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Red face That was a stupid thing to do!

I got the Versys out for the first time this year. It was over 50 and the roads were dry. I had a little running around to do so thought "Why Not"? So being warmish I didn't dress for the arctic just lined tour jacket, regular gloves and boots, After all I was only going about 5-10 miles. My 1st stop went OK, on the second, I was in Lowes a lot longer than I planed, I noticed it seemed chiller when leaving. Then to the Mall (or Maul ) and the Radio Shack, the shoe store and Sears. On walking back out I was shocked at how cold it was. The sign at the bank say 35. I'd left all my gear on the bike, saddle bags and tail truck are great, BUT it was all colder than a brass monkey! It ended up being 10 miles home and I was shivering so bad I almost dropped the bike backing it into the garage. NEVER going to go out without all extra clothing this time of year again.

I parked the bike last Nov. and other than being on the battery tender and being on the pit stands I haven't done anything other than start it once. BUT it fired right up and ran like a champ. I did clean it good, changed the oil and lubed the chain when I stored it. I did have to air up the tires as they were low, the little compressor I bought worked great other than being loud as crap! BUT after dealing with a grumpy old KLR in the spring it was a nice change. I did start the KLR this afternoon...took 10 min to get it to fire up and run right. BUT it did start!

Or was that look THEN leap?
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Similiar thing happened to me once..

I was working 2nd shift and didn't check the weather like I usually do. As soon as I got to work, everyone was like, are you crazy?? Temps are gonna be in the 20's tonight! I live in Central Florida so that's kinda crazy, but sure enough, temps started dropping.. I went to the kitchen before leaving around midnight and grabbed some cellophane. Wrapped my torso, arms, and made mittens to go over my gloves. Worked pretty good. Always check the weather every day since.
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Last winter I knowingly used to ride to work (3rd shift) in sub freezing conditions...Lowest I went to work in was 15F . Even got caught in a bit of snow. It's not bad if your dress like an Eskimo but you sure know it when you don't have enough clothes!

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Heated grips are nice for the times when you end up not dressed warmly enough for conditions. They're always on your bike, and adding heat to your hands can help keep your body warmer. Nowhere close to an electric jacket liner, but so much better than nothing.

I wore moto jeans and an uninsulated jacket today, and did not need the heated grips.

Glad things are a bit warmer now, since my Gerbings electric jacket liner needs to be sent in for repairs. Again. Sent it in just before the Winter too, and got it back repaired within a week. Even with turnaround that fast it could be bad if it's a cold week.
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Where I ride you can start your ride @ 75F go down to 25F and then up again to 90F, all in a single summer day ride.

Got to love Colorado.
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Must be interesting for you guys with winter climates to go through these challenges. Glad we dont have that here in the tropics.....all we have is hot, very hot, wet, very wet....ehehehe..
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Must be interesting for you guys with winter climates to go through these challenges. Glad we dont have that here in the tropics.....all we have is hot, very hot, wet, very wet....ehehehe..
You forgot to add very, very wet
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