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Old 11-03-2013, 08:31 AM   #1
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The Cycle Of Life

Well, itís almost time to winter-up. As the region where I live uses so much salt on the roads Iím compelled to stop riding for the winter. Each year induces a particular and almost palpable sense of loss. While I typically adapt to varied situations quickly, the annual non-riding transition tends to stick me harder than most other waning seasonal pursuits. Each elusive riding day is a gift now.

Maps start to look so much better and expose greater opportunity. My ride, which is always treated with respect is now treated with patient TLC. Everything gets a bath. The garage seems to morph from a speedy-lube to a fully certified shop. My credit card seeks new friends with shiny things. Tired boots retire. My electric bill increases.

These are the times that confirm obsession and affirm this animalsí need for individual outlet. Itís like starving with food or being naked with clothes. All form yet no function. All potentialÖ But no practice.

Around January Iíll start going through all the pics taken throughout the past riding season. Nowhere else do I see so much metal and scenery and so little human subject. Each shot offers a crisp memory that takes me back to that place in time. Those memories are often so immersive that I can actually recall the smell in the air. While reminiscing Iíll be factoring things Iíll do in the new season to improve upon those moments. Every year or two a selfie rears itís obscene head. Rabid reading of otherís exploits in the forums becomes staple.

Come March thereíll be a hard rain thatíll wash away the salt. With no bother of temperature Iíll don the spring/fall gear and start the process all over again.

The Cycle of lifeÖ So to speak.

I envy you all who have no winter weather concerns and empathize with all who do. Best to the latter in your involuntary suffering.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:04 AM   #2
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Putting it away and deciding to not ride and to suffer for it is a choice you are making. There are numerous warm(ish) days you could ride. Including those times the roads really are relatively salt free. A hot water bath for the bike can get almost all of the salt off when you come home, or the next day or so.

Winter doesn't have to mean the end of riding, though many chose to make it so.

There are also unique winter motorsports, like snowmobiling.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:21 AM   #3
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Putting it away and deciding to not ride and to suffer for it is a choice you are making. There are numerous warm(ish) days you could ride. Including those times the roads really are relatively salt free. A hot water bath for the bike can get almost all of the salt off when you come home, or the next day or so.

Winter doesn't have to mean the end of riding, though many chose to make it so.

There are also unique winter motorsports, like snowmobiling.
Thanks for your thoughts foxtrapper. "almost all the salt" isn't quite good enough for me any longer after having oxidized countless bikes over decades. No, I intend to care for this bike and it's helmsman. Perhaps this post from another forum says it best for me: "Risk aversion has risen as the testosterone wanes."

Human powered pursuits make tolerable my wintering. Best to you in yours.
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:43 AM   #4
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Vintage Pleasures

What you need is an old bike.

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Plenty to do in the winter.
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:57 AM   #5
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What you need is an old bike.
Or an address in Florida.
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:21 AM   #6
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Very well put. I put the Bonneville up for the winter and ride the TW200 for short jaunts. I still use the F650GS to commute on any day that it safe to. I don't worry about the cold so much as the ice.
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:33 AM   #7
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Or an address in Florida.
Or liberal doses of ACF-50. . ..

I use it, and I ride year round:



http://www.acf-50.co.uk/motorcycle.htm
http://www.acf-50.co.uk/newacro/ACF5...20&%20Tips.pdf
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:22 PM   #8
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A Ural and WD-40, let it snow.....................

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Old 11-04-2013, 02:52 AM   #9
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Travex,

I feel your pain (snowy, ice covered, oversalted roads in northern N.H.)

This is my first fall/winter with a dp bike, my usual ride- '92 BMW K100RS is probably inside until spring.

I'll see how long I can be out there.

By December I will have pulled out the lift table and start annual maintenance.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:44 AM   #10
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I keep thinking about a motocross bike with studded tires for riding in the snow and on ice.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:57 AM   #11
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UGH! I feel your pain too. Here in New Jerseystan, the way north part, they use LOTS of salt and whatnot. It's quickly killing my 2000 Chevy van. I WILL NOT let the same fate befall my beloved M/C's. I do Metal Polishing for a living, so all my street bikes have lots of polished alloy, which doesn't get on well with salt.
That, and I don't feel like having my Mangina get all frosty cold.
Soon the MV 750 will move into it's winter hibernation spot.

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Old 11-04-2013, 09:31 AM   #12
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Thanks for all your thoughts. Some great hardware and ideas there.

My riding season never used to end. With too much rust on me and my hardware and a wake of dings that remind of the seasons, I've chosen to hang it up for the winters. More pain less gain kind of thing.

A 1982 Honda XL500R was my tool of choice for quite a while. It was the most sacrificial of numerous others. Tried every tire in the book with varied stud combinations. Thankfully ice didn't chew metal or man like pavement can. My super tenere... Probably my last bike, will receive the most kindness I've ever offered my rides.

Windmill: I really dig that picture. For me, it's an odd juxtaposition of past and present. While enjoying the scenery (love your corner of the world), it looks like Hogan's Heroes meets the Terminator. Nice ride Sir!

NoVa Rider: Very nice machine you've got there. However it's cleanliness haunts me terribly. I appreciate your ACF-50 recommendation as I had used anti-corrosives on a Piper Cherokee in addition to many bikes. It does postpone the inevitable.

Looking back at my post it appears that I missed the opportunity to express the challenge, joy, beauty and fulfillment of winter riding. Sorry for that.
You're all on the right track.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:37 AM   #13
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Travex

Have you considered taking up the pursuit of Steelhead Trout?
Do that - and you'll have plenty to do all winter long.

Reading what the latest flies and techniques are, tying flies, inspecting road kill for suitability as fly tying material... It's an endless pursuit even when you cannot be on the water !

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Old 11-04-2013, 01:33 PM   #14
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Get your self a winter hack like a rat bike or a old trail bike then keep the good bike in til summer
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:36 PM   #15
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Sounds more like a cycle of death.
Get a ratty old dual sport and ride the snot out of it.
They do make warm clothing.
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