pulling in unison.
 

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You guys are out toooo soon

That settles it--I will order my new DL650K7 tomorrow --it will be a little different ride than the beemer R1200GS and I hope more dependable, I have it on order at Newmarket--hope they are good to deal with as I have to travel from Bracebridge to pick it up and probably for service as well. Hope to catch up to you south simcoe riders this riding season--
 

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After spending most of yesterday afternoon finishing the installation of my heated grips and fenda-extenda, I finally got out too...

The Wee started right up and I went for about a 10-minute ride... just enough of a taste that I'm desperate for spring now.

Watch out for all the sand on the roads!


- Martin
 

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I just chipped a channel out to the road, tomorrow is now 10C and partially sunny. I'm ready to go !!!

 

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I'm thinking if you go fast enough and keep it straight you could get through the snow without a problem. But maybe the initial launch on the way out and the sudden stop on the way back might be an issue.
My driveway looks the same but is twice as long.
 

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But maybe the initial launch on the way out and the sudden stop on the way back might be an issue.
That was my thinking, I'm sure I could get over the ice and snow.....but I felt it prudent to take an hour and chip away a dry patch. No point trying to be a hero. I can spend the time chipping ice or possibly alot more installing broken turn signals, bent handlebars and scuffed paint. I'll go the easy and cheap route.
 

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Nice guys!I have had P.M.S.(parked motorcycle syndrome)since end Oct. when I put the wee in the basement and even though I gave it a good hug every day,it only got worse!Hope the warm weather is here to stay and we get some good rain to clear the salt and sand off the roads.Great to hear the first V-Stroms of the year are out though.Definitely the first sign of spring!
G.
 

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Ahh. no.. at least with the stock tires that doesn't work. I learned that on my last ride.. the fron washes out and the bike does not want to stay up. Thankfully I am fairly big guy and putting my feet down last me keep the bike upright.

Also, I found out yesterday that even if you can keep the bike upright you can almost get stuck.. the rear tire does not find much traction in the snow and loves to spin. You pretty much have to proceed forward until you stop, back up a bit and then try again. You make gradual progress but it isn't a lot of fun.

I think it is better to stay out of the snow.

..Tom



I'm thinking if you go fast enough and keep it straight you could get through the snow without a problem. But maybe the initial launch on the way out and the sudden stop on the way back might be an issue.
My driveway looks the same but is twice as long.
 

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Here is a few pictures for you that have not dusted the bike off yet and went for a spin.

In front of the house, ready to fly.



Big Ugly and friends Z1000 at Lake Simcoe, checking out the ice fishing.



For those in Arizona, yes ice fishing.



Final destination, Wasaga Beach. The only sand there was on the damn road. Nice and quiet and ice as far as you could see.

 

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I chipped a path to the road Sat. then went for a quick ride just around town and then again a short ride on Sun. Today I actually went for a nice tour but, alas, left the camera at home. I guess I was just too excited to get out on her to worry about taking pictures. :cool:
 

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Nice going Ian!

I bet the roads were messy. Everything's melting like crazy.
The messiest road on the whole trip was Ardagh Rd. and the strip there at Wasaga Beach. The backroads were great, not too much sand at all. You have to really watch the intersections though, they are terrible. It was a nice ride, the sun really came out around noon and I felt alive for the first time since December.
 

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The sand in the middle of the lanes can be fun on the big Strom. Get into it and roll on the throttle. You can spin it up really easy.
 

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Forgot to mention to you early V's to watch out for the cagers.They are not used to seeing bikes anymore and my need some refreshment as to what wee (pun intended) are.
G.
 
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