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    Shoveled a path to the shop so I could plug Skookum into the battery tender. We don't get much snow in western Washington but I have 12" on the back deck and its still snowing pretty hard here in Olympia. Freezing rain in the forecast probably means no riding this week.

    I'm starting to think I need to kidnap a ground hog to see if I can put an end to winter..... ;-)
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    PS - @Silver Rocket - I grew up in Manhattan Beach. We used to ride our 20" Schwinn Stingrays from MB to Marineland all year-round. I forgot how spoiled I was. You mentioned that your winter gloves didn't work in the 50's. I don't even get my winter gloves out until its gets into the 40's. Happy riding and Enjoy that SoCal weather !!!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by New Commuter700 View Post
    I agree, they get pretty crazy when the water starts. My rule is that I won't ride TO work in the rain but I will consider riding home. Only because I don't want to walk around in wet shoes all day and don't want to store a riding pair. But I won't ride in if it looks like it may be a downpour later. As for the crazies, I drive a truck and train other drivers so it's my job to watch for the nuts. I am hyper vigilant and watch everything. (knock wood). The ones that really scare me, especially in the rain, are those other bikers that seem to think that they are invincible because they don't seem to realize how we can appear out of thin air to other drivers.
    I live in Los Banos California and drive a semi truck with a 53ft trailer out of Morgan Hill 4 days a week. I reduced it down to riding home in the rain (I agree starting your work day soaked, sucks) but the least 3 times it was supposed to be scattered showers it was pouring rain (once on the way into work 4 hours before it was supposed to sprinkle) apparently the weather man still gets by with a magic 8 ball. My commute is 99% freeway and last time I rode in the rain, I couldn't see, I had my visor half up and still had limited vision, I just tried "jaws quick spit" and it seems to work very well.
    I'm riding again tomorrow but back in the cage Wed/Thurs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olythom View Post
    Shoveled a path to the shop so I could plug Skookum into the battery tender. We don't get much snow in western Washington but I have 12" on the back deck and its still snowing pretty hard here in Olympia. Freezing rain in the forecast probably means no riding this week.

    I'm starting to think I need to kidnap a ground hog to see if I can put an end to winter..... ;-)
    >Thom

    PS - @Silver Rocket - I grew up in Manhattan Beach. We used to ride our 20" Schwinn Stingrays from MB to Marineland all year-round. I forgot how spoiled I was. You mentioned that your winter gloves didn't work in the 50's. I don't even get my winter gloves out until its gets into the 40's. Happy riding and Enjoy that SoCal weather !!!.
    My oldest son lives in Bremerton, if convinced my wife to move up there (within 30-45 min of our sons house) as of now the plan is to move up there early to mid summer next year 2019: What did you do to/with your NC700 today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janus View Post
    I don't miss seeing that frost on my own bike!

    I don't like the rain, but I don't mind it either. Sure makes me wish the NC came with a shaft-drive though. Up here I'd never be able to ride if I only stuck to dry days. I'd guess I've gone at least 8k miles in the rain, likely more. After a certain point it becomes meditative, the sound of rain pattering on your helmet.

    This is of course assuming you can stay dry. Waterproof pants usually means you have about a half hour to an hour before your butt gets damp. Weatherproof boots and gloves are a must. Bless Gore-Tex.
    Not sure if your the person I said this to last week or not, either way, I'd recommend looking into an automatic chain oiler

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    Quote Originally Posted by rippin209 View Post
    I live in Los Banos California and drive a semi truck with a 53ft trailer out of Morgan Hill 4 days a week. I reduced it down to riding home in the rain (I agree starting your work day soaked, sucks) but the least 3 times it was supposed to be scattered showers it was pouring rain (once on the way into work 4 hours before it was supposed to sprinkle) apparently the weather man still gets by with a magic 8 ball. My commute is 99% freeway and last time I rode in the rain, I couldn't see, I had my visor half up and still had limited vision, I just tried "jaws quick spit" and it seems to work very well.
    I'm riding again tomorrow but back in the cage Wed/Thurs.
    lol, yea, I know the weatherman is often cursed by me too. I remember riding in a few months ago when it was supposed to be clear and having to stop at a Home Depot under the cover to don my rainsuit.


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    Moved the bike in the one car garage so I could park the vehicle inside. Ten inches of snow overnight...it was in the 70's when I was in Charlotte on Friday to come home to below freezing >.<

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    Supposed to warm up again...but....rain this weekend...arrrggg
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    I admired the bikes, looked at the weather forecast, and abandoned all hope of riding until March. Screw it; I went snow skiing instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rippin209 View Post
    Not sure if your the person I said this to last week or not, either way, I'd recommend looking into an automatic chain oiler
    you might have. I'm beginning to believe I should get one though! I need to be redpilled on chain oilers, it seems like it could be a bit... messy. Do they eliminate the need to clean the chain every 500mi?

    I dug through the forums searching "chain oiler" and I'm not seeing a lot of pro vs con discussion on the oilers. I might just have to start a new thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janus View Post
    you might have. I'm beginning to believe I should get one though! I need to be redpilled on chain oilers, it seems like it could be a bit... messy. Do they eliminate the need to clean the chain every 500mi?

    I dug through the forums searching "chain oiler" and I'm not seeing a lot of pro vs con discussion on the oilers. I might just have to start a new thread...
    Yeah it's a bit messy, especially when you first install it and your trying to find that sweet spot
    I rarely clean my chain and I've only washed my motorcycle two or three times.
    But my chain didn't have sticky links it rust problems

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