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Old 12-30-2012, 02:50 PM   #1441
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That was a lot of fun in spite of the pesky wind. Thanks everyone for coming out and thank you Ed for leading us on a really good route!

See you all next time!

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Old 12-30-2012, 04:49 PM   #1442
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New Years Day Run?

Anyone wanna ride some gravel/dirt New Years Day? I feel like making a resolution to ride more next year. preferable later in the morning due to all the due to happen the night before?
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:10 PM   #1443
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That was a lot of fun in spite of the pesky wind. Thanks everyone for coming out and thank you Ed for leading us on a really good route!

See you all next time!

-Cambion
Thank YOU, Cambion, for the initiative and inspiration; and--I join you in thanking Porcupine224 (Ed) for his flawless (as ever) navigation through a veritable winter wonderland, worthy indeed of Currier & Ives!

Great to ride with VStrom aficionado geoff2k, ORexpat (who's slip-slidin' away out towards Washington state next month, where he says other BMW riders exist), VACommuter (of side-hack fame, his KLR morphed into a BMW), XC Rider (whose tricked-out KLR now sports a Tee mod ), and nobie381 of the VStrom persuasion.

Clothing-and-equipment department: Temperatures were in the 30's; wind most brisk, even BEYOND brisk, as previously stated. My maiden voyage with electrically-heated gear (courtesy NoVa Rider's generosity and Gerbing's integrity).

My assessment and recommendation: If one chooses to ride in the cold, do whatever it takes to obtain some heated riding gear! What a sensuous luxury, riding through the icy chill, all toasty-warm, without even giving a THOUGHT to the cold!

My testimonial may be limited in effectiveness, but, I feel strongly: Try it, you'll like it!
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:55 PM   #1444
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Anyone wanna ride some gravel/dirt New Years Day? I feel like making a resolution to ride more next year. preferable later in the morning due to all the due to happen the night before?
I will be riding on the 1st. The only day of the year I ignore any and all weather conditions too include freezing rain. I MUST start the year on two wheels..
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:39 AM   #1445
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Second XD's comments on heated gear . . . . wee bit nippy this morning, 25 degrees. Heated Jacket, gloves, grips = happy camper!

FWIW, feedback on heated gear: I've used two brands of heated clothing and controllers, Aerostich and Gerbings. I give Gerbings two thumbs up, Aerostich heated gear two thumbs down.

Don't get me wrong--I really like Aerostich riding suits, etc. Their made-in US Roadcrafter, Darien, etc are top-notch. I use that stuff 80% of the time (mesh the rest). Their repair service is also superb, catalog's a hoot, and selction is excellent. I'm a loyal and good customer of theirs and will remain so. But their heated gear and their controllers suck. I let one jacket go with a bike I sold with fair warning and no charge. I've had three Aerostich controllers and had problems with all three--two complete failures. I've even had their connecting cords fail!

Gerbings has been 100% reliable, and now that their production is coming back to the US, all the more reason to use 'em. I haven't had to use their customer service; others have and say it's great.

Haven't used any other brands, so can't report on them . . .
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:29 AM   #1446
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I too concur on the heated gear. I have a Gerbing jacket, gloves and controller that are almost ten years old. Best motorcycling gear investment I've ever made. Just tried some warm n safe socks last night. Now my toes are warm too. No experience with Aerostitch, but my Gerbing stuff has been wonderful!
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:46 PM   #1447
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Sunday ride

Form: Departing Leesburg 10 AM from the other Starbucks (Market St)
To: the RTE in Marshall via et al - All asphalt planned.

Thats my plan.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:00 AM   #1448
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Pretty sure I'm in for this as long as nothing comes up between now and Sunday.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:17 PM   #1449
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:24 AM   #1450
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I will try to join, why don't we include some dirt, The Dakar got me in the mood for some....
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:24 PM   #1451
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I'd offer to let folks join me on the RTE but you gotta ride below the speed limit
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:41 PM   #1452
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I'd offer to let folks join me on the RTE but you gotta ride below the speed limit
Whatcha talking about Willis!?!? We ain't in Maryland here!
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:43 PM   #1453
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GS is a little outta comission
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:56 PM   #1454
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:03 PM   #1455
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GS is a little outta comission
Just ride a wheelie the whole way there and back!
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