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    Well..put the bike away

    Today was the last day of any kind of good weather for me to ride. About 50 but with some rain, next week much colder. 40deg was about the point I would ride in, even when I was a young guy. Rode around my back field a bit, then pulled the battery, dumped the gas tank , added some oil to coat it and put it back together. I will keep the battery in the basement this winter, then just charge it in the spring.
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    We shoot. Here is SW Utah it is finally cooled down enough to start riding.


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    Yeah it's been snowing and down into the teens. Still I never really put the bikes away. Always a warm day during the winter to get out and ride. Couple years ago we had 60's between X-mas and New Years and I was out on the bike.
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    This is the first year I have actually pulled the batteries out of my bikes and officially put them away. I really enjoy trail riding this time of year. If the sun comes out I can get the TW up and running in about 10 minutes. OK this is stupid I'm going out to the garage to put my battery back in.

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    This has been about the weirdest summer here in the NE that I can remember. I fish a lot more than I ride these days but all spring, summer and fall this year it seems I had one of three choices, it was either 90 in the shade or raining or windy every day I could do anything. The forecast for this winter is just about the same if we can even believe all this High Tech crap they use to do predictions. big snow totals, lots of cold and wind and I could be sitting out in a tree deer hunting and needing mosquito repellent. On a positive note I do have a nice project and my garage shop is always warm or cool and always dry. I fished on days it was predicted to be overcast and 60 with light winds and got soaked and blown off the lake. I had to mow the lawn between rain storms and got my lawn tractor sunk in mud twice needing to winch it out in July. Trying now to decide if the mower comes off and the blower goes on and if it it time to swap to winter wheels and tires on both SUVs. No need to got searching for fire wood this year because the storms dropped plenty right in my yard to keep us warm all winter.

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    The only thing I'm putting away is my vented summer jacket.
    Put the liner in my new cold weather jacket, ordered some new pants, and picked up a pair of Oakley riding mittens. Already in the 10's, just waiting on the white stuff.
    Bring it on Frosty Jack!
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    I feel for you guys. Last weekend I had to put on a long sleeve t to stay warm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuber View Post
    Today was the last day of any kind of good weather for me to ride. About 50 but with some rain, next week much colder. 40deg was about the point I would ride in, even when I was a young guy. Rode around my back field a bit, then pulled the battery, dumped the gas tank , added some oil to coat it and put it back together. I will keep the battery in the basement this winter, then just charge it in the spring.
    I winterized myself for riding. I also winterize my TW for riding. Since I'm gonna have more time on my hands this winter, I plan on rigging my TW with "outrigger training wheels" like they put on PW50's so I can ride on snowy and icy roads and not tip over. Going with wheels instead of ski's because sometimes it's not all snow and ice.

    I do have a temperature riding limit which is 0 F. degree's. Stay warm my friend.





    Even with chains it's a little sketchy riding sometimes. I'm also thinking of a cheap lightweight sidecar for the TW. This way I will have room to take the trash can down to the dumpster. Gotta get my riding in one way or another.


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    Wow, those are some frosty looking pictures. I ride year round but in an urban or rural environment I won't take any of the 2 wheelers out in the snow. Too much salt.
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    Tuber, my brother has a home in Shaftsbury/Bennington County. After my next and probably last trip to the Pine Barrens in a couple weeks I'll probably head up there and leave the 2 dual-sports in Vermont. What do you consider good off-road trails and roads up around that area? I know it's a big state so if that is not around where you live don't worry about it.
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    If you are gonna be in the Bennington area, you could go right into the Green Mountain forest, near the Somerset Reservoir. lots of gravel roads there, lot of guys ride in there. But this time of year watch out for snow/ice on those roads. We camped there one November and it was a mess getting the bikes out. One guy with a sidecar got out and got a guy with truck and trailer to bring the bikes out
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