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So, I finally got out for a decent sized ride on the 1100 after all the weather that we've had for the last month and a half. Still having some battery issues. It's the first time for a longer ride since the clutch was replaced. I already knew that it was working much better, but WOW! First, NO clunk when I put it into first gear. Acceleration is so much better, I don't take it on the highway much. I usually use the Road Star for that and the 1100 on the backroads. Highway acceleration was amazing and top end was so much better (I only took it up there a couple of times for a short while :p). An all around good time.
 

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Had a nice ride today. A little cool, no, it was down right cold about 2 hours in. I forgot to pause the Relive app so it shows riding for 13 hours. I actually only rode 8 hours and rest was out at property. I got some video but might be a day or two before I edit, got life stuff to do.


 

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Here's some raw video of my ride yesterday. Didn't edit much and it's long, 25 minutes. I was thinking some folks can't ride due to weather right now and might want to see a little more of the Texas hill country looks like. The higher terrain is about 30 miles west of my place. The video is me going around the lake from the east, then heading north, then west to then south to my place. Hopefully it's not too boring.

 
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The wife took today (Friday) off from work as a practice run for when she removes herself from the work force completely at the end of the month. Took the opportunity to take a little hop skip and jump to ride to a restaurant we hadn't been to yet. Turned out pretty good. I was also able to combine trips and go to a Harbor Freight near the restaurant to use my 30% off coupon. I wanted to get a 6" bench grinder wire wheel, but I wasn't paying close attention and just grabbed the first wire wheel I saw hanging on a hook labeled with correct item # and the price I was expecting. At the register the price seemed a little too low, but I just blew it off thinking my math skills were deteriorating due to lack of recent use. Should have known better. Got said wheel home and looked a little closer and found it was a 5" brush that will only fit a 5/8" arbor (mine is 1/2"). Should have known I was getting a too good to be true deal. Oh well, back out in the morning and swap at a closer location. I'm pretty sure I will go right by the scavenger hunt target on my way.....kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.

Friday's lunch and tool run:
 

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I stayed home yesterday and cleared the snow/slush from around the bikes and my block. The temperature was above freezing all day with bits of sun and wind to help dry the roads.

This morning was a very pleasant ride to work at 34°F. The roads to work were dry with an occasional spot of wet which I avoided easy enough in case they were ice. I know many of you have mentioned you don't ride in the cold at all and a couple have jabbed me about my own riding in temperatures at or below freezing. (Thanks for your concern, I do appreciate it). Any area of the road could be iced over which is the main hazard I suspect; at least that is what seems to be talked about the most.

One hazard of riding after a snow that doesn't get mentioned often on the bike forums is snow atop the cagers on the highways. This morning, I had that premonition to be extra careful about that exact thing. I was in the left lane on Brahma passing a few cars here and there. 4 miles before my left exit off the HOV lanes, a slower car pulls in front of me. At first, I thought I would just slow down and not pass them on their right. But atop their car was a sheet of ice/snow about 2" thick. I indicated to move right to pass them and as I crossed the lane line, the ice blew off the top of the car. It was truly magnificent! The sheet maintained most of its integrity as it took flight with only a couple of small pieces going astray. It flipped once and crashed into the highway with a brilliant shattering of ice right next to my leg.

I may have had a different opinion of the incident had I not moved over before it happened... Watch for flying ice folks...
 

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I don't know the details, since I don't live amid snow country, but from what I've read California has rule about not driving with snow on top of a vehicle. I see a lot of posts on FB showing, what the locals refer to as, idiot driving home from Mammoth or June ski resorts with a cap of snow on their car. Great fun, until the CHP stops them.
 
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Weather is supposed to get rainy tomorrow and then 46/31 Thursday, 46/29 Friday and 54/38 Saturday which is wee bit chilly for me for a joy ride, so I figured I'd enjoy a day out in the mid 60's today before things go bad. Just a ride to nowhere for no reason..... Pay no attention to the 2 pics of the gas pump at the end of the ride as I forgot to strip them out before generating the video and my cheap self won't pay for the premium version of Relive, so no editing allowed for me. Oh well......

 

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I don't know the details, since I don't live amid snow country, but from what I've read California has rule about not driving with snow on top of a vehicle. I see a lot of posts on FB showing, what the locals refer to as, idiot driving home from Mammoth or June ski resorts with a cap of snow on their car. Great fun, until the CHP stops them.
You are required to remove the snow here in Virginia as well. Many drivers are either ignorant of that or too lazy to do it.
 

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I rode into work today too. 23°F, wind chill 0°F at highway speed: glorious.
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I rode into work today too. 23°F, wind chill 0°F at highway speed: glorious.
23F! That's -5C in real money, so that's a hard pass from me. It's actually really cold here today at 10C/50F so I think I may break out the full face helmet for the commute today or just do what everyone else does and ride on whichever side of the road the sun is shining...
 

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Very nicely done! Liked the way you turned the camera when on the freeway.
 
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Weather was really nice today. Skipped out on the MIL while she was sleeping (that's about all she does all day anyway....LOL) and took our first "post wife's retirement" ride. Needed to get a WiFi extender/repeater for church, so figured the Port Arthur Best Buy was a reasonable place to shop, then to Beaumont for lunch and points north just because. Lollygagged around more than when I ride solo, but those neck rubs whilst rolling are sure nice. Took most of the day to get around 250 miles, but what the heck, we're retired....there's no rush.....

 

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Sunday was a beautiful sunny day here in So Cal. If you watched the SB, then you already know this. Decided to ride the entire length of CA Hwy 39 which runs from Huntington Beach (Surf City) to the mountains in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Around a 60 mile distance, but I live roughly half way between those points so the ride ends up double that. You can definitely snow ski and surf on the same day here in So Cal.

Relive 'Mountains to the Sea-SoCal Hwy 39-Feb 13/2022'
 

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Sunday was a beautiful sunny day here in So Cal. If you watched the SB, then you already know this. Decided to ride the entire length of CA Hwy 39 which runs from Huntington Beach (Surf City) to the mountains in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Around a 60 mile distance, but I live roughly half way between those points so the ride ends up double that. You can definitely snow ski and surf on the same day here in So Cal.

Relive 'Mountains to the Sea-SoCal Hwy 39-Feb 13/2022'
Nice ride!!
 
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Hadn't been to Yankee's Tavern in Carlos in a few years, so decided to make a run out there today to grab some lunch and see if it still looked the same. It did. But, I did find a @lesblank sized Harley hanging from the rafters.....
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On the way home ran across the Forest Service burning off underbrush in the Sam Houston National Forest. I believe there is some controversy surrounding the effectiveness of that process, but I will always be amazed it seems to know when to quit and not burn everything completely down. Science.... Couple of minute video of remnants of the burn, if interested:
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Not a daily ride for today but the future--just booked a 3-day motorcycle tour in central Portugal for the end of September. I'm pretty excited, though it's 6 months off. No Yamahas I'm afraid--evidently I'll be on some ADV-type bike, I believe a BMW but possibly Honda. Look forward to documenting this at the time!

As for the near future, hope to get a good ride in this weekend!
 

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We've got temps nearing 80°F this morning, so I took a ride to Hilltop Park for a nice view of our harbor. As usual, hazy even though the light breeze was coming onshore.

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The harbors are still packed with ships waiting to offload. By eye I cannot see any improvement over the pre-christmas period. Not scientific of course.
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I watched closely for any icy bridges, but luckily I did not find any.
 
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