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Took the 650 out for a ride today March 25th.
The forcast promised better weather, sunny and 12C. Waited until 11:00 for the sun to break through. When there was a brief break in Port Perry, I jumped on the bike and promptly rode into a fog bank in Uxbridge that persisted to Newmarket. Spent some time looking for clear skies and realized it wasn't going to happen.

It was a nice ride although a little short, maybe 150 km.
made some discoverys.
1) The modular helmet I bought yesterday fits good and is very comfortable
2) With the windscreen in the middle postition, I get a lot of turbulance around my head. Not as much as in the lowest position. Time to try the third position although I don't like the way the bike looks when the screen is up so high. Maybe we should start another wind screen Thread......Okay maybe not!
3) When I take the liner out of my power trip jacket, essentially leaving me with a summer jacket with armour, my XXL Snowmobile jacket fits comfortably over top. Makes me look a bit like a linebacker but It's toasty warm AND safer and financially attractive at this point.
4) My mirrors give me a great view of my shoulders and elbows.

This ones for Keith. I believe he is a Tim Hortons fan.




The problem with pit stops is that you then need pitstops. Fortunantly, in Canada we accomodate.



For those of you who are local, This is at the end of the pier in Port. Just past the sign that says no motorized vehicles allowed.





Looking forward to warmer weather this week.
 

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Hi TJ,

I was going to ride with my son down to Oshawa today on the bike (needed to get a new throttle rocker to fit my HotGrips and the Harley store in Oshawa was open.) It was too cold to make him suffer on the bike so we took a car.

It was about 4.5 degrees in Mount Albert when I left but got quite a bit colder as we headed down to Oshawa. The temperature dropped to about 1 degree down there with a lot of fog on the way down (we left around 2pm.) Got back a short while ago and it is still about 5 degrees up here but the sun is trying to get out.

What are the bags you have on the side of your bike?

..Tom
 

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I took a short jaunt today too. Clocked another 200kms to the new wee bringing the odometer to a whole 310kms total LOL. Basically rode from kitchner to brampton to visit my grandfather for lunch (he used to ride a triumph bonivill) and then rode back rideing on familer senic routs iv rode huindreds of times and loved every minute of it. I too cant wait for the better weather and really get out their and explore some new roads i have not played on yet.
 

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Glad to hear there were some other Ontario Stromtroopers out today! I went for a boot around the downtown core with a buddy who rides an SV - he got a bit chilly. I was very comfy with my new heated grips!

I saw one other Strom on lakeshore around th eexhibition grounds - red.

Feel free to drop me a line anytime you're looking for Strom company. I'm always up for a ride if I'm available.

jasonfcooper at gmail dot com

Regards,
J
 

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Hi TJ,


What are the bags you have on the side of your bike?

..Tom
Because I wanted to carry some extra cold weather gear, extra gloves, sweater and some extra tools that I wanted to have with a new toy, I grabbed the bags off of my sled and threw them on. Surprisingly they fit nicely. They will do until I get proper luggage. They are pretty handy, I'm just a little concerned about rubbing marks but they don't seem to have caused any problem.
 

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revelations

Some other revelations from todays ride

1) There are no curves on any roads near where I live. If anyone knows of a good place to ride near here, let me know.

2)A wet spot on the pavement around a gas pump has a different coefficient of friction from a wet spot anywhere else. I found this out while making a dramatic exit from the gas station. No major incident, just a quick jump to the left with the rear tire and a sudden increase in my heart rate. I managed to continue and leave gracefully without letting on to the dozen or so men women and children watching me that it wasn't on purpose.

3) The time it takes to erase the S$%t eating grin from your face after a ride takes about twice as long as the length of the actual ride. Imagine if I could find a road with a bend or two.
 

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Hi Tj,



I don't think there is much near you, but if you were out and about here are a couple you might include:

It isn't amazing but county road 57 north of hwy 7A east of Caesarea has a few sweeping bends on it.

If you were heading east towards Rice Lake I always enjoyed Rice Lake Road from Gore's Landing. I think that should be less than an hour from you.

Hwy 507 can't be much more than an hour from you.

There is still a lot of sand on the roads...

..Tom




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1) There are no curves on any roads near where I live. If anyone knows of a good place to ride near here, let me know.
 

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TJ, you want curves ?? Boy have I got a road for you. Just ride to the west coast and hang on.
 

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Hi Tj,




Hwy 507 can't be much more than an hour from you.

There is still a lot of sand on the roads...
..Tom
Where is 507? If you show me sometime I'll buy the coffee

It's Monday morning now and it's just chuckin down rain. Good timing, Wash the roads while I'm at work so they will be ready for the weekend.
 

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tj is your helmet the cl maX ,just curious as im thinking of getting one,any coments on how you like it if it is one
Yes its a CL max. I like the helmet, fits nice.
The only issue i have is that the sheild is too flimsey for the buffeting I'm getting.
I borrowed a friends helmet with a frame around the sheild. It was much more ridgid and with it flipped up at the right angle, it directed the air over my head, cleaning up the turbulance. With mine, the flimsey screen sends my head into a an eye giggling vibration.

TJ
 

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Yes its a CL max. I like the helmet, fits nice.
The only issue i have is that the sheild is too flimsey for the buffeting I'm getting.
I borrowed a friends helmet with a frame around the sheild. It was much more ridgid and with it flipped up at the right angle, it directed the air over my head, cleaning up the turbulance. With mine, the flimsey screen sends my head into a an eye giggling vibration.

TJ
do you think i should rethink getting the cl max?,is the flip up jaw something you use?never seen a helmet with frame around screen ,what kind is it and how much?the cl max is 249 here i would get a regular full face for less if the flip jaw feature is something i wouldnt use,its just when bmw first came out with them it was so cool,was one of them i want but do not need things[but now is affordable]im wondering if i would use the the helmet with it in open face position
 

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do you think i should rethink getting the cl max?,is the flip up jaw something you use?never seen a helmet with frame around screen ,what kind is it and how much?the cl max is 249 here i would get a regular full face for less if the flip jaw feature is something i wouldnt use,its just when bmw first came out with them it was so cool,was one of them i want but do not need things[but now is affordable]im wondering if i would use the the helmet with it in open face position
Because the weather has sucked lately, I haven't been on the bike for a while. I like the modular design for putting it on and taking it off, stopping, getting gas, putting on my shades and catching a breath but I haven't really tried it up while riding. I think it would probably catch to much wind at highway speeds but when putting through traffic it is fine. Sometimes I even forget it is up.
 

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Because the weather has sucked lately, I haven't been on the bike for a while. I like the modular design for putting it on and taking it off, stopping, getting gas, putting on my shades and catching a breath but I haven't really tried it up while riding. I think it would probably catch to much wind at highway speeds but when putting through traffic it is fine. Sometimes I even forget it is up.
i did get the cl max,the dealer gave it too me for 179,i just love the jaw up feature,i find i put the helmet on while still in the house,and take it off when inside too[with it fliped up]also around town and when going slow you see way better,as for the flimsy sceen some times it gets so tireing i put my hand on it to stop the jiggle,i also went too middle position and found it a bit better,but the top position makes the whole screen flex,and makes your belly cold as wind comes under it,it also looks realy goofy.over all i realy like the helmet[and the bike]
 
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